Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, OQ, is the first appointed black judge in the history of Quebec. She also holds the distinction of being the first black dean of a law school (University of Windsor's Faculty of Law) in Canada’s history.
Dr. Westmoreland-Traoré was born in Verdun in 1942 of Guyanese parents. After receiving her law degree from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate from the University of Paris, she began practising law in 1970. From 1983 to 1985, she was a Commissioner for the Canadian Human Rights Commission. From 1991 to 1995, she was Employment Equity Commissioner of Ontario. She was appointed a Judge of the Court of Quebec for the District of Montreal in 1999.
In 1991, she was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
Presented by the Patricia Allen Memorial Lecture; the Annie MacDonald Langstaff Workshop Series; the Faculty of Law; the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies; the Black Law Students Association of McGill; and the McGill Law Women's Caucus.