Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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CLAIRE L’HEUREUX-DUBÉ (1927–)

Claire L’Heureux-Dubé” has had a long and distinguished career in the legal profession. She began her career as a lawyer and has sat as a judge of the Cour Supérieur du Québec, the Cour d’Appel du Québec, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Throughout the stages of her career as a law student, practitioner, and judge, she was consistently one of the first women to hold those positions. While her contribution to the development and reform of family law in Québec and Canada is particularly noteworthy, in her career as a judge Justice L’HeureuxDubé” has been a generalist, writing important decisions in all fields of law.

In addition to her work as a judge, her intellectual contribution to law in Canada has included work on family law reform in Quebec, a major report on the Department of Manpower and Immigration filed under Canada’s Public Inquiries Act, and numerous scholarly articles, predominantly in the field of family law. Justice L’Heureux-Dubé has been an active member of a number of legal and educational institutes and has received honorary doctoral degrees from seven Canadian law schools.

L’Heureux-Dubé’s career has been shaped by her commitment to justice in a practical form. A self-described “pragmatic idealist,” Justice L’Heureux-Dubé” espouses a vision of law that places a commitment to equality and justice over the technical formalities of law.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Claire L’Heureux was born on September 7, 1927, in Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec. She was the first of four daughters born to Paul L’Heureux and Marguerite Dion. Her father served as a colonel in the army and in civil life was a collector of customs and excise successively in Rimouski,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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