Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pue: Essays on "Lawyers' Empire"

Via the Canadian Legal History Blog, we have word of a new collection of essays by W. Wesley Pue  (Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia): Lawyers' Empire: Legal Professionals and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950 (University of British Columbia Press, 2016): A description from the Press:
Approaching the legal profession through the lens of cultural history, Wes Pue explores the social roles that lawyers imagined for themselves in England and its empire from the late-eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Each chapter focuses on a moment when lawyers sought to reshape their profession while at the same time imagining they were shaping nation and empire in the process. As an exploration of the relationship between legal professionals and liberalism, this book draws attention to recurrent tensions in between how lawyers have best assured their own economic well-being while simultaneously advancing the causes of liberty, cultural authority, stability, and continuity.
Check back at the UBC Press website (here) for more information as it becomes available.

[Professor Pue is one of our most thoughtful and acute historians of the legal profession. I just placed my order!  DRE]