Category Archives: Ethics and the Legal Profession

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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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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Law Society of Alberta Responds on TWU Law School Issue

By: Jennifer Koshan PDF Version: Law Society of Alberta Responds on TWU Law School Issue Back in February we posted a letter sent by signatories from the University of Calgary and University of Alberta law schools to the Law Society of … 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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