Nova Sco­tia’s first fe­male Supreme Court judge dies

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

HAL­I­FAX — Con­stance Glube, an award­win­ning lawyer who re­peat­edly made his­tory as the first woman to hold sev­eral high-pro­file roles in the Nova Sco­tia ju­di­ciary, has died. She was 84. An obit­u­ary posted on­line by the Law Courts of Nova Sco­tia says Glube was called to the bar in 1956 af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Dal­housie Univer­sity in Hal­i­fax and spent 21 years as a lawyer be­fore be­ing ap­pointed to the bench as the first woman on the Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court.

The Ottawa-born Glube made his­tory again in 1982 when she be­came the court’s chief jus­tice and was also ap­pointed chief jus­tice of Nova Sco­tia and the Court of Ap­peal in 1998.

Dur­ing her life­time, Glube also served as Hal­i­fax’s city man­ager — the first woman to hold that po­si­tion in a Cana­dian city.

Glube was awarded the Frances Fish Women Lawyers Achieve­ment Award in 1997, which was named af­ter Nova Sco­tia’s first woman lawyer.

The on­line obit­u­ary says Glube, who died Mon­day, was ded­i­cated “to overcoming the gen­der, eth­nic, and religious bar­ri­ers of her era.”

“As a Jewish woman liv­ing in the Canada of the mid-1900s, her story is one of a life­long com­mit­ment to the prin­ci­ple of equal op­por­tu­nity in her com­mu­nity and in her cho­sen pro­fes­sion,” it reads.

Other achieve­ments in­clude be­com­ing an of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Canada in 2006 and hav­ing an award cre­ated in her name by the Nova Sco­tia branch of the Cana­dian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion.

Glube re­tired in De­cem­ber 2004 af­ter 48 years in the le­gal pro­fes­sion.


Con­stance Glube, left, the first fe­male judge on Nova Sco­tia’s Supreme Court, joined the Or­der of Canada in 2006.

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