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 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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Ensuring Competent Representation: Know What You Don’t Know

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Ensuring Competent Representation: Know What You Don’t Know You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run You never count your … Continue reading

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Trinity Western… Again

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Trinity Western… Again I can’t stop thinking about the law society decisions on Trinity Western University (TWU). Part of the reason for that is the complexity and difficulty of the substantive issue raised by TWU’s … Continue reading

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The Virtues and Limits of the Representation of the “Man-in-trouble”: Some Reflections on Jian Ghomeshi and Legal Ethics

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Virtues and Limits of the Representation of the “Man-in-trouble”: Some Reflections on Jian Ghomeshi and Legal Ethics The scandal surrounding Jian Ghomeshi raises a myriad of legal questions across doctrinal areas: labour and employment; … Continue reading

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Tweeter or Twitter? Teaching a Federation Approved Legal Ethics Course

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Tweeter or Twitter? Teaching a Federation Approved Legal Ethics Course This summer I again provided the Federation of Law Societies with the syllabus for my legal ethics course. The Federation requested the syllabus for, presumably, … Continue reading

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