The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontarios Lawyers, 1797-1997

by Christopher Moore

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division | Hardcover

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At the end of the eighteenth century, when ten lawyers gathered in what is now Niagara-on-the-Lake to form the Law Society of Upper Canada, they were creating something new in the world: a professional organization with statutory authority to control its membership and govern its own affairs. Today''s Law Society of Upper Canada, with more than 25,000 members, still wields these powers. Marking the bicentennial of the society''s foundation, Christopher Moore''s history begins by exploring the unprecedented step taken in 1797 and follows the evolution of lawyers'' work and the idea of professional autonomy through two hundred years of growth and change.

The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario''s Lawyers is a broad-ranging story of the growth and development of the Law Society and the legal profession, from the days when horseback barristers travelled the backwoods by horseback, through the reforms of the late nineteenth century to the period of reaction between the two world wars and the long struggle of women and minorities for access to and equity in the legal profession. Writing in a style that is scholarly as well as entertaining, Moore traces to the present a story rich in personalities, and shows how, after a period of tremendous growth and change, questions of governance, legal aid, and practice insurance triggered a series of crises that rocked the society to its foundations.

This is the first study to be based on full access to the society''s two hundred years of historical records. Moore, who has organized his research into themes and periods to illuminate the story, also includes new material on the lives and careers of Ontario lawyers and on the place of the Law Society in professional and public life. Readable and extensively illustrated, The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario''s Lawyers shows that such issues as professional autonomy and the internal organization, at the forefront of debate at the society''s inception, continue to dominiate discussions today.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 392 pages, 9.53 × 7.45 × 1.55 in

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10: 0802041272

ISBN - 13: 9780802041272

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The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontarios Lawyers, 1797-1997

by Christopher Moore

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 392 pages, 9.53 × 7.45 × 1.55 in

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802041272

ISBN - 13: 9780802041272

About the Book

It is an authoritative and lively history of the Law Society of Upper Canada and of Ontario's lawyers, from the founding of the Society by ten lawyers in 1797, to the crises which shook the society and the legal profession in the mid-1990s.

From the Publisher

At the end of the eighteenth century, when ten lawyers gathered in what is now Niagara-on-the-Lake to form the Law Society of Upper Canada, they were creating something new in the world: a professional organization with statutory authority to control its membership and govern its own affairs. Today''s Law Society of Upper Canada, with more than 25,000 members, still wields these powers. Marking the bicentennial of the society''s foundation, Christopher Moore''s history begins by exploring the unprecedented step taken in 1797 and follows the evolution of lawyers'' work and the idea of professional autonomy through two hundred years of growth and change.

The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario''s Lawyers is a broad-ranging story of the growth and development of the Law Society and the legal profession, from the days when horseback barristers travelled the backwoods by horseback, through the reforms of the late nineteenth century to the period of reaction between the two world wars and the long struggle of women and minorities for access to and equity in the legal profession. Writing in a style that is scholarly as well as entertaining, Moore traces to the present a story rich in personalities, and shows how, after a period of tremendous growth and change, questions of governance, legal aid, and practice insurance triggered a series of crises that rocked the society to its foundations.

This is the first study to be based on full access to the society''s two hundred years of historical records. Moore, who has organized his research into themes and periods to illuminate the story, also includes new material on the lives and careers of Ontario lawyers and on the place of the Law Society in professional and public life. Readable and extensively illustrated, The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario''s Lawyers shows that such issues as professional autonomy and the internal organization, at the forefront of debate at the society''s inception, continue to dominiate discussions today.

About the Author

Christopher Moore has written extensively on Canadian history, and is a recipient of the Governor General''s Award. He is a co-author of The Story of Canada, and author of The Loyalists.

From Our Editors

In July 1797, 10 of Upper Canada's 15 lawyers gathered in Niagara-on-the-Lake and formed the Law Society of Upper Canada, a professional organization with statutory authority to control its membership and govern its own affairs. It had no parallel anywhere in the common-law world. Christopher Moore marks the Society's bicentenary with the comprehensive history The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario's Lawyers, 1797-1997, a look at the evolution of the legal profession from the days of barristers on horseback right through the crises facing the Law Society today.

Editorial Reviews

''The Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario''s Lawyers 1797-1997 has four appendices, a couple so intriguing that I read them first! It is also richly illustrated and footnoted throughout, in a way that enhances the work without distracting the reader. The print is easy to read, and the text is printed on acid-free paper and bound so that the text block lies obligingly open at the page you want. It is a work that should be in every academic law library with a Canadian collection. It is also of interest for a more general readership.''

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