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About Lisa Silver

Lisa Silver is a native Calgarian, lawyer, educator, and avid blogger. She holds a B.A. in Economics (UWO, 1984), LL.B. (Osgoode, 1987), and LL.M. (Calgary, 2001). She is a member of the Ontario and Alberta Bars. Lisa articled and then practiced with the firm of Greenspan, Humphrey from 1987 to 1998 where she specialized in criminal appeals. She has appeared before all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Presently, she is in private practice specializing in legal research and writing. She maintains a law blog at www.ideablawg.ca, which has been recognized as a two-time runner-up in the Law Professor category for the Clawbies – Canadian Law Blog Awards. She taught for many years as a part-time instructor in the Mount Royal University Department of Justice Studies. Presently, Lisa is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law teaching 1Ls Criminal Law. She is also involved in the revision of the law school’s 3L Trial Advocacy Program to be launched in 2016. Recently, Lisa published an article in the (2014) 61 Criminal Law Quarterly 531 entitled “Poof Into A Puff of Air - Where Have All The Defences Gone? The Air of Reality Test And The Defences of Justifications and Excuses.” She is also co-revising the new edition of “Principles of Criminal Law.” She sits on the Legal Aid Provincial Appeals Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Calgary Police Commission.

The Confidential Informant as a Creation of Law

By: Lisa A. Silver PDF Version: The Confidential Informant as a Creation of Law Case Commented On: Her Majesty The Queen v Named Person A, 2017 ABQB 552 (CanLII) We are all conversant with a creation story, be it biblical or … Continue reading

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The Creation of Community “Space” in Sentencing in R v Saretzky

By: Lisa Silver PDF Version: The Creation of Community “Space” in Sentencing in R v Saretzky Case Commented On: R v Saretzky, 2017 ABQB 496 (CanLII) The Saretzky case will live in infamy as a disturbing crime that defies description and … Continue reading

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Unpacking R v Barton

By: Lisa A. Silver PDF Version: Unpacking R v Barton Case Commented On: R v Barton, 2017 ABCA 216 (CanLII)  R v Barton is a bold and intrepid decision. It is not so much a lengthy decision as it is densely … Continue reading

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The Delicate Balance of Sentencing: The Application of the Totality Principle in Regulatory Offences

By: Lisa Silver PDF Version: The Delicate Balance of Sentencing: The Application of the Totality Principle in Regulatory Offences Case Commented On: Alberta (Health Services) v Bhanji, 2017 ABCA 126 (CanLII) Chief Justice Lamer succinctly described the sentencing process and the … Continue reading

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Order In the Skyways: A Comment on the Regulation of Drones

By: Lisa Silver PDF Version: Order In the Skyways: A Comment on the Regulation of Drones Case Commented On: R v Shah, 2017 ABQB 144 (CanLII) The increasing popularity of drones is attracting the attention of the regulatory process as municipalities, … Continue reading

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