B.A. (UBC), M.A. (U of T), LL.B. (UBC), LL.M. (UBC), Ph.D. (UC Berkeley)
Non-practising member of the British Columbia bar.
Cross-apointed to the Faculty of Arts, where she is the Program Coordinator for the Law and Society Program
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Lyndsay grew up in Calgary but spent most of her post-secondary educational career on the west coast, in British Columbia and California. She practised briefly with McCarthy Tétrault in Vancouver and independently, in connection with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. She clerked for justices L.G. Finch and J.D. Lambert at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
In 2012/2013, Lyndsay is teaching Legal Perspectives and Canadian Legal History in the Faculty of Law.
Lyndsay’s research interests include legal history, the regulation of expression, the interaction between extralegal and legal approaches to regulation, and comparisons between Canadian and American approaches to law, constitutionalism, and regulation. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Truths and Consequences: The Legal and Extralegal Regulation of Expression in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, 1820-1840.” Her LL.M. thesis was entitled “The St. Clair Case and the Regulation of the Obscene in Pre-World War One Ontario.” Lyndsay recently collaborated with Professor Tony Freyer of the University of Alabama on a co-authored and co-edited collection entitled Freedom’s Conditions in the U.S.-Canada Borderland in the Age of Emancipation, which is published by the Carolina Academic Press. Articles have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society and in the Dalhousie Law Journal. Recently, her essays have appeared in Foster, Berger, and Buck, eds., The Grand Experiment: Law & Legal Culture in British Settler Societies (UBC Press, 2008) and Fernandez and Dubber, eds., Law Books in Action: Essays on the Anglo-American Legal Treatise (Hart Publishing, 2012). Lyndsay is currently working on the treatment of race in mid-19th-century Ontario and on women's use of libel law in Massachusetts in the 1820s and 1830s. She anticipates eventually publishing a monograph on the regulation of expression in that time and in those places.
Lyndsay is serving as the Coordinator, Law & Society Program, Faculty of Arts to June 30, 2013. She is also a member of the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board.
In the Faculty of Law, Lyndsay was elected to the Research and Scholarship Leaves Committee for 2012/2013.
Lyndsay is on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History. She is also a long-time member of the Canadian Law and Society Association and the programme coordinator for the CLSA's annual meeting in 2012. She was the Program Chair for the Canadian Law & Society Association (CLSA) Annual Meeting in Waterloo, Ontario in May 2012. The program for that meeting features over 100 paper presentations on topics that represent both novel and longstanding challenges for justice.