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Annie MacDonald Langstaff Workshops, with Margot E. Halpenny & Patricia Allen Memorial Lectures

Annie MacDonald Langstaff workshops

Inaugurated in 1988 in honour of Annie MacDonald Langstaff, BCL '14, the first woman to earn a law degree in Quebec, the workshops provide a forum for academics, judges, lawyers, and community activists to present scholarly research and practical insights on issues relating to women and the law.

Two named lectures, the Margot E. Halpenny Memorial Lecture and the Patricia Allen Memorial Lecture are given each year as part of the series, in addition to three or four additional presentations.

Some past workshops

(Our apologies: most of our event links below were broken or lost when the web calendar system at McGill was moved to a new platform)

  • 12 November 2010: Leslie Moran- Judging Pictures: Exploring the 'Public Sex' of the Judiciary
  • 1 October 2010: Constance Backhouse - Canada’s First Same-Sex “Lesbian” Sexual Assault Prosecution
  • 17 March 2010: Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré - Seeking Equality in Criminal Law: Continuing Challenges, Renewed Purpose
  • 26 October 2009: Harvey Brownstone - Keeping it Real: Straight Talk from a Judge about the Bitter Realities of Family Court
  • 23 October 2009: Pearl Eliadis - Women's Rights as Human rights: How Are We Doing Today?
  • 21 October 2009: Séverine Mathieu - Identités plurielles: couple mixtes et transmission du judaïsme
  • 28 March 2008: Reflections on the contributions of Madame Justice Bertha Wilson
  • 6 March 2008: Sophie Latraverse - La haute autorité de lutte contre les discriminations et pour l'égalité: Contexte et enjeux
  • 11 February 2008: Maria Rosaria Marella - Regulating families: Intersecting legal regimes
  • 11 January 2008: Lisa C. Philipps - Just helping out: The tax treatment of informal family workers
  • 30 November 2007: Solangel Moldanado - Facilitating paternal engagement: What the U.S. can learn from Quebec
  • 19 January 2007: Martha Jackman - Health and equality: Is there a cure?
  • 3 March 2006: Lucie Lamarche - Régulations publiques, travail des femmes et accords de commerce: le Sombre Vilain n'est pas toujours celui que l'on croit
  • 3 February 2006: Janet Halley - Figure and ground in the humanitarian law of rape
  • 27 January 2006: Mariana Valverde - Local government and queer citizenship
  • 30 March 2005: Lucie White - Trafficking care
  • 18 February 2005: Constance Backhouse & Diana Majury - Grandview Training School: An attempt to create a feminist adjudication process
  • 15 November 2004: Guylaine Vallée - Le travail atypique et les paradoxes de la responsabilité sociale de l'entreprise
  • 10 November 2004: Margrit Eichler - Lifting the veil of invisibility: Unpaid housework and lifelong learning
  • 20 February 2004: Orit Kamir - Women on Towards a theory of law and film
  • 21 November 2003: Maria Aristodemou - Women on the verge of the law: Feminism and Almodovar
  • 3 October 2003: Rebecca Johnson - Strange encounters: 'Unforgiven' and the spaces of citizenship
  • 19 February 2003: Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré - Judging in a multiracial society
  • 30 October 2002: Michèle Rivet - L'impartialité et l'identité: Le défi du jugement

Margot E. Halpenny Memorial Lecture

Margot Halpenny, BA'72, LLB'76, became a member of the Ontario Bar and spent the last ten years of her career working for Noranda as legal counsel. After her passing, donations poured in from friends in her honour. Her family felt that these donations would be properly directed to the McGill Law Faculty, given Margot’s educational background and the family’s overall strong affiliations with McGill. The Margot E. Halpenny Memorial Lecture honours her memory.

Some past lectures

  • 14 October 2008: The Politics of Rape: Jane Doe Speaks at McGill
  • 23 November 2007: Fiona Sampson - A perfect storm of inequality - Women's equality rights in 2007
  • 14 March 2006: David Lepofsky - Achieving equality for persons with disabilities - What works?

Patricia Allen Memorial Lecture

Created in 1992 by the Class of 88 in memory of Patricia Allen, a graduate of the Faculty who was tragically and senselessly murdered, this annual lectureship is devoted to sensitizing and educating the legal community and others about pressing social and legal issues, particularly that of violence against women.

Some past lectures

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