This conversation between Justice Robert J. Sharpe and seasoned litigator Guy Pratte, his former student, centres on Justice Sharpe’s acclaimed book Good Judgment: Making Judicial Decisions (2018). Adopting a dynamic question and answer format, this author talk is both informative and entertaining.
Having known each other for forty years, the speakers demonstrate a wondrous chemistry. They occasionally exchange good-natured barbs, while exploring such disparate topics as Justice Sharpe’s storied career, his reverence for Chief Justice Brian Dickson (whom he served as Executive Legal Officer), how judges make their decisions, the role of their personal predilections, the incremental development of the common law (i.e.. law that judges “make” but not “make up”), the importance of diversity on the bench, and the metaphorical use of Monet’s paintings of the Rouen Cathedral. Replete with profound insights, engaging anecdotes, refreshing candour and light humour, “The Sharpe and Pratte Show” has broad appeal.
Recorded Wednesday, May 15, 2019, The TLA Lounge, 361 University Avenue, Court House, Toronto, Canada.
Non-Members/Friends of TLA: $20 (+HST)
The views and opinion expressed by speakers are their own and may not represent the views and opinions of the Toronto Lawyers Association.
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