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Finding Aid - Sydney Robins fonds (PF188)

Sydney Robins fonds

1944-1948, 1960, 1973-2006, photocopied 2009

5 cm of textual records
14 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21.6 x 27.9 cm or smaller

Biographical Sketch
Sydney Lewis Robins was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Samuel Robins and Bessie Kamarner. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1944, and was admitted to Osgoode Hall Law School that same year. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in September 1947. Robins received an LL.M. degree from Harvard University in 1948. Robins served as a special lecturer on torts at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1948 to 1960, and participated in many continuing legal education sessions for the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1962. Robins was first elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1961, and served as its Treasurer from 1971 to 1974. Robins was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1976, and to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1981. Robins served on several Ontario provincial commissions, and arbitrated a TTC labour dispute. Following his retirement from the bench in 1998, Robins joined the law firm of Goodmans LLP. He served as Chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario, and was active in the Canadian Bar Association. Robins died in Toronto on January 10th, 2014.
 
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to the legal career of Sydney Lewis Robins. Included in the fonds are press clippings, speeches, photographs, and correspondence.
 
Restrictions
No restrictions on access, except for one file of correspondence which requires the permission of the corporate secretary.

PF188-1 Press clippings

Photocopied 2009
4.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of photocopies of press clippings relating to the legal career of Sydney Robins. The clippings largely pertain to the period Robins served as Treasurer of the Law Society, his appointment to the bench, and various matters he was involved with while on the bench, including the inquiry of Judge Harry Williams, legislation permitting full funding for Roman Catholic schools, and a Toronto Transit Commission labour arbitration.
 
Reference Code / Title / Date
2009031-001 Press clippings - undated. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-002 Press clippings - 1961. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-003 Press clippings - 1968. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-004 Press clippings - 1971. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-005 Press clippings - 1972. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-006 Press clippings - 1973. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-007 Press clippings - 1974. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-008 Press clippings - 1975. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-009 Press clippings - 1976. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-010 Press clippings - 1977. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-011 Press clippings - 1978. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-012 Press clippings - 1979. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-013 Press clippings - 1980. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-014 Press clippings - 1981. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-015 Press clippings - 1985. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-016 Press clippings - 1986. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-017 Press clippings - 1987. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-018 Press clippings - 1989. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-019 Press clippings - 1991. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-020 Press clippings - 1992. -- [Photocopied 2009]
2009031-021 Press clippings - 1994. -- [Photocopied 2009]

PF188-2 Speeches

Photocopied 2009
12 p.

Scope and Content
Series consists of two speeches maintained by Sydney L. Robins.

Reference Code / Title / Date
2009031-022 Remarks of Sydney L. Robins, Q.C. Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. -- Photocopied 2009
2009031-023 Statement by the Honourable David Peterson, Premier of Ontario, on abolition and revocation of the Letters Patent of a Queen's Counsel to the Legislature. -- Photocopied 2009

PF188-3 Photographs

1973-2006
14 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21.6 x 27.9 cm or smaller

Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs maintained by Sydney L. Robins. The photographs relate to various legal events attended by Robins, including class reunions and dinners. Several photographs relate to his status as a former Treasurer of the Law Society.

Reference Code / Title / Date
2009031-01P Photograph of Sydney Robins, Bora Laskin and Samuel Freedman. -- 1973
2009031-02P Photograph of dinner honouring G. Arthur Martin. -- 14 June 1974
2009031-03P Photograph of W. David Griffiths, Sydney Robins, and George Finlayson. -- May 1990
2009031-04P Photograph of Peter Cory and Sydney Robins. -- 1991
2009031-05P Griffiths retirement dinner, University Club - December 8, 1995. -- 8 Dec. 1995
2009031-06P Photograph of Law Society Medal recipients. -- 20 Sept. 2000
2009031-07P Photograph of Treasurer Robert Armstrong and former Treasurers. -- 24 May 2001
2009031-08P A.C.J.O. Coulter Osborne retirement party, Court of Appeal for Ontario. -- 20 Sept. 2001
2009031-09P Photograph of Osgoode Hall Law School class of 1947 reunion. -- 2002
2009031-10P Photograph of Treasurer Frank Marrocco and benchers. -- 2005
2009031-11P Class of 1956: 50th reunion. -- 2006
2009031-12P Photograph of Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie and former Treasurers. -- 2006
2009031-13P Photograph of William G.C. Howland, Tom Callon, Sydney Robins, G. Arthur Martin, and W.B. Common. -- Reproduced [between 2000 and 2009]
2009031-14P Photograph of Sydney Robins. -- [between 2000 and 2009]

PF188-4 Correspondence

1944-1948, 1960, 1973
0.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of letters and telegrams received by Sydney Robins, largely relating to teaching and marking at Osgoode Hall Law School and offers of teaching positions.
 
Reference Code / Title / Date
2013036-001 Letter from University College. -- 7 June 1944
2013036-002 Letter from the Law Society of Upper Canada. -- 25 June 1945
2013036-003 Letter from the Law Society of Upper Canada. -- 25 Sept. 1946
2013036-004 Letter from the Law Society of Upper Canada. -- 25 Oct. 1946
2013036-005 Letter from Osgoode Hall Law School. -- 30 Oct. 1946
2013036-006 Letter from the Law Society of Upper Canada. -- 25 Feb. 1947
2013036-007 Letter from W.E. Hanna. -- 21 Sept. 1947
2013036-008 Letter from Osgoode Hall Law School. -- 3 Dec. 1947
2013036-009 Letter from Cecil A. Wright. -- 22 Mar. 1948
2013036-010 Letters from the University of British Columbia. -- May 1948
2013036-011 Telegram from Cecil Wright. -- 4 May 1948
2013036-012 Telegram from Cecil Wright. -- 7 May 1948
2013036-013 Letter from the Law Society of Upper Canada. -- 27 Oct. 1948
2013036-014 Letter from Cecil A. Wright. -- 23 Dec. 1948
2013036-015 Letter from John D. Arnup. -- 21 Mar. 1960
2013036-016 Letter from H. Allan Leal. -- 19 Aug. 1960
2013036-017 Letters with Dalton Bales. -- 1973 [closed]
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