Patricia DeGuire

Patricia DeGuire: known for her passion for the law, justice, commitment to public service, coaching, mentoring, sponsoring and legal education to multi-professionals, particularly young Women-of-Colour.
Patricia was called to the Ontario bar in February 1993. Articled with MAG. Worked in criminal defence for 2 1/2 years. Serves as a full-time adjudicator/arbitrator/mediator for over 21 years on Provincial and Federal Tribunals, including the Immigration Appeal Division of the IRB, Vice-Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, and Ontario Parole Board. She is a Deputy Judge, Ontario Superior Court/SCC Division). Patricia serves as First Vice-President of JusticeNet; served on the Board of Directors, Legal Aid Ontario; OBA/CBA Council Member, and 20 years as Executive Member of its Women Legal Forum. Patricia is a Constitutional Law scholar; holds a Fellow of Chartered Insurance Professionals of Canada (Claims); co-author/co-editor of the first Canadian Insurance Dictionary; and LSUC Coach/Advisor.
Patricia is a co-founder of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and the Black Law Students' Association of Canada, a founder of the Hon. Julius Alexander Isaac Scholarship, the Forum for Education for At-Risk Youth and presented at the OCCBA, Caribbean Union.
She is the 2006 recipient of the LSUC Lincoln Alexander Award; the 2007Legal Aid Ontario’s GEM Award for outstanding public service, 2008, in acknowledgement of her dedication to students and young lawyers, BLSAC named its moot cup in her honour. She is the first CBA Rare-Find and in April 2012, the OBA Distinguished Service Award.