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951 The Osgoode Society The Osgoode Society was incorporated in May of 1979. It was founded at the initiative of Roy McMurtry, a former Attorney General for Ontario, and officials of the Law Society of Upper Canada. The purpose of The Osgoode Society is to study and promote public interest in the history of the law, the legal profession and the judiciary in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada, and to stimulate research and publication on these subjects.
The Society is an incorporated body registered as a charity. Its affairs are managed by a twenty-one person Board of Directors and its staff of three which is composed of an editor-in-chief, an administrator, and a treasurer. The Society's offices are located in Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto. Its efforts are assisted by an eleven person National Advisory Board with representatives from every part of the country.
The Society's principal work is its Publication programme. To date, it has published 31 books, dealing with almost every aspect of Canadian legal history. Each year the Society publishes a regular volume, a copy of which is mailed to each member of the Society at no extra charge. Membership in the Society is open to any interested individual for a nominal fee.
The Society's funding is provided by membership fees supplemented by the support of law firms which contribute either as patrons or as benefactors. The Society also receives an annual grant from The Law Foundation of Ontario.
For more information about the Osgoode Historical Society, call (416) 947-3321, or visit their website at www.lsuc.on.ca.