Patricia I. McMahon

Prior to attending Yale for her LL.M. and J.S.D., Patricia completed her Ph.D. in History and LL.B. at the University of Toronto in Canada. Complementing her research, Patricia also has broad litigation experience, having appeared in all levels of Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court. Before entering private practice and then returning to her legal studies, Patricia clerked with Mr. Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has won numerous academic prizes and fellowships, including a Social Science and Humanities Research Council grant for her doctoral work in history, and a Fulbright Fellowship for her legal studies. Among her publications are two books, including an award-winning history of the Persons Case, the landmark legal decision that allowed the appointment of women to the Canadian Senate.

Fields of Academic Interest and Dissertation Project:
Patricia’s research interests include British and Canadian legal history and legal process. She is especially interested in the intersection between law and politics, and the manner in which legal reform occurs. Her J.S.D. dissertation explores the fusion of law and equity in nineteenth century Great Britain. Although formal fusion occurred in 1875, Patricia argues that incremental reform to procedure in both Common Law and Chancery during the 1850s and 1860s achieved fusion in all but name. Thus, by 1875, the legislative enactment of fusion was a formality, not revolutionary.

Doctoral Committee:
John H. Langbein
Judith Resnik
Claire Priest

B.A. (Hons) History, University of Western Ontario, Huron College
M.A. History, University of Toronto
Ph.D. History, University of Toronto
LL.B., University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
LL.M., Yale Law School