Few are the justices of a nation's highest court whose most significant work is done after they leave the bench. Fewer still are those magnanimous enough not to seek credit for it. Justice Frank Iacobucci, the man whose labors were instrumental to the creation of Canada's newest federal holiday—National Day for Truth and Reconciliation—is such an individual, Shauna Van Praagh tells us in this recent biography. Born in East Vancouver in 1937 to an Abruzzese father and a Calabrian mother, Iacobucci served as a Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1991 to 2004. Prior to his appointment, he had practiced in the private sector, been a professor and the dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and served as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada.

Despite this singular resume and the impact of his work as a justice—which Van Praagh treats...

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