Durvile Publications

Benched

Passion for Law Reform

Overview

Fifty years in a law profession she loves, twenty-four spent as a judge, Nancy Morrison is a storyteller and trail-blazer. Entertaining, at times warm and witty, this memoir also reminds us of dark times, of the ever-relevant social and political issues of the day, and the need for law reform. Here is a life that was never dull, including the twenty-four years Nancy shared with actor Bruno Gerussi. Benched is a must-read for members of the law profession, written by one of their own, and for students who may be considering Law as a career. In addition, for women and other minorities, the book is a reminder of our history, when today’s rights were not a given.

Reviews

“Nancy comes from an interesting background, not only in practicing law, but being interested in social justice. Her great ability is understanding and describing how and why people behave as they do.”
— Hon. Anne Rowles, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia

“I never had to appear before Judge Morrison and I would like to keep it that way. Benched is a must-read.  Nancy made me say that or face solitary.”  
— Vicki Gabereau, Journalist and Broadcaster

“Nancy’s story is raw, relatable and undeniably entertaining, striking at the core of what it means to be a true crusader in this profession.”  
— Kaysi Fagan, Criminal Defence Lawyer


“In Benched my Osgoode Hall classmate traces her story as a prairie girl, a feminist, a lawyer and a judge. The book provides insightful observations about cases and causes in which Nancy was involved, or led the way. A fascinating read.”
— Hon. Patrick LeSage, Former Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice   

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