Chronology: Women and the Legal Profession in Saskatchewan

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By Alan Kilpatrick

In honour of International Women’s Day we have reproduced a chronology of women and the legal profession in Saskatchewan.  This chronology was compiled for a 1988 survey of female graduates from the University of Saskatchewan’s College Of Law.

Mary Cathcart
Mary Cathcart
HallElsie
Elsie Hall
Dorothy Greensmith
Dorothy Greensmith
Tillie Taylor
Tillie Taylor
Mary Batten
Mary Batten

 

 

 

 

 

1913 –   M. Burgess became the first women to register as a student at law in Saskatchewan; she did so on the very first day that The Legal Profession Act was amended to allow women to practice law.

1917 –   Mary Cathcart became the first women to be admitted to the Bar in Saskatchewan.

1917 –   Jean Ethel MacLachlan became the first female Justice of the Peace in Canada as well as Saskatchewan.

1920 –   Elsie Hall became the first woman to earn her LLB from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.

1948 –   Dorothy Greensmith became the first woman to be named King’s Counsel western Canada.

1960 –   Tillie Taylor became the first female provincial magistrate in Saskatchewan.

1964 –   Mary Batten became the first women to be appointed a District Court Judge in Saskatchewan.

1974 –   Bonita Rourke became the first female law professor on tenure track at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.

1983 –   Mary Batten became the first female Chief Justice to a Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatchewan.

1984 –   Majorie Gerwing became the first woman to be appointed Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

 

Sources

Savarese, J, & Keet, M, & Sutherland, K. Survey of Women Graduates from the College of Law. (University of Saskatchewan College of Law, 1988).

 

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