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Chief Justice of Canada to receive honourary degree at MUN convocation

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

Canada’s highest ranking judge will be honoured by Memorial University next month.

Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin will receive the honourary degree of doctor of laws from MUN at its fall convocation on Oct. 9.

“The conferral of this honourary degree on Chief Justice McLachlin recognizes her remarkable contribution to the public life of Canada and in particular to the justice system of the country,” Derek Green, the Chief Justice of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal said

“As Canada’s longest-serving chief justice, her influence on Canadian law and life has been immense.”

McLachlin will also be at MUN on Oct. 19 to deliver the 2017 Francis Forbes Annual Law Lecture. Her topic will be “Canada’s Criminal Justice System in the 21st Century – addressing the challenges.”

The Forbes Lecture was established to promote public engagement by the university in the community through dialogue on legal issues of public importance.

Green said the lectures on legal topics are particularly important in this province, which does not yet have its own law school.

Attendance at the Forbes Lecture is free. The lecture will take place in Room IIC2001, Innovation Hall Theatre of the Bruneau Centre MUN at 7:30 p.m.

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