Meet the Board

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Throughout the years, the National Steering Committee has been made up of dynamic women from diverse backgrounds. The new committee is no exception. NAWL is pleased to introduce the 2002-2004 NSC members:

Claudine Barabé

Claudine Barabé is an attorney and political scientist advocating for the judicial and social rights of unemployed persons, workers, EIC and welfare recipients and traditionally underprivileged groups. Her profession has caused her to focus on social, administrative, labour, federal and constitutional law. She has also appeared as counsel before various courts. She defines herself as a practitioner and a litigant with expertise at the judicial level and in courtroom advocacy for fundamental rights.

Kim Brooks

Kim Brooks has been an active member with the National Association of Women and the Law since she began her law degree at the University of British Columbia in 1994. She has worked with the Vancouver caucus of NAWL in the past, and currently is a member of the National Steering Committee and the fiscal policy-working group, and acts as a trustee on the NAWL trust.

Kim began her teaching career at Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2001, where she teaches tax and torts. Her research areas focus on tax law and policy. She does research from law and economics and equality perspectives.

Prior to joining Queen’s, Kim practiced tax law at a large Bay Street firm (1997 – 2001). As a tax lawyer, she focused on corporate and international tax, and in particular on cross-border investments and transactions.

Kim has an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall. She is also active as a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and the Court Challenges Program’s Equality Advisory Committee.

Janice Brown

Janice Brown is a lawyer who lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She has worked for private law firms, government and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. In addition to her law degree, Ms. Brown holds an MA in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Prior to attending law school, she worked for a number of years in the field of international development. During that time, her work focused primarily on gender issues in development. In particular, she worked closely with women’s organizations in Canada and overseas, developed resource materials and provided training for managers of international development organizations, and coordinated public education initiatives dealing with the role of women in development. She has also worked as a consultant with a number of federal government departments and commissions, including the Canadian International Development Agency and the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies.

Over the years, Ms. Brown has been an active volunteer and board member for a variety of non-government organizations, including Oxfam Canada, CUSO, the People’s Summit (Halifax, 1995), the Ecology Action Centre and, of course, the Nova Scotia caucus of NAWL. Ms. Brown brings to NAWL a deep commitment to advancing women’s equality rights, a sound understanding of the gendered nature of our legal system, and extensive experience working with both government and NGOs.

Patricia Doyle Bedwell

Madame Patricia Doyle-Bedwell est une femme Mi’kmaq, originaire de Bangor (Maine). Elle possède un baccalauréat ès arts (sociologie et anthropologie sociale), ainsi qu’une licence et une maîtrise en droit de l’Université Dalhousie. Elle dirige actuellement le programme de l’année de transition de l’Université Dalhousie et l’Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Program à la Faculté de droit de Dalhousie. Patricia a déjà présidé le Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Elle a eu l’honneur de servir au sein de l’équipe de représentantes des ONG qui se sont rendues défendre les droits internationaux des femmes aux Nations Unies, à Genève. Patricia a également participé, en mai 2000, à la Tournée d’étude canadienne de la Gouverneure générale, ce qui l’a amenée à parcourir les Territoires du Nord-Ouest. Sa thèse de maîtrise portait sur la politique d’éducation des Mi’kmaq et sur la compensation due aux personnes ayant survécu aux écoles résidentielles. Ses domaines d’intérêt comprennent les femmes Autochtones et les questions environnementales, dans les dossiers de l’autodétermination et des revendications territoriales. Patricia est mariée et a un fils.

Marlène Dubuisson Balthazar