In Memoriam: The Honourable Constance R. Glube QC, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia

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The Honourable Constance R. Glube QCThe Society expresses deep condolences to family, friends & colleagues of the Honourable Constance R. Glube QC, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. She passed away on Monday, February 15 at age 84.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at 2:00 pm at Shaar Shalom Synagogue, 1981 Oxford Street in Halifax.

Chief Justice Glube was a trailblazer in Canada’s legal profession and leaves an inspiring legacy: she was the first woman appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court bench (1977), and the first woman appointed as Chief Justice of a Canadian court (1982, NSSC). In 1998 she was also appointed Chief Justice of Nova Scotia and of the Court of Appeal.

Called to the Bar 60 years ago after graduating from Dalhousie Law School, she practised at the Halifax law firm of Kitz Matheson and later as a partner in Fitzgerald and Glube. She joined the legal department at Halifax City Hall in 1969 and soon became Halifax’s city manager, the first woman to hold that position in any Canadian city.

Chief Justice Glube ("Connie" to friends and colleagues) retired from the courts in 2004 after 48 years in the legal profession – 21 as a lawyer and another 27 as a judge. She remained a Life Member of the Society and an active volunteer during her retirement.

“Justice Glube was a feminist hero,” Society President Jill Perry said Monday. “Not simply because of her long list of pioneering achievements but also because she was an unfailing source of support, encouragement and mentorship for women in law.”

Premier Stephen McNeil offered condolences in a written statement on behalf of government: "Constance Glube's contributions to the law and to our province are profound. She maintained a lifelong commitment to gender, ethnic and religious equality and opportunity." 

Many honours and accolades throughout her life included the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada in recognition of her “enduring contributions to the administration of justice for more than four decades … she continues to be a role model for women of all ages and professions.”  She was one of the first recipients of the Frances Fish Women Lawyers Achievement Award, presented to women who have achieved professional excellence and demonstrate a commitment to women's equality in the legal profession. In 2009, the Canadian Bar Association’s Nova Scotia branch established the Constance R. Glube Spirit Award to recognize achievement in law by Nova Scotian women lawyers.

For more details on Chief Justice Glube’s career and legacy, see her obituary on the Courts of Nova Scotia website and the detailed tribute on the Schulich School of Law website.