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.

Don’t Gossip About Your Client to the Press… Some (Mildly) Complicating Thoughts on Robidoux

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Don’t Gossip About Your Client to the Press… Some (Mildly) Complicating Thoughts on Robidoux Decision commented on: In the matter of the Legal Profession Act, and in the matter of a hearing regarding the conduct … Continue reading

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Defining Prosecutorial Discretion (With an Invitation to the Court to Re-define Abuse of Process)

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Defining Prosecutorial Discretion (With an Invitation to the Court to Re-define Abuse of Process) Case Commented On: R. v. Anderson, 2014 SCC 41 With its unanimous judgment in R. v. Anderson, 2014 SCC 41, the … Continue reading

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#Yesallwomen/#Notallmen: Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version:#Yesallwomen/#Notallmen: Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession How do we understand bad things done to women by men?  Through the few men who do them (#Notallmen)?  Through misogyny in our culture as a whole?  Through the … Continue reading

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Ethical vs. Unethical: The Troubling Tales of Tony Merchant

By: Alice Woolley      PDF Version: Ethical vs. Unethical: The Troubling Tales of Tony Merchant Case commented on: Merchant v Law Society of Saskatchewan 2014 SKCA 56 Introduction Last week the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal upheld the Law Society of Saskatchewan’s … Continue reading

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Defining the “Client” (or not) in Former Client Conflicts

By: Alice Woolley Case commented on: Orr v. Alook, 2014 ABQB 141 PDF version: Defining the “Client” (or not) in Former Client Conflicts When teaching the law on conflicts of interest to students, I suggest they start by determining the … Continue reading

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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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