• Publication Date: April 30, 2009
  • ISBN: Print (Paperback): 9781552211663
  • 320 pages; 6¼" x 9¼"
Filed Under: Legal History

The Promise and Perils of Law

Lawyers in Canadian History


Product Description

The papers that make up this volume were produced on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the opening of Osgoode Hall, one of Toronto’s landmark buildings. This event presented a unique opportunity for reflection on the legal profession and its role in Canadian history. The “legal profession” is simultaneously a trade organization, a corporate ideology, an important cultural actor, and an aggregation of individuals known both for their zealous pursuit of their clients’ interests and for their assertive individualism. This book offers essays that seek to add to the understanding of Canada’s legal profession and to provide a background to inform conversation concerning its past, present, and future.


1. Introduction
W. Wesley Pue

2. An Introduction to Osgoode Hall on the Occasion of its 175th Anniversary: More than Bricks and Mortar
Deidré Rowe-Brown

Historical Perspectives on Legal Education

3. “Slamming the Door on Brains”: Narrowing Opportunity at Two Canadian Law Schools, 1880s–1920s
David G. Bell

4. “Good government, without him, is well-nigh impossible”: Training Future (Male) Lawyers for Politics in Ontario, Quebec, andNova Scotia, 1920–1960
Mélanie Brunet

Historical Reflections on the Practice of Law

5. Dealing with Adversity: The Halifax Bar, 1900–1950
Philip Girard and Jeffrey Haycock

6. Megafirm History: Past and Present of the Large Law Firm in Canada
Christopher Moore

Quebec: A Distinct Legal History

7. Civil Law, Legal Practitioners, and Everyday Justice in the Decades Following the Quebec Act
Jean-Philippe Garneau

8. The Legal Profession and Penal Justice inQuebec City, 1856–1965: From Modernity to Anti-Modernity
Donald Fyson

The Rule of Law, Impeachment, and Bureaucratic Regulation

9. The Court and the Legal Profession: Loyalist Lawyers and the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, 1785–1790
Jim Phillips

10. “Guardians of Liberty”: R.M.W. Chitty, Lawyers, and the Second World War
Eric M. Adams

Race Issues: Diversifying the Bar and its Legal Strategies

11. Reconstructing the Lives and Careers of Lawyers: Ethelbert Lionel Cross, Toronto’s First Black Lawyer
Susan Lewthwaite

12. “We Are Not O’Meara’s Children”: Law, Lawyers, and the First Campaign for Aboriginal Title in British Columbia, 1908–1928
Hamar Foster

Gender Issues: The Impact of Women on the Profession

13. “In the rough of things”: Women Lawyers in British Columbia, 1912–1930
Dorothy E. Chunn and Joan Brockman

14. “A Revolution in Numbers”: The Formative Years for Ontario Feminist Lawyers, 1970–1990
Constance Backhouse

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