(WINDSOR, ON) – Mary Jo McLaughlin Nolan will be recognized with an honorary Doctor of Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada on June 19 in London. As part of its Call to the Bar ceremonies each year, the Law Society awards the honorary distinctions to recognize outstanding achievements in its profession, the rule of law, or the cause of justice.
Nolan was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983 and was the first female appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Essex County. Over a varied career she has administered justice as a social worker, court manager, counsel, case management master, and judge of the Superior Court of Justice.
In particular, she has been an advocate for access to justice for the most vulnerable residents in Windsor and southern Ontario, especially troubled families and children.
The Law Society says Nolan, “… has also been a mentor and an example to hundreds of law students and lawyers, not only as a lawyer and a judge, but also as an educator at the University of Windsor, inspiring many to follow their passion and to serve the public.”
Nolan retired from the Bench in 2014, but continues to work as an arbitrator and mediator. As part of the recognition, she will deliver the keynote address to the 85 new lawyers at the ceremony.
More than 1,600 new lawyers will be called to the Bar at six ceremonies throughout the province this month.