Lawyers and Literature
James R. Elkins

The assigned reading is an excerpted version of Leslie Hall Pinder, On Double Tracks (Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys Limited, 1990).




The excerpted version was published in the Legal Studies Forum with Pinder's permission.


Leslie Hall Pinder On Becoming a Novelist

When a Lawyer Becomes a Novelist
[39 Legal Stud. F. 1 (2015)]

On Lawyers Who Make Their Life's Work Representing Native Peoples: Bruce Clark, Justice in Paradise (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999):

[Boyce Richardson's dustjacket statement about Justice in Paradise: "Part memoir, part jurisprudential adventure story, Justice in Paradise details the battles of a renegade's life defending the rule of law and Native rights."]

On the Judge as Antagonist: Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action (New York: Vintage, 1996) (New York: Random House, 1995)

On Judge Theodore Selbie's Limits: As a Jurist and as a Human Being

John William Corrington, a writer whose work we read in the course, makes the following observation: "The lawyer or the writer begins to walk the path of wisdom when he comes to realize that his metaphor, his chosen way of seeing the world, is not co-extensive with reality, that the concreteness of the law is an illusion generated by potential force . . . and that alternative ways of seeing, other displays, other dramas, may, in a given situation, not only supercede his own, but require that he step outside the legal paradigm altogether and revision the world from within quite another metaphoric structure." [John William Corrington, Logos, Lex, and Law, 26 Legal Stud. F. 709, 712 (2002)]

On Old Judges:

Life Tenure for Federal Judges Raises Issues of Senility, Dementia

Extreme aging in the federal judiciary--and the trouble it causes

On the Delgamuukw Case (the case that provides the basis for the Pinder novel):

Aboriginal Rights and Title in Canada After Delgamuukw

Leslie Hall Pinder: Videos

Leslie Hall Pinder Interview [14:46 mins.] Pt2 [6:13 mins.] Pt3 [7:40 mins.] [discussing her book, Bring Me One of Everything]

Book Trailer for Bring Me One of Everything

Leslie Hall Pinder reading from Bring Me One of Everything

Block Party
[An imaginative video about writer's block]

British Columbia Native Peoples: Videos

Canadian Aboriginal Festival 2011: Drum Songs

We Will Be Free: Aboriginal Peoples in Canada




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