Wed, August 25, 2004

A sketch of Louise Charron, nominated to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada: - Age: 53. Born March 2, 1951, in Sturgeon Falls.

- Law career: Practised civil litigation in Ottawa after being called to the Ontario bar in 1977. Was an assistant Crown attorney from 1980 to 1985. Appointed to the District Court of Ontario in 1988. Named to Ontario Court of Appeal in 1995.

- Achievements: Taught law at the University of Ottawa from 1985 to 1988. Was associate director of the National Judicial Institute from 1994 to 1996, and from 2003 to 2004.

- Education: Graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1975.

- Quote: "The inclusion of same-sex cohabitees ... would only serve to further the desirable goals of the legislation," she wrote in a landmark 1996 ruling that affirmed the right of gays and lesbians to sue former partners for economic benefits.