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Convocation date: May 12, 1964
Discipline / contribution: jurisprudence ; public service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the University Council and Senate, I present to you Mr. Justice Emmett Mathew Hall.Degree received: Doctor of Civil Law
Emmett Mathew Hall was born in St. Columban, Quebec in 1898 and grew up speaking French and English with his ten brothers and sisters. The family moved to Saskatoon in 1910 and Judge Hall attended schools and University here, graduating in 1919 with his Bachelor of Laws degree. He practiced law in Humboldt and in Saskatoon. He was created King’s Counsel in 1935. After the second war he emerged as one of the outstanding trial lawyers in this province. For the defence in criminal trials, before judge or jury in civil cases, he gained a reputation for painstaking preparation and powerful argument. In 1957 his career seemed fittingly crowned with his appointment as Chief Justice of Queen’s Bench, the Saskatchewan Trial Court. This turned out instead to be a first step on a new road. He first produced a few years of very sound trial work and then in 1961 he was moved to the position of Chief Justice of Saskatchewan in the Court of Appeal, and then in 1962 he was promoted to Ottawa as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. In those few years he became the first graduate of this Law College in each of the three posts.
Judge Hall has been closely involved with education and with health. He was a member of the University Senate for twelve years, a lecturer in law for ten, chairman of the Separate School Board for nine years and longtime chairman of the Catholic School Trustees Association of Saskatchewan. He was closely associated with St. Paul’s Hospital, serving for many years on its Board; and since 1961 he has been Chairman of the Federal Royal Commission on Health Services.
In addition Judge Hall is a Knight of Malta. He was a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan for eleven years and its President in 1952. We can confidently expect that his accomplishments in other fields will be repeated in his work on the highest court in the land.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you the Honourable Emmett Mathew Hall and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Otto Lang, Dean of Law
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