Author Archives: Alice Woolley

About Alice Woolley

LL.M. (Yale), LL.B. (Toronto), B.A. (Toronto), Professor, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, Member of the Alberta Bar. Alice Woolley is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law. She received her B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Toronto, where she was the gold medallist in law and recipient of the Dean’s Key for outstanding contribution to extra-curricular activities of an academic nature. She received her LL.M from Yale Law School. Professor Woolley’s research interests are in the areas of legal ethics and professional regulation, with a particular interest in the intersection of professional regulation, moral philosophy and moral psychology. She is the author of Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Canada (2011) and the co-editor and co-author of Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation, 2d ed. (2012). Her academic articles have discussed the good character requirement for law society admission, the regulation of extra-professional misconduct, access to justice, the regulation of civility, lawyer self-regulation and the theoretical foundations of the lawyer’s role.

The More Things Change…. A Post-McKercher Conflicts Case

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The More Things Change…. A Post-McKercher Conflicts Case Case Commented on:  MTM Commercial Trust v Statesman Riverside Quays Ltd. 2014 ABQB 16 In his decision in MTM Commercial Trust v Statesman Riverside Quays Ltd. Justice Macleod … Continue reading

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U of C and U of A Law Profs’ Submission to the Law Society of Alberta on Trinity Western University Law School

By Jennifer Koshan, Jonnette Watson Hamilton and Alice Woolley  PDF Version: U of C and U of A Law Profs’ Submission to the Law Society of Alberta on Trinity Western University Law School Commented on: Letter from members of the … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court (sort of) Thinks About Lawyers as Advisors

By Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Supreme Court (sort of) Thinks About Lawyers as Advisors Case commented on: Wood v Schaeffer, 2013 SCC 71 When police officers in Ontario kill or injure someone in the course of their duties, the … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Canadian Legal Ethics Stories – 2013

By Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Top Ten Canadian Legal Ethics Stories – 2013 Once again John Steele at Legal Ethics Forum has compiled his list of the top ten ethics stories of 2013 (here).  As was the case last … Continue reading

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Douglas Inquiry Committee Resigns

PDF Version: Douglas Inquiry Committee Resigns Decision commented on: Inquiry Committee concerning the Hon. Lori Douglas, Reasons For Resignation of the Inquiry Committee (November 20, 2013) In a stunning development, the Inquiry Committee charged with investigating the conduct of the … Continue reading

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Client Rights and Lawyers’ Files

PDF Version: Client Rights and Lawyers’ Files Case commented on: Royal Bank of Canada v Kaddoura, 2013 ABQB 630 In a recent decision, Master Prowse held that a client who sues a lawyer may obtain production of documents from the … Continue reading

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Lawyers Who Write Bogus Demand Letters: The Freemen in Our Midst?

PDF Version: Lawyers Who Write Bogus Demand Letters: The Freemen in Our Midst? The phenomenon of organized pseudo-legal commercial arguments (OPCA) being used to advance claims not recognized by law has received a great deal of attention in the past … Continue reading

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Prosecutorial Discretion and Solicitor-Client Costs

PDF Version: Prosecutorial Discretion and Solicitor-Client Costs Case commented on: R v Leonard, 2013 ABQB 531 In R v Leonard, 2013 ABQB 531, Justice Thomas awarded solicitor-client costs against the Crown on the basis that the Crown continued with the … Continue reading

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The Ethical Problem with the Quebec Charter of Values

PDF Version: The Ethical Problem with the Quebec Charter of Values Policy considered: Quebec Charter of Values Even prior to this week’s publication of Quebec’s proposed Charter of Values, its prohibition of “ostentatious” religious symbols being worn by public employees … Continue reading

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Roundtable on Ontario v Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario

PDF Version: Roundtable on Ontario v Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario Cases Considered: Ontario v Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario, 2013 SCC 43 On August 13, 2013, Faculty of Law hosted its last Roundtable discussion of the summer. That discussion … Continue reading

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