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Prominent Canadian judge receives honorary degree from Queen's

The Honourable George E. Carter receives his honourary degree from Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf.

On Monday, the Honourable George E. Carter, a retired provincial court judge, was conferred an honorary degree by Queen's University at a special luncheon ceremony at Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto. Judge Carter is considered the first native-born jurist of African descent in Canada and rose to his position from humble beginnings as one of the country's early black lawyers.

Starting his legal career in Toronto after articling with firms willing to assist a young minority lawyer in an age of discrimination, Judge Carter established a distinguished career as a pioneer for broadened justice for minorities. At age 93, Judge Carter continues to practise from a home office serving a clientele that includes many from his own West Indian community.

Judge Carter was scheduled to receive his honourary during the Spring 2014 Convocation season but was unable to attend.