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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Congratulations to Wes Pue on winning the CLSA English-language book prize

Congratulations, Wes! A well-deserved honour.
I re-tweeted this news when it came out a few weeks ago, but neglected to post on it. Mea culpa.

The Canadian Law and Society Association announces:

2017 Prize citations / 2017 Annonces des prix

Book prize / Prix du meilleur ouvrage :


Committee / Comité : Nicole O’Byrne (Chair / Présidente), Thomas McMorrow

W. Wesley Pue, Lawyers’ Empire: Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016).

Commendation / Recommandation :
Wes Pue (University of British Columbia, Allard School of Law) has long been considered one of Canada’s foremost legal historians. This book marks of the culmination of a career spent researching and thinking about the legal education. It is a remarkable achievement. On the book jacket, Harry Arthurs states that “no one should be allowed to study, teach, practise, or write about Canadian law without first reading Lawyers’ Empire....his account of the antecedents, culture, education, governance, and political economy of the Canadian and English legal professions is deeply informed and astonishingly informative, broad in sweep and rich in detail, provocative and witty.” The committee strongly agrees with this assessment. Although the focus of the book ends shortly after World War II, its analytical structure as a work of intellectual and cultural history contributes immeasurably to the contemporary debate over legal education. Wes Pue has written a definitive book on the emergence of lawyers as a professional class. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the history and future of the legal profession in Canada.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baker, William Osgoode's Marginalia on reception of Imperial Law on SSRN

Posted on SSRN, forthcoming in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Blaine Baker ,
"Musings and Silences of Chief Justice William Osgoode: Digest Marginalia about the Reception of Imperial Law":
Abstract:
This essay focuses on musings and silences in the margins of Canadian Chief Justice William Osgoode's late-eighteenth-century law library, to understand the role he assigned to Westminster-based imperial law in the transmission of 'British justice' to the colonies. It concludes that role was limited, mostly by Osgoode's greater commitment of time and energy to legislative and executive branches of government than to the judiciary, and by his sometimes cavalier impatience with English courts and legal commentators.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop Schedule--Fall term, 2017


OSGOODE SOCIETY LEGAL HISTORY WORKSHOP, 2017-2018: FALL TERM, 2017

All sessions will be held in the Jackman Building, U of T Faculty of Law, Room 219, at 6.30 pm. The exception is the September 27th session – see below.

Wednesday September 13: Christopher Moore, Independent Historian: “Federalism, Free Trade within Canada, and The British North America Act, s.121”

Wednesday September 27: Special Law Society of Upper Canada Event – Lawyers and Canada at 150. This will take place at the Donald Lamont Learning Centre, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, from 3.00-6.00, with a reception to follow 6 – 7.30, in Convocation Hall at Osgoode Hall. The programme is reproduced below. The event is free but you are asked to register.

Wednesday October 4:  Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: “Squatting and the Rights of Property in British North America”

Wednesday October 18: Ian Kyer, Independent Historian, “The Ontario Bond Scandal of 1923 Revisited”

Wednesday November 1 – Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa: “Claire L’Heureux-Dubé.”

NOTE: The Osgoode Society 2017 Annual Book Launch will take place on Thursday, November 2. 

Wednesday November 15 – Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School, "Two Cheers for the Constitutional Act of 1791."

Wednesday November 29 - Nick Rogers, York University: " 'Strumpet hot bitch!' Defamation Suits before Bristol's Bawdy Court, 1720-1790."


Details of September 27 Event
The Law Society will mark Canada’s 150th birthday with a special event highlighting the role of lawyers in making the Constitution and in the development of the inclusive society we are committed to building.
Panel 1: The first panel will speak to the role of lawyers in the making of the Constitution in 1867 and beyond.
Moderator: Professor Jim Phillips, University of Toronto
Christopher Moore, award winning author and historian, will discuss the confederation debates over the division of powers.
The Honourable Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal will assess the origins and significance of thePersons Case.
Eric Adams of the University of Alberta will examine the career and ideas of lawyer and political activist Frank (F.R.) Scott.
Leading constitutional litigator Mary Eberts will revisit the drafting of section 15 of the Charter, in which she played an instrumental role.
Panel 2: The second panel will examine the careers of visionary lawyers who, from the causes they pursued and the careers they built, were ahead of their time.
Moderator: Professor Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School
Hamar Foster of the University of Victoria will discuss the early lawyers who represented British Columbia’s Indigenous peoples in the struggle for recognition of their land rights.
Barrington Walker of Queen’s University will talk about the struggles and triumphs of Delos Rogest Davis, the son of an escaped slave who was the second African-Canadian called to the Bar in Ontario, in 1886.
Laurel Sefton McDowell of the University of Toronto looks at labour activist, civil libertarian and lawyer Jacob Laurence (J.L.) Cohen, the most influential labour lawyer of the turbulent 1930s.
Constance Backhouse of the University of Ottawa will discuss the ways in which women have contributed to the legal profession from Clara Brett Martin’s first entry in 1897 and beyond.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

LSUC presents Lawyers and Canada at 150, Sept. 27


lawyers-canada-150-bilingualMark your calendars--
The Law Society of Upper Canada will present

Lawyers and Canada at 150
on September 27, 2017 from 3 to 6 pm, at Osgoode Hall, Toronto, followed by a reception 6 to 730 pm.

Note that this is a free event, but space is limited: RSVP required.

Moderator: Professor Jim Phillips, University of Toronto
Christopher Moore, award winning author and historian, will discuss the confederation debates over the division of powers.
The Honourable Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal will assess the origins and significance of the Persons Case.
Eric Adams of the University of Alberta will examine the career and ideas of lawyer and political activist Frank (F.R.) Scott.
Leading constitutional litigator Mary Eberts will revisit the drafting of section 15 of the Charter, in which she played an instrumental role.
Hamar Foster of the University of Victoria will discuss the early lawyers who represented British Columbia’s Indigenous peoples in the struggle for recognition of their land rights.
Barrington Walker of Queen’s University will talk about the struggles and triumphs of Delos Rogest Davis, the son of an escaped slave who was the second African-Canadian called to the Bar in Ontario, in 1886.
Laurel Sefton McDowell of the University of Toronto looks at labour activist, civil libertarian and lawyer Jacob Laurence (J.L.) Cohen, the most influential labour lawyer of the turbulent 1930s.
Constance Backhouse of the University of Ottawa will discuss the ways in which women have contributed to the legal profession from Clara Brett Martin’s first entry in 1897 and beyond.
Reception: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The Law Society of Upper Canada
130 Queen Street West
Donald Lamont Learning Centre followed by a reception in Convocation Hall
This program is also available via simultaneous webcast.
Les avocats et le Canada à l’heure du 150e 
Christopher Moore, auteur et historien primé, parlera des débats autour de la division des pouvoirs dans la Confédération.
L’honorable Robert Sharpe de la Cour d’appel de l’Ontario évaluera les origines et l’importance de l’affaire « personne ».
Eric Adams de l’Université de l’Alberta examinera la carrière et les idées de l’avocat et militant politique Frank (F.R.) Scott.
La plaideuse constitutionnelle renommée Mary Eberts revisitera la rédaction de l’article 15 de la Charte, dans laquelle elle a joué un rôle déterminant.
Hamar Foster de l’Université de Victoria parlera des premiers avocats qui ont représenté les peuples autochtones de la Colombie-Britannique dans leur lutte pour la reconnaissance de leurs droits territoriaux.
Barrington Walker de l’Université Queen’s parlera des luttes et des triomphes de Delos Rogest Davis, le fils d’un esclave en fuite qui était le deuxième Afro-Canadien admis au barreau en Ontario, en 1886.
Laurel Sefton McDowell de l’Université de Toronto analyse le militant syndical, défenseur des libertés civiles et avocat Jacob Laurence (J.L.) Cohen, l’avocat syndical le plus influent à l’époque turbulente des années 1930.
Constance Backhouse de l’Université d’Ottawa parlera des façons dont les femmes ont contribué à la profession juridique depuis la première entrée de Clara Brett Martin en 1897 et après.
Réception : 18 h à 19 h 30
130, rue Queen Ouest, Toronto (Ontario)
Centre Donald Lamont
Une réception suivra dans la Grande Salle
Ce programme est également disponible par webémission simultanée.
The second panel will examine the careers of visionary lawyers who, from the causes they pursued and the careers they built, were ahead of their time.
Moderator: Professor Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School
September 27 2017
Program: 3 to 6 p.m.
CPD Hours: 3 Substantive
RSVP
Photographs and video taken at this public event will be used in Law Society and partner organization print and online publications.
Le Barreau célèbrera le 150e anniversaire du Canada avec un évènement spécial soulignant le rôle des avocats dans la Constitution et dans le développement d’une société inclusive en laquelle nous croyons.
Le premier panel parlera du rôle les avocats dans la Constitution en 1867 et au-delà.
Modérateur : Professeur Jim Phillips, Université de Toronto
Le deuxième panel examinera la carrière des avocats visionnaires qui, depuis les causes qu’ils ont défendues jusqu’aux carrières qu’ils se sont bâties, étaient en avance sur leur époque.
Modérateur : Professeur Philip Girard, Faculté de droit d’Osgoode Hall
27 septembre 2017
Programme : 15 h à 18 h
Barreau du Haut-Canada
Heures de FPC : 3 h de droit de fond
RSVP
Cet évènement public est gratuit, mais les places sont limitées. Pour vous inscrire, veuillez cliquer ici.
Les photographies et les vidéos prises à cet évènement public seront utilisées dans les publications en ligne et imprimées du Barreau et de l’organisation partenaire.














Call for presenters: Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop


The Osgoode Society holds an evening workshop at U of T  more-or-less fortnightly during the academic year for legal historians (broadly defined) to present their work-in-progress for constructive, friendly feedback.

Jim Phillips is inviting expressions of interest for 2017-18. If you are interested in presenting your work, would like to be on the distribution list to receive papers, or just have questions, please email him at j.phillips@utoronto.ca.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Roberts and Reid, Aboriginal Incarceration in Canada since 1978


AnRelated information

* Please direct correspondence to Julian V. Roberts, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ; 
University of Oxford

Julian Roberts and Andrew A. Reid have an article, "Aboriginal Incarceration in Canada since 1978: Every Picture Tells the Same Story" in the latest issue of Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice  that may be of interest to legal historians.


Abstract:

Sentencing in Canada is beset by many problems, yet one weakness stands above the rest: the disproportionately high rates of Aboriginal incarceration. This article documents current and historical trends in levels of Aboriginal incarceration at the provincial/territorial and federal levels since 1978. We pay particular attention to the years following two important Supreme Court judgements (in 1999 and 2012) that directed the courts to use custody with greater restraint when sentencing an Aboriginal offender. The primary data derive from the annual Adult Correctional Services survey conducted by Statistics Canada. In 2014, Aboriginal persons accounted for just over one quarter of all provincial and territorial admissions, significantly higher than the percentage recorded in 1978 (16%). In fact, over the past 20 years, all jurisdictions save one have experienced an increase in the percentage of Aboriginal admissions to provincial and territorial correctional institutions. Despite judgements from the Supreme Court and provincial courts of appeal, as well as several other remedial interventions, such as the creation of so-called Gladue courts and an alternate form of custody that would be served in the community, the problem of Aboriginal over-incarceration has worsened, not improved.

Au Canada, la détermination de la peine comporte de nombreux problèmes, mais un point faible se démarque : le très haut taux d'incarcération chez les Autochtones. Cet article documente les tendances actuelles et historiques des taux d'incarcérations des Autochtones aux niveaux provincial/territorial et fédéral depuis 1978. Nous nous attardons particulièrement aux années qui ont suivies deux jugements importants de la Cour suprême (en 1999 et 2012) qui a ordonné les cours de faire preuve de plus grande retenue quand venait le temps de déterminer la peine de détenus autochtones. Les données primaires viennent de l'enquête sur les Services correctionnels pour adultes réalisée par Statistiques Canada. En 2014, les personnes autochtones formaient un peu plus d'un quart de toutes les incarcérations provinciales et territoriales, une hausse importante depuis le pourcentage noté en 1978 (16 %). En fait, au cours des 20 dernières années, toutes les juridictions sauf une ont noté une augmentation du pourcentage d'incarcérations d'Autochtones dans les établissements correctionnels provinciaux et territoriaux. Malgré les jugements de la Cour suprême et des cours d'appel provinciales, ainsi que plusieurs autres interventions de rééducation, notamment la création de tribunaux dits Gladue et une forme alternative de détention passée dans la communauté, le problème de la surincarcération des Autochtones s'est empiré au lieu de s'améliorer.

Prize winners announced at Osgoode Society AGM

Congratulations to Jason Hall and Dennis Molinaro!

Jason Hall, who has just completed his PHD at the University of New Brunswick, is the winner of the Peter Oliver Prize for best published student writing, for his article "High Freshets and Low-Lying Farms: Property Law and St. John River Flooding in Colonial New Brunswick", published in volume 39 of the Dalhouse Law Journal.

Dennis Molinaro, also a recent PHD, currently teaching at Trent University, was awarded the McMurtry Fellowship in Canadian legal history.

Dennis is the author of An Exceptional Law: Section 98 and the Emergency State, 1919-1936, one of the Osgoode Society's books for 2016. 

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