NIFTEP Workshop on Teaching Ethics


Fellowship applications are now open for the Fall 2013 workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (USA). Please forward this announcement to others who may be interested.

The Fall 2013 workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (NIFTEP) will take place Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).  The workshop theme is: “Are We Making a Difference? Developing Outcome Measures to Evaluate the Effectiveness of LawSchool Efforts to Teach Ethics and Develop Professionalism.” Fellows must be able to arrive at the Atlanta airport no later than 11:00 AM on Friday, November 15 (or, if driving, at the conference facility by 12:30 pm) and commit to participate to the end of the workshop at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 17. The Fall 2013 workshop is co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. Former NIFTEP Fellows are welcome to apply. Continue reading

L Terry: Trends in Global and Canadian Lawyer Regulation

Thanks to Legal Ethics Forum for the original notice.

Laurel Terry’s paper is forthcoming in the Saskatchewan Law Review and up on SSRN for those that are interested.  Click HERE.


Globalization and technology have changed the practice of law in dramatic ways. This is true not only in the U.S. and Canada, but around the world. Global regulatory trends have begun to emerge as lawyer regulators have had to respond to new developments. In 2012, Australian regulators Steve Mark and Tahlia Gordon and the author, who is a U.S. academic, documented some of these global trends in lawyer regulation. See Laurel S. Terry, Steve Mark, & Tahlia Gordon, Trends and Challenges in Lawyer Regulation: The Impact of Globalization and Technology, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 2661 (2012). Their article concluded that regulators face issues in common regarding “who” is regulated, “what” is regulated, “when” and “where” regulation occurs, “how” it occurs, and “why” it occurs.

The current article examines Canadian lawyer regulation in light of the global trends Terry, Mark, and Gordon previously identified. The current article asks whether there is evidence in Canadian lawyer regulation of these same who-what-when-where-why-and-how issues. The article concludes that these trends are indeed present in Canada and explains why it is important for Canadian lawyers, regulators, clients, and other stakeholders to be aware of these global trends. The article also addresses the issue of whether these trends matter in a jurisdiction such as Saskatchewan that is not a global financial center on the order of New York, London or Toronto. The answer the article provides is “yes” – these trends are relevant to Saskatchewan and to jurisdictions throughout the world that care about lawyer regulation.

Call for Applications: OBA Fellowships in Legal Ethics and Professionalism

The OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowships
in Legal Ethics and Professionalism

Call for Applications for 2013-14

The OBA Foundation, a charity established by the Ontario Bar Association, has assumed funding and administration of The OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowships in Legal Ethics and Professionalism (“Fellowships”), formerly The Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowships in Legal Ethics and Professionalism.  The OBA Foundation is now accepting applications for the two Fellowships for the 2013-14 year. 

The details of the Fellowships, including Fellowship Terms, are available at the OBA Foundation’s Fellowships Web Page.  The deadline for applications is Friday July 19, 2013. Continue reading

The Canadian Judicial Council will review the conduct of the Honourable Michel Déziel

Ottawa, 2 May 2013 –The Canadian Judicial Council has indicated that the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec, having learned of allegations made against the Honourable Michel Déziel during the hearings of the Commission of inquiry into the granting and administration of government contracts in the construction industry, has brought the matter to the attention of the Council. Continue reading

I Gamble: TCC takes another look at solicitor-client privilege and common interest privilege

By Ian Gamble and posted to the Thorsteinssons LLP website

In Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited v. The Queen, 2013 TCC 135, the Tax Court of Canada (TCC) usefully examined various elements of solicitor-client privilege and common interest privilege when it ordered the disclosure of certain documents. The judgment arose following an interim motion brought by the Crown seeking disclosure of certain internal communications relating to a cross-border investment involving the Canadian, Australian, and Italian subsidiaries of a UK parent company. The Crown was partly successful. The following useful principles emerge from the judgment, and should be kept in mind by anyone involved in significant corporate transactions. Where reasonable and appropriate, these principles should be expressly referred to on the face of the applicable communication and document.

For the list of principles, click HERE