Who was the first female lawyer in canada

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Justice Bertha Wilson: One Womans Difference by Kim Brooks

Bertha Wilsons appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1982 capped off a career of firsts. Wilson had been the first woman lawyer and partner at a prominent Toronto law firm and the first woman appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. Her career and passing in 2007 have provoked reflection on her contributions to Canadian society and the question, what difference do women judges make? Justice Bertha Wilson examines Wilsons career through three distinct frames - foundations, controversy, and reflections - and a wide range of feminist perspectives. Taken together, these provocative essays paint a nuanced portrait of a complex, controversial woman who made a deep impression on the Canadian legal landscape.
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The preponderance of women in law schools has finally compellingly refuted the strongly held and strongly voiced objections of those who opposed the admission of Clara Brett Martin to legal education and practice. For becoming the first woman to practise law was not merely an unconventional career choice in the late nineteenth. In deciding to forego a teaching career to attempt to enter a profession from which she was barred by law as well as custom and a powerful legal establishment, Martin took significant risks of time, money and reputation.
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Clara Brett Martin

The first woman to earn a law degree in New Brunswick, Mabel Priscilla Penery French applied for admittance to the bar in She was told under existing Canadian law that a woman was not a person, and only a person could practice. She went to court. The chief justice huffed that if women could become lawyers, why, they might next become soldiers, police or even judges! She responded by refusing to pay her bills. The court had a dilemma. Money trumped exclusivity.

Women in law in Canada describes the role played by women in the legal profession and related occupations in Canada, which includes lawyers also called barristers , attorneys or legal counselors , prosecutors , judges , legal scholars, law professors and law school deans. In Canada, while In in Canada, "there were 22, practicing women lawyers and 37, practicing men lawyers. Visible minority lawyers accounted for Aboriginal lawyers accounted for 1.

Source: Link. In an era when less than one per cent of the Canadian population undertook post-secondary education, all of the Martin children spent some time at university. In Hilary term Martin petitioned the Law Society of Upper Canada to admit her as its first female student-at-law. The bill was subjected to a blistering attack from opposition leader William Ralph Meredith. After a heated discussion, the vote on the motion for admission came out as a tie.

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  1. Biography – MARTIN, CLARA BRETT – Volume XV () – Dictionary of Canadian Biography

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