James Muir is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Classics and in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. Professor Muir has published on a number of topics in Canadian legal history such as procedure at the first session of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in 1755, the development of personal injury, tort and contract in nineteenth-century Nova Scotia, and legal historiography. He has a forthcoming book on the law in practice in eighteenth century Halifax. He is Vice-Chair of the Edmonton Community Legal Centre Board and serves as the Vice-President of the Alberta Labour History Institute.