The annual CBA-FLSC Ethics Forum will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 in Toronto. The Forum brings together legal academics and professionals for a day of discussion, debate and review. This year it features a keynote address by Justice Alice Woolley, former professor of law at the University of Calgary and President of CALE.
The detailed program of events for the day is available here.
Information about registering is available here. You can register online. We hope to see you there!
Further to its initial feedback to the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) regarding its review of the Ethical Principles for Judges (EPJs) (see here and here for previous correspondence), CALE/ACEJ has written to the CJC to provide feedback on the draft EPJs released on November 22, 2019. Our letter, sent today, can be found here.
Noel Semple has posted a remarkably detailed summary of CALE’s annual conference, held October 24-26, 2019 at the University of Windsor. The post is on slaw.ca and is available here. It provides the important highlights of 21 separate presentations. Thanks Noel!
CALE/ACEJ President Amy Salyzyn has a new post on slaw.ca (available here) about recent changes to the FLSC Model Code dealing with the obligation to be competent in the use of technology.
The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has posted a draft of the revised Ethical Principles for Judges. Information about the process of revising this important document is available here and the draft itself is available here. The changes are sufficiently substantial that a blackline or mark-up drawing attention to the specific changes is not available.
CALE/ACEJ, through its Board of Directors, will provide feedback on the draft to the CJC by its new deadline (updated December 3, 2019) of February 14, 2020. It will post this feedback on this website.
The revision of Ethical Principles for Judges is a generational event. It is therefore important for the process to be as inclusive and responsive as possible to ensure continued public confidence in the Canadian judiciary. CALE/ACEJ encourages anyone interested in judicial ethics and conduct to review the draft and to provide feedback to the CJC, either at firstname.lastname@example.org or Canadian Judicial Council, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0W8. If you provide feedback, you are most welcome to also share it with CALE/ACEJ.
CALE member and Law Society of Ontario Treasurer Malcolm Mercer has a new column up at Slaw.ca that explores the self-regulation of the Canadian legal profession.
At its annual conference in Windsor on October 26, 2019, CALE/ACEJ President Amy Salyzyn presented two important awards. Continue reading
CALE/ACEJ held its annual conference at the University of Windsor on October 24-26, 2019. Conference coordinator Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic and her team did a wonderful job hosting the conference in the university’s modern facilities in downtown Windsor.
The conference (detailed schedule here) featured three research panels and one on each of teaching and professional regulation. It also featured a keynote address by Professor Rebecca Roiphe of New York Law School on prosecutorial independence in the United States, examining the degree to which it has been eroded during the Trump administration.
The research panels covered a wide range of topics. Several presentations addressed access to justice and proposed possible initiatives. There was a focus on legal ethics and government lawyers, including discussion of the Edgar Schmidt and SNC-Lavalin cases. Other topics included the regulation of lawyer advertising, comparative approaches to judicial discipline, concerns about independence for in-house counsel, and the tension between what is legal and what is moral in regulating legal ethics. Over half of the presentations were by graduate students or new members of the legal academy, which is a testament to the emergence of new scholarly voices in the field.
The teaching panel discussed several interesting topics including how simulated clients (people trained to play the role) can be used in teaching ethics and the merits of requiring students to create their own podcast about an ethical issue. The panel of legal regulators discussed efforts in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Ontario to develop detailed data about sexual harassment within the profession and steps that can be taken to address the problem.
In conjunction with the conference, CALE/ACEJ held its annual meeting of members and announced the winners of its annual awards. For details see the blog posts on those specific topics.
On October 26, 2019, CALE/ACEJ held its annual meeting of members as part of its conference at the University of Windsor. In her report to the members, President Amy Salyzyn highlighted the association’s formal name change to a bilingual name, the revived process for the two annual awards, and CALE/ACEJ’s role thus far in the Canadian Judicial Council’s efforts to create a new version of Ethical Principles for Judges.
Treasurer Jula Hughes reported that the financial position was unchanged from the prior year and that CALE/ACEJ is current with all corporate and tax filings.
Elected as directors of CALE/ACEJ for 2019-20 were Basil Alexander, Brent Cotter, Richard Devlin, Jula Hughes, Andrew Flavelle Martin, Pooja Parmar, Stephen Pitel, Marie-Claude Rigaud, Alain Roussy, Amy Salyzyn and Noel Semple. At a subsequent meeting of those directors, the following officers were appointed: Chair of the Board Richard Devlin, President Amy Salyzyn, Vice-President Stephen Pitel, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer Basil Alexander, Chief Information Officer Amy Salyzyn and Conference Coordinator Frances Chapman. Members thanked departing director Elaine Craig for her service.
Lakehead University has agreed to host the 2020 CALE/ACEJ conference. The plan for 2021 is to hold the conference in western Canada.
The members warmly thanked the University of Windsor and conference coordinator Jasminka Kalajdzic for hosting this year’s conference.
CALE Board member Noel Semple has written a column published on Slaw.ca which discusses a case involving judicial review of a lawyer’s fee.