the magazine of the Canadian Bar Association, has published an article based on a recent interview with Justice Louis LeBel
who retired from the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30, 2014:
"Many of LeBel’s former colleagues describe him as a distinguished and
sharp-witted legal intellectual. Marie Deschamps, who sat with him for
almost 20 years on the Court of Appeal of Quebec and later on the
Supreme Court, said, 'He’s an intellectual resource for his colleagues.
More importantly, he’s someone who can write on any matter that comes
before generalist courts like these'."
"Their former colleague Michel Bastarache described LeBel as industrious
and thorough, but agreeable and extremely cultivated. 'His intellectual
curiosity is boundless,' said Bastarache. 'He has more than 2,000 books
at home, which he has actually read — they’re not decorations like they
are for a lot of people. He’s very interested in history and culture
and has read a lot of biographies, so when we travelled together, he
always knew all kinds of things'."
" 'In terms of the law, Louis is the smartest man I know,' said Québec
lawyer Henri Grondin, who was LeBel’s law partner for 20 years. 'He’s a
quick learner, but on top of that, he’s got the memory of an elephant.
He can read something and retain it. For him, deliberating is easy
because he remembers everything'."
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