Forum 2011 was chaired by the Chairperson of the National Council of the Forum on End of Life, Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness. She is a retired Supreme Court judge, and has been president of the Law Reform Commission.
She was born in Belfast and educated in Belfast and Dublin (Alexandra College, TCD and the King’s Inns). She was called to the Irish Bar in 1977.In 1989 she was called to the Inner Bar, and called to the Bar of New South Wales in 1993.
Mrs Justice McGuinness has served on An Bord Uchtála (the Adoption Board), the Voluntary Health Insurance Board, the National Economic and Social Council, the Second Commission on the Status of Women, and has chaired the National Social Services Board, the Board of National College of Art and Design, the Employment Equality Agency, the Kilkenny Incest Investigation and the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.