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Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré


Dec 9, 2021

Juanita Westmoreland-Traore, OQ (born March 10, 1942)[1] is the first black judge in the history of Quebec.[2] She is also the first black dean of a law school (the University of Windsor Faculty of Law) in Canada’s history.[2]

Canadian judge
Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré

Nationality Canadian
Education Doctorate in Public Law (1972)
Dipl. d’etudes superieures en sciences administratives (1968)
LL 1, Universite de Paris/Universite de Montreal (1966), BA, Marianopolis College (1963)
Occupation Judge
Known for 1st Black Canadian judge in Quebec

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Westmoreland-Traoré was born in Verdun, now part of Montreal, Quebec, in 1942, the daughter of immigrants from Guyana.[2][3] She studied at Marianopolis College, and subsequently obtained a law degree from the Université de Montréal (1966) and a doctorate from the University of Paris.[1][2]

She was called to the Quebec Bar in 1969,[3] and began practising law in 1970 with the law firm of Mergler, Melançon.[1][2] She has also been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1997.[3] During the 1970s, Westmoreland-Traoré taught at the Université de Montréal from 1972 to 1976,[4] and from 1976 to 1991 at the Université du Québec à Montréal.[3] In 1990, Westmoreland-Traoré was an arbitrator to the Human Rights Tribunal of Quebec.[4]

Westmoreland-Traoré was also a member of the Office de protection des consommateurs du Québec from 1979 to 1983.[1] From 1983 to 1985, she was a Commissioner for the Canadian Human Rights Commission. In 1985, she became the first chair of Quebec’s Council on Cultural Communities and Immigration.[2][4]

From 1991 to 1995, she was Employment Equity Commissioner of Ontario.[3] In this role, she set up support to monitor the introduction of employment equity planning to seventeen thousand Ontario businesses.[4] From 1996 to 1999 she was the dean of the University of Windsor‘s law faculty.[2] She was appointed a Judge of the Court of Quebec for the District of Montreal in 1999.[3]

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