|Retired Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dube and Lady Brenda Hale|
I went to hang out and listen to some of the sessions (and spend some time sitting beside 'my' judge, the most fabulous retired Madame Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dube).
The event was oversubscribed (i should have taken care of registration MONTHS in advance), but I got on the waitlist, and I was able register on the day, though I was told that the tickets for the Gala Dinner at the end were totally gone.
Fine! No problem! I was just so happy to be able to sit in the sessions and listen and watch. You can check out the program on-line (click on the left-hand links to "Conference Program" and "Social Program").
|"The Three Graces" (Connie Backhouse joins the judges)|
There were close to no academics there (less than a handful of us)...but what a richness of women judges!
The world is not the place it was when I first started law school.
It was completely inspiring for me to be there to see such diversity.
It was also quite a thing to be able to sit there to see the ways that judges share their experiences and insights with other judges.
|Three more graces with a theme colour?|
One of the really enjoyable parts of the event were the 'having coffee in the halls' part of the conference.
I have been taught by, mentored by, or watched from afar or in court MANY of the women judges from the Canadian delegation, and it was great fun to chat in the halls with them between sessions.
At one point, a group had said they would see me the next evening at the Gala dinner. I told them that they would NOT see me, since the tickets were all gone. Ten minutes later, Lucie-Anne LaVigne returned with a ticket in hand! Another judge had to leave early (Shiranee Tilakawardane from the Sri Lankan Supreme Court...whom deseves a huge thank you for me!), and had given her the ticket to pass along to some needy person. SCORE!!!!!
|my mom's choice of necklace|
|List of important trials held in the Guild Hall|
The banqueting hall was like an amazing cathedral.
The walls were covered with statues and memorials.
|Duke Wellington on the wall|
|Memorial to Admiral Nelson|
|Gog or Magog? the view from my seat at dinner|
And then,.. to push it over the top, there was a musical program between courses: a mezzo and a soprano, singing gems of music (''O mio babbino caro', 'the flower duet', nessun dorma, etc) from a balcony half way down the room.
Talk about feeding the soul alongside the belly!