Category Archives: Ethics and the Legal Profession

An Ethical Jury? Reflections on the Acquittal of Gerald Stanley for the Murder/Manslaughter of Colten Boushie

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: An Ethical Jury? Reflections on the Acquittal of Gerald Stanley for the Murder/Manslaughter of Colten Boushie We understand the ethical duties of lawyers and judges in a criminal trial – what they ought to do, what … Continue reading

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The Morality of #metoo

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: The Morality of #metoo The forced resignation of Patrick Brown as leader of the Ontario Conservatives raises concerns of fairness and due process – for him and for the women accusing him. Christie Blatchford has castigated … Continue reading

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Is a Bad Lawyer a Bad Person?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Is a Bad Lawyer a Bad Person? In 1976 Charles Fried famously asked, “Can a good lawyer be a good person?” (“The Lawyer as Friend: The Moral Foundations of the Lawyer-Client Relation” (1976) 85 Yale LJ … Continue reading

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Ontario’s Law Society: Orwell’s Big Brother or Fuller’s Rex?

By: Alice Woolley PDF Version: Ontario’s Law Society: Orwell’s Big Brother or Fuller’s Rex? On September 13, 2017 Ontario’s Law Society with no name sent a now infamous e-mail to its licensees stating: You will need to create and abide by … Continue reading

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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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