Judith Keating is a lawyer and accomplished senior public servant, with over 30 years of experience in the Government of New Brunswick.
Ms. Keating served in a variety of roles throughout her career, including as Chief Legislative Counsel, Chief Legal Advisor to the Premier, New Brunswick’s First Nations Representative, and a provincial chair of the working group on Truth and Reconciliation. She was also the first woman to serve as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of New Brunswick.
Ms. Keating has worked tirelessly to promote the equal status of the English and French languages in New Brunswick, and devoted herself to ensuring the equal and just treatment of women in the legal profession. In 1993, she became the founder and first president of New Brunswick’s Women in Law.
Ms. Keating is the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Bar Association’s Solicitor’s Journal. She is an active member and past chair of the Associations of Parliamentary Counsel and Legislative Counsel in Canada, an active member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative and Parliamentary Counsel, and a member and past president of the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick. She is a past member of the board of Women in Transition and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ), and the past chair of the CIAJ’s Legislative Drafting Conference.
Ms. Keating is Chair of the New Brunswick Financial and Consumer Services Tribunal, and a member of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals’ Committee on Tribunal Excellence in Adjudication.
Ms. Keating received the 2015 Muriel Corkery-Ryan Q.C. Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the legal profession and significant role as a mentor to women.
Ms. Keating holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Moncton.