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Bora Laskin, 61, has been named chief justice of Canada, the first Jew to hold such a high judicial position. A student of Felix Frankfurter at Harvard Law School, Justice Laskin is known as a liberal and an advocate of human rights: He taught at the Toronto Law University and was the first Jewish member of the Canadian Supreme Court in 1970. Born in Thunder-bay, Ontario, he was chairman of the legal committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, president of the Toronto chapter of the Friends of the Hebrew University and a board member of Holy Blossom Temple.

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