008 – Albert Oosterhoff, A Voice of Reason, Professor Emeritus and Firm Counsel;

Albert Oosterhoff is a Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law at Western University and has taught at the University of Windsor and Western University in the areas of Wills, Trusts, and Property Law. He taught Trusts for a number of years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. He also held positions as Associate and Acting Dean at Western.

Professor Oosterhoff has been in private practice and has written numerous articles, comments and books in the areas of Wills, Estates, Trusts, and Property Law.

An author of many publications, including Oosterhoff on Trusts: Text, Commentary and Materials (8th edition), Oosterhoff on Wills and Succession (now in its 7th edition), he served as an Associate Editor of the Dominion Law Reports, the Canadian Criminal Cases and the Ontario Reports for many years. He has also served as Editor in Chief of the Estates, Trusts and Pension Journal.

Professor Oosterhoff is widely respected for his extensive knowledge in this practice area.

** This episode qualifies for one (1) Substantive CPD hour by the Law Society of Ontario.

The Professor’s book recommendations include:

* Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing (2018), a beautifully written novel about an abused young woman who lived in the North Carolina lowlands. She was shunned and maltreated by the town folk, but overcame great adversity.

* Kim Michele Richardson, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, a moving story about people with blue skin and pack horse librarians in the mountains of eastern Kentucky during the 1930s and 1940s.

* Ariel Lawhon, Code Name Hélène, about a real-life heroine working with the Maquisards in occupied France

* Madeline Miller, Circe. Circe was a daughter of Helios, the sun god. She was a witch and a troublemaker. The book describes her interaction with mythical people such as the Minotaur, Daedalus, Icarus, Odysseus, etc.

* Kate Quinn, The Alice Network, 2017, about female spies during WW I and II, It is a novel, but is bases on historical figures.

Other authors:

* Anthony Burgess – all of his books. A great stylist.

* Anthony Powell: A Dance to the Music of Time, a novel about manners in the 1930s. Also a great stylist

* JRR Tolkien

Medieval mysteries – Ellis Peters, the Brother Cadfael mysteries and also mysteries by many other authors

A few modern mysteries: Sarah Caudwell, a British Barrister who died early, wrote four delightful legal mysteries involving several young barristers practicing in Lincoln’s Inn:

*The Shortest Way to Hades

*The Sibyl in Her Grave

*The Sirens Sang of Murder

*Thus Was Adonis Murdered

Some Biographies:

* Hilary Mantel, the Wolf Hall Trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, who served as Henry VIII’s chief minister, until he too was beheaded.

* Eric Metaxas, Amazing Grace about William Wilberforce and the campaign to abolish slavery. [[cf. the hymn Amazing Grace by the former slaver, John Newton]]

and

* (Dietrich) Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran theologian who was implicated in the plot to kill Hitler and was executed a few days before the end of the war.

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