Rosalie Silberman Abella was born on July 1, 1946, the daughter of Jacob and Fanny Silberman.
She was born in a displaced persons
camp in Stuttgart
, where her father, a lawyer
, was appointed by the Americans as head of legal services for displaced persons in the Allied Zone of Southwest Germany
In 1950, her family was admitted into Canada, though Jacob Silberman was not allowed to practice law because he was not a citizen.
From a young age, Rosalie was determined to become a lawyer.
She attended Oakwood Collegiate Institute
and Bathurst Heights Secondary School
in Toronto, Ontario.
She then attended the University of Toronto
, where she earned a B.A.
in 1967, and an LL.B
In 1964, Abella graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music
in classical piano.
Abella was called to the Ontario bar in 1972.
Abella practised civil and criminal litigation until 1976, when at the age of 29, she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court (which is now part of the Ontario Court of Justice
), becoming both the youngest and first pregnant judge in Canadian history.
She was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal
In 1984, Abella was appointed as the sole Commissioner of the 1984 federal Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, coining the term and concept of "employment equity
", a strategy for reducing barriers in employment faced by women, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and Aboriginal peoples
The theories of "equality" and "discrimination" that were developed in the Report were adopted by the Canadian Supreme Court in its first decision regarding equality rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
The recommendations outlined in report were adopted by other countries including, New Zealand
, South Africa
, and Northern Ireland
In 2004, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin
appointed Abella to the Supreme Court of Canada
. Abella became the first Jewish
woman to sit on the court.
She is eligible to serve on the Supreme Court until July 1, 2021 when she turns 75.
In February 2021, she announced that she would retire on that date, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
started the selection process of a new justice that would succeed her.
Honours and personal life
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- ^ Text of a speech given by Justice Abella to the Empire Club in Toronto on February 9, 2011, entitled "The World is not Unfolding as it Should: International Justice in Crisis", "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2013..
- ^ "Watch the Powerful Yale Graduation Address of the First Jewish Woman to Serve on Canada's Supreme Court". Tablet Magazine. June 16, 2016. Archived from the original on January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
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- ^ "The newest justices". CBC News. February 24, 2006. Archived from the original on August 31, 2004. Retrieved October 8, 2007.
- ^ "How Justice Rosalie Abella made Yale law grads cry on the happiest day of their lives". CBC Radio. May 29, 2016. Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
- ^ Shribman, David (August 26, 2019). "Revered from left and right, she'll soon be Canada's longest-serving judge". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 28, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
- ^ Office, Prime Minister's. "Prime Minister launches process to select the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada". www.newswire.ca.
- ^ "Golden Jubilee Medal". Archived from the original on June 25, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A"(PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 5, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- ^ "Honorary degrees awarded to nine outstanding individuals". Yale News. Archived from the original on October 3, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
- ^ Fine, Sean (January 13, 2017). "Canadian judge Rosalie Abella named Global Jurist of the Year". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
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