Lawyers and Legal Culture in British North America: Beamish Murdoch of Halifax
Published: July 2011© 2011
304 Pages, 6.34 x 9.30 x 0.93 in, 1 b&w illustration
From award-winning biographer Philip Girard, Lawyers and Legal Culture in British North America is the first history of the legal profession in Canada to emphasize its cross-provincial similarities and its deep roots in the colonial period. Girard details how nineteenth-century British North American lawyers created a distinctive Canadian template for the profession by combining the strong collective governance of the English tradition with the high degree of creativity and client responsiveness characteristic of U.S. lawyers — a mix that forms the basis of the legal profession in Canada today.
Girard provides a unique window on the interconnections between lawyers' roles as community leaders and as legal professionals. Centred on one pre-Confederation lawyer whose career epitomizes the trends of his day, Beamish Murdoch (1800-1876), Lawyers and Legal Culture in British North America makes an important and compelling contribution to Canadian legal history.
IV The Legal Profession in Nova Scotia: Organization and Mobility
V The Making of a Colonial Lawyer, 1822-1827
VI The Maturing of a Colonial Lawyer, 1828-1850
VII The Politics of a Colonial Lawyer: Murdoch, Howe, and Responsible Government
VIII Law and Politics in the Colonial City: Murdoch as Recorder of Halifax, 1850-1860
IX Law, Identity and Improvement: Murdoch as Cultural Producer
- Clio Prize (Atlantic) awarded by the Canadian Historical Association