Meet the Judge behind the ruling that gave Gloria Taylor the right to die

When she was a BC Supreme Court judge, Lynn Smith made history by striking down Canada's doctor-assisted suicide law. Now retired, Judge Smith is Laura's guest for a feature conversation.
Gloria Taylor is shown in Vancouver, on June 18, 2012. Judge Lynn Smith of the BC Supreme Court rendered a decision in Ms. Taylor's favour, striking down Canada's ban on doctor-assisted suicide. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
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Judge Lynn Smith is no stranger to breaking new ground. She was among a handful of women in her law school class at the University of British Columbia in 1970. She was the first ever Law Clerk for the BC Appeal Court, and she was one of the first women to become the Dean of a law school, when she was appointed at UBC in 1991. 

Judge Lynn Smith
When she was a BC Supreme Court judge, Lynn Smith made history. She struck down Canada's doctor-assisted suicide law, paving the way for the Supreme Court of Canada to follow suit. Three people went to court in B.C. to challenge the law; Gloria Taylor, who had ALS, was one of them. She died before the Supreme Court of Canada made its final ruling.

Now retired, Judge Smith is Laura's guest for a feature conversation.