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An International Conversation with the Honourable Justice Rita-Jean Maxwell (JD 2001)

Join the Centre for International Experience in conversation with the Honourable Rita-Jean Maxwell (JD 2001), Judge of the Superior Court of Justice. Part of U of T’s Black History Month programming, Justice Maxwell will reflect on her international education, accomplished law career, and the significance of community building.

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Join the Centre for International Experience in conversation with the Honourable Rita-Jean Maxwell (JD 2001), Judge of the Superior Court of Justice. Part of U of T’s Black History Month programming, Justice Maxwell will reflect on her international education, accomplished law career, and the significance of community building.

Note: This conversation will focus on early career themes, and all are welcome to attend.


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Justice Rita J. Maxwell - A.B. (Harvard College), JD (University of Toronto Faculty of Law), LLM (Georgetown Law School).

Justice Maxwell started her career in civil litigation before specializing in criminal litigation. She acted as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Toronto for many years prosecuting serious crimes of violence and crimes involving vulnerable persons. From 2015-2017, she acted as Legal Counsel to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She also worked as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Justice Maxwell was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2017 and the Superior Court of Justice in 2021.

In addition to teaching legal ethics, Justice Maxwell teaches criminal law, evidence law, and trial advocacy at various law schools. 


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