Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 19, 2009 12:41 ET

Trail-Blazing Judge Receives Honorary Doctorate from Law Society

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.), to Madame Justice Frances Kiteley today, during a ceremony held at Roy Thomson Hall to welcome new lawyers to the profession.

Law Society Treasurer W. A. Derry Millar presented the honorary doctorate to Madame Justice Kiteley for making women's issues a Law Society priority, and for her important contributions to the administration of justice in Ontario. "Elected to the Law Society at a time when women benchers were still few in number, she made enormous contributions and initiated great changes that shattered the stereotypical attitudes held by many of her male colleagues," said the Treasurer.

As part of its Call ceremonies each year, the Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. Recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the graduating classes as they begin their careers.

The Law Society called more than 300 lawyers to the Ontario Bar on June 19. More than 1,200 new lawyers were called to the Bar this month at five ceremonies held across Ontario.

Madam Justice Frances Kiteley was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in 1995. After her Call to the Bar in 1976, she began a successful practice in civil litigation and family law. She served as a bencher of the Law Society from 1987 to 1995, chairing the Women in the Legal Profession Committee and the Legal Aid Committee.

In addition to her judicial duties, she is actively involved in court technology issues. She was Ontario's representative on the Judges Technology Advisory Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council, a judicial member of the Ontario E-Filing Implementation Committee, and she is currently the co-chair of the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Court Technology. She is also a founding member and chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network Board. In 1994, she was awarded the Law Society Medal.

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a mandate to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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