News from the Nova Scotia Caucus: The Frances Fish Award for Women Lawyers

The Nova Scotia caucus of NAWL (“NSAWL”) held its second Frances Fish Women Lawyers’ Achievement Awards dinner on October 21, 1999. The awards dinner honoured Dawn Russell, Dean of Dalhousie Law School, and Anne Derrick, a partner at the law firm Beaton, Derrick & Ring in Halifax, who has been a legal activist for equality issues.

The Frances Fish Awards were established in 1997 by NSAWL in honour of the first female law graduate from Dalhousie Law School. The awards are presented to women with a connection to Nova Scotia who have achieved professional excellence and have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women’s equality in or through the legal profession.

The 1999 recipients, Anne Derrick and Dawn Russell, were selected for their outstanding accomplishments in the course of their careers. Anne Derrick is a prominent lawyer and social activist on the local and national scene who has used her legal skills to effect social change and promote the equality of women and minority groups. Dawn Russell is the first female Dean of Dalhousie Law School, and in this position has been a trail blazer for women entering and continuing in the profession. The keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Constance Glube, Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, one of the first recipients of the Frances Fish Awards. The NSAWL caucus was very pleased to be able to contribute proceeds from the Frances Fish Awards Dinner and silent auction towards the ongoing work of NAWL.

Chantal Richard is member of NAWL National Steering Committee and a member of Nova Scotia Caucus on Women and the Law