Accession B2008-0033 - Friedland 2008 accession

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UTA 1294-B2008-0033


Friedland 2008 accession


  • [189-?]-2008, predominant 1999-2008) (Creation)

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3.65 m of records (33 boxes)

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Introductory remarks by Martin Friedland to accession B2008-0033:
In 1998 I deposited a large collection of personal records [B1998-0006 (1868-1997), 30.03 metres)] in the University of Toronto Archives. Further deposits were made in 2002. One of these [B2002-0022 (1887-2002, predominant 1928-2002), 13.5 metres)] consisted of papers relating to writing the history of the University of Toronto, The University of Toronto: a history, published by the University of Toronto Press in 2002. A second deposit [B2002-0023 (1925-2002), 3.29 metres] related to my personal papers from the years 1998 to 2002, plus some documents from earlier years.

The present deposit contains personal papers from 2002 to 2008, including some documents from earlier years, as well as further documents relating to the history of the University of Toronto.

My major research endeavour over the past six years was the research and writing of my memoirs, My life in crime and other academic adventures, which was published by the Osgoode Society for Legal History and the University of Toronto Press in 1997. It combined a personal memoir with an historical and analytical investigation of a number of areas of law and public policy with which I have been engaged over the past 50 years. The task was difficult because it brought these areas of law up-to date and thus required keeping up with current developments in the law in a large number of fields, such as bail, legal aid, securities regulation, law reform, national security, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, judicial independence, and military justice.

The project had been in my mind for some time, but the catalyst for undertaking it was the John Edwards Memorial Lecture, ‘Criminal Justice Revisited,’ delivered at the University of Toronto in 2003, later published in the Criminal Law Quarterly. The subject areas also formed the basis of a seminar that I conducted for four years at Woodsworth College entitled ‘Issues in Criminal Justice’ and later an ‘intensive course’ that I gave for two years at the Law School.

Over the past six years I continued to be involved with follow-up matters relating to the history of the University of Toronto. Some of the talks to alumni groups and others, such as those given out west and in Montreal and New York, were given after the 2002 deposit of papers and are included in this deposit. Similarly, included in this deposit are documents on certain other events, such as the Cassels Brock dinner and the University Professors’ Global Knowledge talk, as well as various media interviews and questions and comments from persons interested in the University of Toronto. Some earlier documents relating to the contract and other matters are also included. Three prizes for the book were awarded since 2002: Toronto Heritage Award, Floyd S Chalmers Award, and J.J. Talman Award.

The University of Toronto history led to my involvement in writing a lengthy introduction to a book for the Princeton Architectural Press by former dean of architecture Larry Richards on the architecture of the University of Toronto. The book, which will be published in the spring of 2009, is the first book in their series on a university outside the United States. I also participated in conferences and publications relating to Bora Laskin and Frank Iacobucci.

A further major involvement over the past six years relates to terrorism and the consequences of 9/11. Because of my earlier involvement in national security issues through my work with the McDonald Commission on the RCMP in the early 1980s, I participated in a number of workshops and conferences relating to terrorism. I was also asked by the department of justice to examine and prepare a critical analysis of the government’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation. I also participated as a consultant on the policy aspects of the mandate of the Arar Commission.

There were also further follow-up conferences and writings on matters involving the judiciary, such as a talk and a publication on the concept of a unified criminal court and participation in several conferences on judicial appointments. In addition, there are files in the deposit relating to other earlier projects such as Detention before trial and Double jeopardy. My book, The trials of Israel Lipski (1994), led to the writing of an entry on Lipski for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

One project that was explored at length, but did not proceed was on ‘Access to the Law’, which was a follow-up on my 1975 book with the same title. I tried to get the government of Ontario interested in funding a major internet project designed to make the law more accessible. With a grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario, models were prepared in a number of areas of law, but the project was eventually abandoned because the Ontario government was not interested in supporting it at the time.

The deposit also contains material on three honours received in 2003: an honorary degree from York University, the Royal Society of Canada’s John William Dawson Medal, and promotion from Officer to Companion of the Order of Canada.

I maintain my office at the law school and have participated in a number of law school activities. I also continued my involvement as a director and chair of the governance committee of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association, which was not included in earlier deposits. In addition, I prepared a report for Access Copyright on the distribution of royalties and chaired several degree assessment committees for the Ontario government: one on a paralegal program for Humber College: and another on policing for Georgian College. For the past two years I have chaired the Grievance Review Panel of the University, but have not deposited any documents relating to that panel at this time.

As in the past, I have been heavily involved with the University of Toronto Press, as chair of the Manuscript Committee and as a member of the board of directors. The latter responsibility ended on June 30, 2008 and the former ended in November 2007. The past few years were important ones for the U of T Press, with a new president and vice-president for scholarly publishing, the sale of the printing division, and the acquisition of Broadview Press. I also continued as a member of the Osgoode Society board of directors, which was also a significant transitional period with the death of Peter Oliver and his replacement by Jim Phillips.

The deposit also contains some material on my family and travels, and much correspondence with many individuals.

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Further personal records of Martin Friedland, Professor Emeritus of Law, consisting of correspondence, certificates, appointment books, notes, teaching material and lecture notes, research notes, publications, minutes of meeting, photographs, and other material relating to personal and family activities, Faculty of Law and other University of Toronto activities; the promotion of his "University of Toronto: a history", the writing of an unpublished manuscript, his memoirs and a number of articles; his work as a consultant to government organizations and inquiries; and other professional activities, including the University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society.

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Restricted. The following series are restricted until 1 January 2029:
-Series 1 : ‘Personal and family’, Series 3 : ‘Correspondence’, Series 4 : ‘Faculty of Law and other university activities’, except for B2008-0033/011 (03) – ‘Faculty of Medicine. Sher inquiry, which is restricted until 1 January 2102; and Series 6 : ‘Government committees and other government work’, and Series 7 : ‘Other professional activities’.

All other files (Series 2 : ‘Honours’, Series 5: ‘Research and publications’, and Series 8 : ‘Addresses’) are open.

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B2008-0033/001 - /031

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B2008-0033/001P - /002P

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B2008-0033/001M - /003M

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