Author Archives: Alice Woolley

About Alice Woolley

LL.M. (Yale), LL.B. (Toronto), B.A. (Toronto). Professor. Member of the Alberta Bar. Associate Dean (Academic). Please click here for more information.

The Top Ten Canadian Legal Ethics Stories – 2015

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Top Ten Canadian Legal Ethics Stories – 2015 Year’s end invites assessment of what has passed. For me, that includes reflection on the most significant developments in legal ethics over the year (Reflections from … Continue reading

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When Judicial Decisions Go from Wrong to Wrongful – How Should the Legal System Respond?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: When Judicial Decisions Go from Wrong to Wrongful – How Should the Legal System Respond? Case Commented On: R v Wagar, 2015 ABCA 327 (CanLII) Introduction Judges make wrong decisions. As I discussed in a … Continue reading

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Liability and Lawyers

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Liability and Lawyers Case Commented On: Mraz v Herman, 2015 ABQB 573 The recent decision of Justice W.P. Sullivan in Mraz v Herman succinctly disposes of claims made against two Alberta lawyers. The first claim, … Continue reading

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The Volkswagen Scandal: When We Ask, “Where Were the Lawyers?” Do We Ask the Wrong Question?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Volkswagen Scandal: When We Ask, “Where Were the Lawyers?” Do We Ask the Wrong Question? Every institutional ethics scandal – Watergate, the 2008 Financial Crisis, Enron, the Savings and Loan Scandal, the Daily Mail … Continue reading

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The Authority of Law?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Authority of Law? Case Commented On: R v L.L. 2015 ABCA 222 In R v L.L. 2015 ABCA 222, the Alberta Court of Appeal reversed an award of costs made against the Crown at … Continue reading

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Prosecutors as Ministers of Justice?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Prosecutors as Ministers of Justice? Three recent cases have brought to light bad behaviour by criminal prosecutors. In R v Suarez-Noa, 2015 ONSC 3823 Justice Reid ordered a mistrial after the prosecutor suggested “to the jury … Continue reading

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Still Just the Facts: Applying the Bright Line Rule

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Still Just the Facts: Applying the Bright Line Rule Case Commented On: Statesman Master Builders v Bennett Jones LLP, 2015 ABCA 142 In a unanimous judgment the Alberta Court of Appeal has reversed a decision … Continue reading

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What Makes a Law School Great?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: What Makes a Law School Great? What makes a law school great? What should a law school curriculum seek to accomplish in light of the school’s obligations to its students, its university, the pursuit of knowledge, … Continue reading

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Lawyers’ Representation, Lawyers’ Regulation and Section 7 of the Charter

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Lawyers’ Representation, Lawyers’ Regulation and Section 7 of the Charter Case Commented On: Attorney General (Canada) v Federation of Law Societies, 2015 SCC 7 In Attorney General (Canada) v. Federation of Law Societies, 2015 SCC … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Canadian Legal Ethics Stories – 2014

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Top Ten Canadian Legal Ethics Stories – 2014 For the last two years I have written up the “top ten” Canadian legal ethics stories for the prior year (2013 and 2012). This year I … Continue reading

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