The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin is the longest serving Chief Justice of Canada, and the first woman to hold that distinguished position. Chief Justice McLachlin graduated as the gold medalist in her class at the University of Alberta, and practised in Alberta and British Columbia before joining the Faculty of Law at UBC in 1974 as a tenured Associate Professor.
After teaching at UBC for seven years, Chief Justice McLachlin began a meteoric rise through the judiciary. In April 1981 she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. Over the course of the next seven years, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, followed by the British Columbia Court of Appeal, was subsequently appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and finally as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. On January 7, 2000, she was appointed Chief Justice of Canada by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
On March 3, 2015, alumni UBC and Wesbrook Village presented the third in the series of Wesbrook Talks, featuring former professor and honorary UBC alumna, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin. Learn how she became interested in law and hear about some of the influences that have shaped her long, successful career. The conversation was moderated by Mary Anne Bobinski, Dean and Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law:
On September 26, 2016, Chief Justice McLachlin again visited UBC to participate in the Allard Law History Project. She discussed her experiences relating to the development of legal education in Canada, including the changing status of women in the legal profession.
For more, listen to the Allard Law History Project interview with Beverley McLachlin.