I hope that my friend Maurice Coombs will forgive me reproducing a tribute to the late Justice Bertha Wilson, which has some interesting insights into how Osler established the first legal research practice area in Canada – and I would suspect the world. It comes from the OBA’s Briefly Speaking but deserves a wider readership.
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With the death of Bertha Wilson we have lost a superb lawyer, a wonderful woman, and a great Canadian.
I first met her in the fall of 1971 when I interviewed with her for the position of associate lawyer in the research practice she had