I am writing from Vancouver, British Columbia, where I am participating in a symposium to recognize the judicial career of Beverley McLachlin, recently retired as Chief Justice of Canada, a position she held from 2000 until the end of 2017.
Chief Justice McLachlin hired me to serve as her law clerk when I graduated from Yale Law School. It was a privilege unlike any other to return home to Ottawa to work with her.
This weekend's symposium at the University of British Columbia offered me the opportunity to reflect on her legacy as Chief Justice. I wrote a paper entitled "The Expositor and Guardian of Our Constitutional Values," which has been published in a special collection of essays recognizing the Chief's immense contributions to Canada. The paper is available here.