T.O.'s most inspiring women of 2017: Marie Henein

A look at 12 incredible Toronto women who inspired us, provoked us, educated us and otherwise made us proud in 2017


Published:

As 2017 comes to a close, we are honouring Toronto's most inspirational women of the year. Take a look at our 12-part series highlighting the changemakers who are pushing for women's rights, exposing the inequalities in our city, achieving excellence in what they do and giving back through advocacy, activism, philanthropy and more.

The litigator: Marie Henein

Marie Henein enjoys the collective admiration of our community not only because she is one of Canada’s most skilled and respected lawyers, but because she is at the vanguard in promoting a deeper appreciation and recognition of the fundamental principles of criminal justice. She is a zealous defender, not only of those accused of criminal offences, but of the pivotal role of the criminal lawyer. Henein has passionately, thoughtfully and eloquently articulated why the administration of justice in Canada, our constitutionally enshrined rights and freedoms, and our rules of evidence are so vital to the proper functioning of a robust democracy.  

Criminal lawyers are often maligned, often disparaged and often misunderstood.  She is deeply committed to the principles that remain vital to a free society as we challenge the state to establish its allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.  

Henein not only inspires her criminal law colleagues to strive for excellence, she also inspires a generation of young criminal lawyers who look to her as a trailblazer — a lawyer who unapologetically forged her own path and has risen to the very pinnacle of her profession, a woman who dared to be great and brilliantly succeeded.

My late brother Eddie, for whom Henein articled and with whom she subsequently practiced in partnership, had a deep and abiding admiration and affection for her. His words penned more than a decade ago still ring true of our colleague and friend: “The greatest virtues that defence counsel can exhibit are preparedness, intelligence, a dogged determination to succeed and the respect of your peers. That is Marie in a nutshell.” 

Next on the list: Sandy Hudson by Desmond Cole

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Five new Toronto comics ready for their breakout year in 2018

Five new Toronto comics ready for their breakout year in 2018

Mark Breslin shares his picks for the next big things in comedy.
Posted 3 days ago
Putting it bluntly: We chatted to a real estate broker who smokes pot daily

Putting it bluntly: We chatted to a real estate broker who smokes pot daily

'Michael' agreed to meet with me, smoke a joint and talk about what the coming of legalization might mean to him.
Posted 3 days ago
4 top financial planners on big money mistakes, Bitcoin and the best investment they ever made

4 top financial planners on big money mistakes, Bitcoin and the best investment they ever made

With RRSP-contribution season is in full swing, Torontonians are looking for financial advice.
Posted 3 days ago
Daily Planet: Whatever happened to hand-me-downs?

Daily Planet: Whatever happened to hand-me-downs?

How did “throw away,” “disposable” and “planned obsolescence” become part of product design and marketing?
Posted 4 days ago
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module