Category Archives: Ethics and the Legal Profession

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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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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