Years in the
making, the newest addition to the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law
was officially opened March 23.
The La Forest Rare
Books Reading Room along with the C. Anne Crocker New Brunswick Legal Heritage
Collection were unveiled during a ceremony at the Gerard V. La Forest Law
Library in Fredericton.
The La Forest
Rare Book Reading Room provides a secure, climate-controlled environment for the preservation
of UNB’s important historic collection of legal materials. Keeping the
documents safe and in pristine condition will benefit future generations of law
teachers, researchers and scholars as well as members of the Bar and
the rare materials housed in the La Forest Rare Books Reading Room are Commentaries on the Laws of England, Fourth
Edition, by Sir William Blackstone published in 1771, as well as the Canadian Railway Act of 1903.
room is also home to the C. Anne Crocker New Brunswick Legal Heritage
Collection which aims to preserve and reflect New Brunswick’s legal heritage.
The collection brings together the province’s legal publications including law
reports, legislation, other reports and texts, as well as legal sources from
other jurisdictions that were consulted by New Brunswick legal practitioners
and scholars in the 19th and early 20th century. The
collection is named in honour of C. Anne Crocker, C.M., UNB Law Librarian Emerita,
who helped cultivate the collection throughout her thirty–year career.
addition to preserving important legal documents for future generations, the La
Forest Rare Books Reading Room also recognizes the accomplishments of the Honourable Mr. Justice Gérard V. La Forest, C.C. Justice La Forest’s career encompassed work as a
lawyer, law teacher, scholar, senior civil servant, Justice of the New
Brunswick Court of Appeal and of the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice La Forest
has donated materials from his personal collection to the reading room
including books, reports, articles, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs
and other memorabilia spanning his distinguished career.
opening of the La Forest Rare Books Reading Room is wonderful because it not
only preserves historic legal documents but also celebrates a great UNB alumnus
and New Brunswicker in Justice La Forest,” said UNB president Eddy Campbell.