BackhouseI graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. in 1972, and worked briefly for Ralph Nader in Washington, DC before obtaining an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1975 and an LL.M. from Harvard in 1979. Directly after that degree, I took a job teaching law at the University of Western Ontario, where I worked until I transferred to the University of Ottawa in 2000.

My partner of 20 years is also a law professor, Bruce Feldthusen, who is now the Dean of Law at Ottawa. We have two children: Diana (age 18 and in first year at Queenís) and Mark (age 16, in high school in Ottawa).

One of the best parts of academic life is sabbaticals, and we have managed to take a number of wonderful ones: Berkeley, Tucson, San Diego, and Perth (Western Australia).

I have written a number of books: Petticoats and Prejudice: Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada, Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canadian Law, 1900-1950; The Secret Oppression: Sexual Harassment of Working Women (co-authored with Leah Cohen); and Challenging Times: The Womenís Movement in Canada and the United States (co-edited with David H. Flaherty).

I teach courses on human rights, criminal law, gender and race. I do a great deal of public speaking, as well as some adjudication and mediation for human rights tribunals. One of the most fascinating things I have done was to work as an adjudicator of compensation claims for former residents of the Grandview Training School for Girls. I also am deeply involved with the feminist communities in London, Ontario and Ottawa.

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  1. Nancy Jacobs says:

    I am a former student of Lindsay, and Grandview training schools. I have recently come across information on compensation packages for former students… but I see no where in how to apply for this. Could you point me in the right direction??

  2. Tammy says:

    Hi nancy im not sure how old your post is but if your interested still i have load of info on how u can get your settlement if u were in grandview as i am helping my mom now who i recently learned was a ward of the grandview training school and i have a ton of info

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