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Finding Aid - Abraham Lieff fonds (PF103)

Abraham Lieff fonds

1963, 1968-1970, 1976-1985

11 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch
Abraham Herman Lieff was born on March 21st, 1903, in Antopol, Russia (now Poland), to Barnett (sometimes referred to as Bernard) and Esther Malka Pomerantz. Lieff arrived in Canada with his mother in 1904 and settled in Ottawa in 1905. He married Sadie Lazarovitz, of Quebec City, in 1929, who was one of the first Jewish women lawyers in Canada. They had two daughters, Miriam and Lois. Lieff was admitted to Osgoode Hall Law School in 1921 and was called to the Bar in 1926. He was appointed a King's Counsel in 1948. He acted as counsel for the Canadian House of Commons Committee on Industrial Relations (1946) and for the Canadian Senate Special Committee on Narcotic Drug Traffic (1956). Lieff was the first person of Jewish faith to serve as Justice of the High Court of Justice (1963-1978). Lieff served as President of the Ottawa B'nai B'rith (1943), President of the Agudath Israel Congregation (1946-1963), President of the Ottawa Jewish Community Council (1953-1955), President of the Ottawa Vaad Ha'Ir (1953-1956), and Chair of the Canadian Committee of the North American Section of the Commission on the Re-organization of the World Zionist Organization with Mr. Justice Harry Batshaw, of the Quebec Superior Court (1965-1966). Lieff founded the Ottawa Talmud Torah, West-End Branch (1943) and incorporated the Canada-Israel Foundation (1965). He was honoured at the Negev Testimonial Dinner of Jewish National Fund of Canada (1978) and at a centennial party at Beth Tzedec Synagogue in Toronto (March 2003). Lieff died in Toronto on February 12th, 2007, at the age of 103.
Scope and Content
Fonds consist of records documenting the judicial career of Abraham Lieff. Records in the fonds predominately document work related to instituting pre-trial conferences and mediation programmes as an alternative court room. Fonds also documents Lieff's appointment to and retirement from the bench and research conducted for the writing of legal historical texts. Records include consultation papers, meeting minutes, correspondence, speeches, reports, memoranda, meeting minutes, and newspaper clippings.
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PF103-1 Clippings, speeches and letter

1963, 1968-1970, 1978
0.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of clippings, speeches and a letter relating to the judicial career of Abraham Lieff.
Reference Code / Title / Date
991027-001 Clippings, speeches and letter. -- 1963, 1968-1970, 1978

PF103-2 Supreme Court of Ontario files

8 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of records maintained by Justice Lieff while serving on the Supreme Court of Ontario. Records relate to the institution and administration of a family law mediation programme to serve as an alternative to courtroom litigation.
Reference Code / Title / Date
991027-002 Custody mediation. -- 1976-1977
991027-003 Mediation. -- 1976-1985
991027-004 Family law. -- 1976-1977, 1980
991027-005 Background materials. -- 1974, 1976-1977
991027-006 Pre-trial of family law in the Supreme Court of Ontario: simplify and expedite. -- Sept. 1976

PF103-3 County of Carleton Law Association research materials

Photocopied [198-?] (originals created 1914-1939)
2.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of records accumulated and used by Abraham Lieff. These records pertain to the County of Carleton Law Association and were used by Lieff in preparation of his historical essay, "Between the Wars: 1920-1935," which appeared in William C.V. Johnson's The First Century: The County of Carleton Law Association (1988). The records in this series consist of photocopies of association minutes.
Reference Code / Title / Date
987007-001 Carleton County Law Association minutes. -- Photocopied [198-?] (originals created 1914-1939)
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