In September 1992, Patricia Hughes was appointed the first holder of the Mary Louise Lynch Chair in Women and the Law. Described as a "feminist scholar with a commitment to activism," Dr. Hughes completed her BA and MA at McMaster University before receiving a PhD from the University of Toronto. A Law degree from Osgoode Hall followed and she was called to the Ontario bar in 1984 before coming to UNB, Dr. Hughes' impressive resume included teaching positions at Brandon University, Nipissing University College, and Atkinson College, York University; researching for the Abella Commission on Equality in Employment; acting as counsel to Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General; and serving as Vice-President of the Ontario Labour Relations Board. The aim of the Women and the Law Chair was to work toward "a more complete integration of feminist issues, concerns, and approaches as a normal part of all aspects of legal education at UNB." Dr. Hughes left UNB in 2001 to accept the position of Dean of Law at the University of Calgary.
- University Perspectives, vol. 19, no. 1, 14 September 1992, p. 1.
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