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Diversifying the Bar: About the Project Manager

Dr. Allison Kirk-Montgomery is the Project Manager of the Diversifying the Bar: Lawyers Make History Project. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2001; her thesis was entitled “Courting Madness: Insanity and Testimony in the Criminal Justice System in Victorian Ontario.” She has researched and written on the history of medicine, mental health and medical technology.

Dr. Kirk-Montgomery has been involved previously with a number of interview projects for the Law Society including the Senior Treasurers’ Interview Project in 2004, as the oral historian and researcher. She was also the oral historian and compiler of the “Memoir of Mary Constance Hunt Mclean” in 2007-08.

In tackling the Diversifying the Bar project Dr. Kirk-Montgomery has been tenacious and tireless in developing a first roll of names that will inspire other diverse groups within the legal community to provide the Law Society with the names from their past and present. Her commitment to the project has been noteworthy and her experience as an oral historian has provided depth to the pursuit of the stories depicted in the brief biographies - stories that enrich the profession’s understanding of its origins.

Dr. Kirk-Montgomery would like to thank Paul Leatherdale, Ann-Marie Langlois, and Susan Lewthwaite of the Law Society's Archives for their expert and generous assistance with all phases of this project.
For more information on the project, please click here for the Diversifying the Bar: Lawyers Make History home page.

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