Mar 24, 2020 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM - An Evening with Her Honour Beverley McLachlin in Conversation with Guy Pratte
361 University Avenue, Courthouse
Rotunda 2nd floor, TLA Lawyers Lounge
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1T3

Social event to follow

Join us for an intimate evening with Her Honour Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, as she is interviewed by seasoned litigator Guy Pratte about her recent memoir Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law.

In her inspiring memoir, Beverley McLachlin offers a candid view of her life, from her childhood in rural Pincher Creek, Alberta to her remarkable trajectory to the highest court in the land. From a young age, she had an innate sense of justice. It served her well as she distinguished herself as a lawyer and rose through the courts. Facing sexism, exclusion, and personal tragedy, she was determined to prove her worth.

As the Supreme Court’s longest-serving Chief Justice, Her Honour presided over the most prominent cases in the country, including ground-breaking Charter challenges involving assisted death, women's rights, marriage equality and indigenous issues. One judgment at a time, she laid down a legal legacy that proved that justice and fairness were not luxuries of the powerful but rather obligations owed to each and every one of us.

In Truth Be Told, Her Honour shares her insights into today’s most pressing legal, moral and social questions while elegantly linking her personal story with some of her more prominent judgments. With warmth, honesty and wisdom, she invites us into her legal and personal life, which she describes as a "serendipitous concatenation of circumstance", and into the hopes and doubts, the triumphs and losses on and off the bench.

Her Honour Beverley McLachlin
is a jurist and author who served as the 17th Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to 2017, the first woman to hold that position. She currently serves as a non-permanent judge on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.

Guy J. Pratte is a partner in BLG's Litigation Group and the Leader of its Appellate Advocacy Group.

Litigation Counsel Mark Gannage, TLA Board Director and Education Committee Chair, will be the moderator.

Program details

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

5:15 – 7:15 p.m. (Registration at 5:00 p.m.)
Social event to follow

TLA Lawyers Lounge, 2nd Floor, 361 University Avenue Court House

Registration Fee:

  • Members $30.00 + HST
  • Members New Calls and Licensing Candidates $20.00 + HST
  • Non-Members and Friends of the TLA $90.00 + HST 
This program is not eligible for complimentary tickets.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 

Register online now or download the form.

No refunds after March 17, 2020. An administrative fee of $25.00 will be applied to all cancellations. Space is limited, no walk-ins.

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