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Finding Aid - Laura Legge fonds (PF45)

Laura Legge fonds

5.5 cm of textual records 
7 photographs : col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
 1 drawing

Biographical Sketch
Laura Louise Legge (nee Down) was born in Delhi, Ontario. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1942 and graduated from the Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing in 1945. She later attended Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 1948. In 1950 she married Major General Bruce Jarvis Legge, a fellow student at Osgoode Hall Law School. Legge got her first position as a solicitor with the Ontario Department of Health. Legge resigned from the Ontario Department of Health in 1955 and opened a general law practice with her husband. Legge was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1966. In 1975, Legge was elected the first female bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and was subsequently re-elected in 1979 and 1983. On June 24, 1983, Legge became the first female ever to be elected Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Her term as Treasurer ended in June of 1985. When W. Dan Chilcott resigned as Treasurer in May of 1988, Legge was elected Treasurer for the remainder of Chilcott's term in office. In 1989, Legge was given both a lifetime membership to the Law Society of Saskatchewan and appointed an honorary member of the Law Society of Alberta. In 1997, she received the Award of Excellence from Osgoode Hall Law School, and in 2003 received the Order of Ontario.

An active member of the legal profession, Legge was involved with numerous organizations: President of the Women's Law Association of Ontario, 1964-1966; Member of Council at the Canadian Bar Association, 1964-1966; Member of the County of York Law Association; Member of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto; Chair of the Toronto Parking Authority; President of Soroptimist International of Toronto, 1974-1976; Director of Home Care Program of Metropolitan Toronto, 1975-1983; Manitoba Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1980; Director of the Board of Ontario Safety League, 1986-1988; Member of the Royal Commonwealth Society; Member of Council of Ontario College of Art, 1980-1983; Board of Directors of the Canada Life Assurance Company, 1984; Director of the Board of Trade for Metropolitan Toronto; Member of Board of Governors of Women's College Hospital, Toronto. Legge died in Toronto on October 5th, 2010.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to the legal career of Laura Legge. The fonds consists of speeches to various organizations; correspondence, largely relating to her election as the first female Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada and her election to the board of Canada Life Assurance Company; certificates awarded to Legge; photographs, and a pencil drawing of Legge.
The pencil drawing was transferred to the Law Society of Upper Canada Fine Art collection.
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PF45-1 Correspondence

3.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of correspondence relating to the personal and legal career of Laura Legge. Correspondence predominately relates to her election as Treasurer of the Law Society and to other appointments and accomplishments. Correspondents include friends, family, committee members, colleagues and acquaintances. Also included is a legal opinion by R.P. Fraser with regards to lawyers being permitted to advertise.
Reference code / Title / Date
2004057-001 Election as Treasurer. – 1983
2004057-002 Appointment to the Board of Canada Life. -- 1984-1985
2004057-003 Correspondence. -- 1988-1989, 1996-1997
2004057-012 Arguments against advertising by lawyers. -- [between 1983 and 1988]

PF45-2 Addresses

0.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of addresses given by Laura Legge, in most instances at law-related events.
Reference code / Title / Date
2004057-004 Address for the Hon. Grant Devine. -- 16 June 1982
2004057-005 Ottawa call to the Bar. – 1984
2004057-006 The Women's Show. -- 8 Nov. 1985
2004057-007 Unveiling of sculpture. -- 26 Feb. 1987
2004057-008 Appointment of Ronald Sobier to the Bench. -- [1990?]
2004057-009 Award of excellence dinner. -- 10 Apr. 1997
2004057-010 The Robinette Medal. -- 16 Apr. 1997
2004057-011 Women's Law Association eightieth anniversary dinner. -- 14 Jan. 2000

PF45-3 Photographs and drawing

1982, 1987-[2001?]
7 photographs : col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
1 drawing : pencil on paper ; 28 x 22 cm 

Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs depicting Laura Legge at various legal events and with several of the legal committees she served on, as well as a portrait drawing of Legge by Enzo D'Amico.

Reference code / Title / Date
2004057-01P Photograph of Laura Legge and Margaret Thatcher. -- 18 June 1988
2004057-02P Photograph of Treasurer Scace with the benchers. – 1987
2004057-03P Photograph of Federation of Law Societies executive. – 1988
2004057-04P Photograph of Laura Legge with Kim Campbell. -- [1990?]
2004057-05P Photograph of Laura Legge, William Howland and others. -- 18 Apr. 1985
2004057-06P Photograph of the women benchers. -- [2001?]
2004057-07P Photograph of Treasurer Krishna with the benchers. -- [2001?]

PF45-4 Certificates

4 p. of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of certificates granted to Laura Legge by provincial Law Societies and the Women's Law Association of Ontario.
Reference code / Title / Date
2004057-013 The President's Award of the Women's Law Association of Ontario. -- 28 Feb. 1989
2004057-014 Certificate of life membership with the Law Society of Saskatchewan. -- 17 Mar. 1989
2004057-015 Law Society bencher certificate. -- 26 Apr. 1999
2004057-016 Certificate of honorary membership with the Law Society of Alberta. -- 6 June 1989
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