Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré was born in Verdun (Montréal) in 1942. After receiving her law degree from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate from the Université de Paris, she began practising law in 1970. From 1979 to 1983, she was a member of the Office de protection des consommateurs du Québec.
In 1985, Ms. Westmoreland-Traoré became the first chair of Quebec’s Conseil des communautés culturelles et de l’immigration.
In that capacity, she worked diligently to build bridges between Quebec’s diverse communities. Between 1996 and 1999, she was the dean of the Law Faculty at the University of Windsor, the first black Canadian to hold such a post. Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré is now a judge in Quebec, and is also the first black Canadian to be appointed to the bench in that province.
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