by Constance Backhouse, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa, and Madam Justice Nancy Backhouse, Superior Court of Justice, Ontario. Published with University of British Columbia Press, 2004.
In 1940 Elizabeth Campbell published a remarkable book Where Angels Fear to Tread telling the story of her determined battle against much of Ontario’s legal establishment as she endeavoured to prove that her uncle, a long-time bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, had stolen funds from her mother’s estate. Her struggle carried her in 1930 all the way to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England where Mrs. Campbell argued her own case and won an astounding victory. Mrs. Campbell’s book is reprinted in its entirety together with an extensive introduction, epilogue, and research notes that illuminate the context for Campbell’s story.