Lawyers' Empire: Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950 by W. Wesley PueLawyers' Empire: Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950 by W. Wesley Pue

Lawyers' Empire: Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950

byW. Wesley Pue

Hardcover | July 1, 2016

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Approaching the legal profession through the lens of cultural history, Wes Pue explores the social roles lawyers imagined for themselves in England and its expanding empire from the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Each chapter focuses on a critical moment when lawyers – whether leaders or rebels – sought to reshape their profession. In the process, they often fancied they were also shaping the culture and politics of both nation and empire as they struggled to develop or adapt professional structures, represent clients, or engage in advocacy.

As an exploration of the relationship between legal professionals and liberalism at home or in the Empire, this work draws attention to recurrent disagreements as to how lawyers have best assured their own economic well-being while simultaneously advancing the causes of liberty, cultural authority, stability, and continuity.

W. Wesley Pue is a professor of law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. He is past president of the Canadian Law and Society Association, past provost at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and past vice-provost for UBC’s Vancouver campus. His work has been published in law journals around the world, and his ...
Title:Lawyers' Empire: Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950Format:HardcoverDimensions:516 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 1, 2016Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword / David Sugarman

Part 1: History in Professional Apologetics

1 The Use of History in the Development of Lawyers’ Mythologies

2 How “French” Was the English Bar? Barristers and Political Liberalism in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

3 Law and Colony: Making the Canadian Legal Profession

Part 2: Shaping Minds and Souls: Legal Education

4 Professional Legal Education at Queen’s College, Birmingham, in the 1850s

5 Common Law Legal Education in the Dominion of Canada’s Moral Project

6 British Empire Perspectives on the Case Method of Legal Education: Canada, 1885-1931

Part 3: Ethics, Regulation, and the Business of Law

7 Free Trade in Law: English Barristers, County Courts, and Provincial Practice in the 1850s

8 The End of Free Trade in Law: Discipline at the Inns in the 1860s

9 Regulating Lawyers’ Ethics in Early-Twentieth-Century Canada

Part 4: Challenging the Status Quo – Communists and Liberals

10 Gordon Martin, British Columbia Communist, 1948

11 Liberal Entrepreneurship Thwarted: Charles Rann Kennedy and the Foundations of England’s Modern Bar

Part 5: Dominion and Colonial Lawyering

12 Christ, Manhood, and Empire: The Case Method of Legal Education in Canada, 1885-1931

13 Lawyers’ Professionalism, Colonialism, State Formation, and National Life in Nigeria, 1900-60: “The Fighting Brigade of the People” / Co-authored with Chidi Oguamanam


Editorial Reviews

The many admirers of Wes Pue’s distinctive approach to the history of the legal profession will not be disappointed by this latest collection of his work, the culmination of decades of pioneering research on lawyers, their corporate culture, and their socio-political engagements. In a series of perceptive microstudies traversing Imperial Britain and the British Empire, informed by wide-ranging theoretical and multi-disciplinary perspectives, Pue unravels the complexities and contradictions of professional rhetoric and the lived reality of legal lives. - Wilfrid Prest, Professor Emeritus of History and of Law at the University of Adelaide