Victoria lawyer Constance D. Isherwood, QC has been named the recipient of the 2016 Law Society Award. After 65 years in the profession, at age 96, she is also British Columbia’s oldest practicing lawyer. This is the first time the award will be given to a female lawyer.
In 1951, Mrs. Isherwood became the first woman to receive the Law Society’s gold medal, awarded to the graduating law student with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Throughout her career she has mentored many young women in the profession, for example by organizing networking opportunities in the 1970’s with “Lady Lawyers’ Lunches” in Victoria.
According the The Law Society, her accolades include: The Queen’s Counsel designation in 1998; the University of Victoria’s Lifetime Achievement Legacy Award in 2006; the Victoria Women’s Pioneer Award from the CBA Victoria Women’s Forum in 2012; an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UBC in 2015; and the 2016 Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.
The Law Society Award honours the lifetime contribution of the truly exceptional in the legal profession. Offered every two years, the award is based on the criteria of integrity, professional achievement, service and law reform. The Award is made chiefly in recognition of contributions to the advancement of the profession or the law, but public service outside the legal profession will be considered.
The award will be presented to Mrs. Isherwood at the Bench and Bar dinner on November 17, 2016.