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Monday, October 15, 2012

Toronto Legal History Group now Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop

Since there is considerable overlap (probably about 99% plus) between the readers of this blog and the people on Jim Phillips' legal history distribution list, I am always reluctant to post duplicate notices.

However, there are times I do take notice here of announcements Jim has sent to the list which readers may want to be able to consult without rooting through old emails.

This seems like one of those times.

I won't reproduce the entire email (anyone who is not on the list should email Jim at pronto--you get sent great draft papers to read.)

But here is an excerpt:
...the [legal history] group is continuing to run in the same way that it has for many years. The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History is funding it, and I am very grateful to the Directors for that decision. Its formal name is now The Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop.  Once the new Osgoode Society website is up and running (in a few weeks time I hope) you will be able to access schedules and other information (and at least some papers) on that website, and information will also be posted on the Osgoode Society blog run by Mary Stokes.
For the sake of convenience the sessions will continue to be held at the University of Toronto law school.
I am also happy to say that Osgoode Hall Law School has agreed to make a financial contribution to the workshop. That contribution will be earmarked to bring in one or two speakers from outside Toronto. Again, my sincere thanks to Osgoode Hall for this, and especially to Dean Lorne Sossin.
Jim goes on to say that new or renewed memberships (which include the members' book of the year) and donations (tax receiptable) to the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History are always welcome, and while the workshop is sufficiently funded, anyone who especially wants to support the workshop financially for the future may designate his or her donation to that purpose or to the Stuart Thom fund for special projects.

You can also support the workshop by volunteering to present, attending as many sessions as you can (you don't have to restrict yourself to papers that are squarely in your area of expertise!) and sending Jim any suggestions for occasional out-of-town visitors.

Reminder: there is an extra session of the Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop this week, not listed in the orginal schedule. We look forward to seeing many of you at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, to hear Catherine MacMillan of the University of London speak on "Judging the Coronation Cases: Edwardian Advances in Contractual Frustration?".

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