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Building Justice

Frank Iacobucci and the Life Cycles of Law

by (author) Shauna Van Praagh

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Category
Lawyers & Judges, Legal History, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487566289
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $36.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487570057
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $36.95

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Building Justice draws on the inspiring life of former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci to offer insight into the meaning of engaged citizenship through law.

 

Ignoring early advice that he had the wrong kind of name to go to law school, Frank Iacobucci, the son of Italian immigrants, made a name for himself as an outstanding Canadian jurist. Serving as justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1991 to 2004, Iacobucci was also professor and dean of law at the University of Toronto and deputy minister of justice for Canada.

 

In Building Justice, Shauna Van Praagh weaves together the voices of individuals whose paths and projects have intersected with those of Frank Iacobucci. The book provides a compelling consideration of the study and practice of law as it follows the stages of Iacobucci’s life and career: from his childhood in Vancouver, his practice as a young lawyer, his time at the University of Toronto and with the Federal Department of Justice, his work as a judge at the highest level of court, and his significant engagement with Canada’s ongoing response to the legacy of residential schools.

 

Building Justice is a beautifully written biography in which the stories of one jurist serve to explore and illustrate engaged citizenship through law.

About the author

Shauna Van Praagh is a professor of law at McGill University where she has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Law. She is an active member of several transdisciplinary research teams and centres at McGill and Université de Montréal and has taught as a visitor at Hebrew University and the University of Barcelona. She is a past recipient of McGill’s John W. Durnford Prize for Teaching Excellence and has served as President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers.

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