University of B.C. gives 95-year-old practising lawyer honorary doctorate

VANCOUVER — Sixty-four years after she walked across the stage to collect her law degree, Constance Isherwood was back at the University of British Columbia for yet another ceremony.

The 95-year-old Victoria lawyer received an honorary doctorate of law, recognizing her decades of legal work and service to her community.


As she accepted the recognition today, she told the crowd that many people ask her when she is going to give up practising and always replies that she’ll keep practising until she gets the hang of it.

Isherwood is the most senior practising female lawyer of the B.C. Bar and still runs Holmes and Isherwood, the firm she and her husband opened in 1964.

Despite all the technological advances in that time, Isherwood continues to use a typewriter and says her clients also like to hear the “clickety-clack” of the keys.

Isherwood says she enjoys law because no two clients are alike and no two cases are alike, and she adds she’ll continue practising as long as she’s able.

The Canadian Press