The collection represents a rich array of interdisciplinary expertise, with authors who are law professors, historians, sociologists and criminologists. Their essays include studies into the lives of judges and lawyers, rape victims, prostitutes, religious sect leaders, and common criminals. The geographic scope touches Canada, the United States and Australia. The essays explore how one individual, or small self-identified groups, were able to make a difference in how law was understood, applied, and interpreted. They also probe the degree to which locale and location influenced legal culture history.
Jonathan Swainger is an associate professor of history at the University of Northern British Columbia and author of The Canadian Department of Justice and the Completion of Confederation, 1867-78. Constance Backhouse is a professor of law at the University of Ottawa and co-author of The Heiress and the Old Boys.