Category Archives: Ethics and the Legal Profession

Defending Rapists

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Defending Rapists Lawyers who defend people accused of sexual assault tend to be subject to one of two narratives in popular conversations, particularly on social media: The critical narrative: Sexual assault is a violent and under … Continue reading

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Empathy in the Law: Does the Robin Camp Inquiry Committee Recommendation Encourage a “Postempathy era”?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Empathy in the Law: Does the Robin Camp Inquiry Committee Recommendation Encourage a “Postempathy era”? Matter Commented On: Canadian Judicial Council Inquiry Committee Report Regarding Justice Robin Camp What role should empathy have in a system … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Inconsistency (and Consistency) in Supreme Court Jurisprudence

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Dangers of Inconsistency (and Consistency) in Supreme Court Jurisprudence Case Commented On: Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. University of Calgary, 2016 SCC 53 (CanLII) I can’t decide whether I am more excited that the … Continue reading

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The Problem of Judicial Arrogance

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Problem of Judicial Arrogance In her remarkable new book Life Sentence (Doubleday Canada, 2016), Christie Blatchford describes the Canadian judiciary as “unelected, unaccountable, entitled, expensive to maintain and remarkably smug” (at pp. 33-34). She argues … Continue reading

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A National Code of Conduct?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: A National Code of Conduct? Document Commented On: The Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Model Code of Professional Conduct I like the Federation of Law Societies’ Model Code of Conduct. It’s not perfect.   But … Continue reading

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