Nominations Open for CALE Awards: Paper and Lifetime Achievement

CALE has two annual awards.  The first is for the best paper written by a junior scholar.  The second is a lifetime achievement award.  The terms for each award are available on the website (here).

The deadline for nominations this year is August 15, 2019.  Nominations are to be submitted by e-mail to CALE’s Corporate Secretary and Treasurer, Professor Jula Hughes of the University of New Brunswick.  The paper must be submitted in an anonymized format (so that the author will not be identified to the selection committee) and the lifetime achievement award must use the nomination form.  This form was circulated to the CALE mailing list and is also available on request from Professor Hughes.

The selection committee for both awards is Pooja Parmar, Darrel Pink and Stephen Pitel.

Update on CALE Awards

In 2017 CALE created two awards: a Best Paper Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Nominations will be sought for these awards each year, commencing in the spring, and the awards will normally be announced at the annual meeting of members in the fall.  In 2018 the selection committee determined that neither award would be made that year.

For 2019 the selection committee is Pooja Parmer, Darrel Pink and Stephen Pitel.  CALE expects to call for nominations in early May 2019.

New Director and Officers

Professor Amy Salyzyn of the University of Ottawa is the new President of CALE.  She succeeds Justice Alice Woolley who resigned as President last fall when she was appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.

At a meeting of CALE’s board of directors held by phone on January 28, 2019, changes were made to CALE’s directors and officers.  These tend to only happen at the annual meeting of members, but the appointment of Justice Woolley necessitated some mid-year changes.

Justice Alice Woolley having resigned as a director, the board of directors appointed Professor Stephen Pitel (Western) as a director.

Justice Alice Woolley having resigned as President, the board of directors appointed Professor Amy Salyzyn (Ottawa) as President.  This created a vacancy in the position of Vice-President, which the board of directors filled by appointing Professor Stephen Pitel (Western).

The directors also appointed Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic (Windsor) as the Conference Coordinator. 

Dates and Venue for 2019 CALE Annual Conference

The 2019 CALE annual conference will be hosted by the University of Windsor.  It will follow its traditional schedule, starting on the evening of Thursday, October 24 and ending mid-day on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic is the Conference Co-ordinator.  The CALE annual meeting of members will be held at the conference.  Calls for papers will go out in the spring.

CALE 2018 Annual Meeting of Members

On October 27, 2018 CALE held its annual meeting of members at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, in conjunction with its annual conference.  The meeting elected CALE’s directors and appointed its officers for 2018-19, including appointing Professor Alice Woolley for another term as President.  The current directors and officers are indicated on CALE’s website.

Approved minutes for the 2017 annual meeting of members (and for prior years) are available on CALE’s website. 

Report on the 2018 CALE Annual Conference

On October 25-27, 2018 the Annual CALE Conference was hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.  It was also supported by the Law Society of Ontario, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, LawPRO and McCarthy Tetrault. 

The conference featured two sessions on research in progress, two sessions on developments in the teaching of legal ethics, a session on the issues technology raises for regulation of the provision of legal services and a session on judicial ethics.

Congratulations are due to conference coordinator Professor Trevor Farrow and his team at Osgoode.  In addition to its stimulating sessions, the conference featured some great social events including dinner at the Law Society of Ontario hosted by Treasurer Malcolm Mercer.  The conference was also an opportunity for many attendees to take their first subway trip from downtown Toronto to York University.

Two Legal Ethics Professors Appointed as Judges

CALE warmly congratulates Professor Alice Woolley and Professor Lorne Sossin on their recent appointments as judges.  Justice Woolley serves on the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Justice Sossin serves on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.  Justice Sossin recently was the Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and Justice Woolley was, at the time of her appointment, the President of CALE.  She had also served as ethics advisor to the City of Calgary.  See the Canadian Lawyer coverage of both appointments here and here.

R N M Graham: Legal Ethics: Theories, Cases, and Professional Regulation (3rd Edition)

Randal N. M. Graham’s casebook: Legal Ethics: Theories, Caes, and Professional Regulation (Emond Montgomery Publications, 2014) available soon.

Order through Emond Montgomery Publications

From the website:

Legal Ethics: Theories, Cases, and Professional Regulation, 3rd Edition is the only Canadian legal ethics text to focus specifically upon the approach applied by regulators in practice, presenting lawyers’ ethical obligations in direct relation to the concepts that are of greatest concern to regulators. This casebook delivers a structured and rational assessment of ethical decision-making by tying it to predictable and measurable costs and benefits, and examining the impact of decision outcomes on the social functions of the legal system.

The third edition of Legal Ethics: Theories, Cases, and Professional Regulation has been adapted to reference the Federation of Law Societies’ Model Code of Professional Conduct as its primary source of ethical rules, so that it may apply to all Canadian jurisdictions. It features an expanded section on the Good Character requirement that applies to students on their admission to the bar, as well as a new section on Civility, and recent developments in the expanding Duty of Loyalty. The regulatory approach presented by the author demystifies nebulous notions of “ethics” and “morality” by examining the efficient functioning of the legal system, the effect of rules on self-interested actors, the goals of deterrence and compensation, and the implications of a self-governing profession.

Throughout this edition of Legal Ethics: Theories, Cases, and Professional Regulation, surprising theoretical situations are introduced to illuminate the intricacies of legal ethics and demonstrate how they are applied in practice. Extensive sample questions, illustrative scenarios, and hypothetical case studies will provoke lively classroom discussion and thoughtful analysis of the ethical principles being considered. This casebook delivers a thorough and methodical account of legal ethics that will equip students with the insight and analytical capacity to apply their knowledge in a wide variety of practical and professional contexts.

T Farrow, Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy

By Trevor C.W. Farrow
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2014
World Rights
400 Pages

30% discount when you buy the book online; link to publishers website HERE.

Privatization is occurring throughout the public justice system, including courts, tribunals, and state-sanctioned private dispute resolution regimes. Driven by a widespread ethos of efficiency-based civil justice reform, privatization claims to decrease costs, increase speed, and improve access to the tools of justice. But it may also lead to procedural unfairness, power imbalances, and the breakdown of our systems of democratic governance. Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy demonstrates the urgent need to publicize, politicize, debate, and ultimately temper these moves towards privatized justice.

Written by Trevor C.W. Farrow, a former litigation lawyer and current Chair of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy does more than just bear witness to the privatization initiatives that define how we think about and resolve almost all non-criminal disputes. It articulates the costs and benefits of these privatizing initiatives, particularly their potential negative impacts on the way we regulate ourselves in modern democracies, and it makes recommendations for future civil justice practice and reform.

A Dodek: CALE Listserv Year End Report for 2013

As the creator and the host of the Canadian Legal Ethics listserv, it is my pleasure to provide this year end report to the now more than 100 of you who are members of this listserv.  How did this happen?

The listserv was founded at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in October 2010 after the 5th meeting of the group variously known as the Canadian Legal Ethics teachers network and other names.  Since we don’t have much in the way of competition, there is much risk in our using many names. Let me thank my Law School, the University of Ottawa, for hosting the listserv.

At that meeting in October, we also decided to formally create an organization – the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics (CALE) who had its founding corporate meeting at ILEC 5 in Banff in July 2012.  The CALE website can be found at and is run by Chantal Morton an expatriate Canadian legal ethics teacher now teaching in Melbourne.  If you would like to post information on the CALE website please e-mail Chantal at  .  Chantal often posts articles that people post on this listserv to our public CALE website.

In 2013, the listserv grew from 75 members to over 100.  If we were a company, that would be double-digit growth and we might be rich!  But, alas, we are ethicists!   This listserv is not public.  However, with more than 100 people it is hard to consider things confidential and I would caution people appropriately.  The list is predominantly made up of full-time law teachers in Canada with some part-time law teachers/ full-time lawyers as well.  There are also regulators, several judges and some other lawyers who actively contribute to conversations.   When I mention listserv members in a post I try to identify them as as such so people know.

We had a great conference in Saskatoon in October – thank you Brent Cotter.  And we have much to look forward to in 2014: ILEC VI in London June 10-12, 2014  and the CALE Conference at Western October 23-25, 2014.

Let me invite all of you to share news of your publications and of those of others.  Let me send a special invitation to our graduate / post-graduate students to send me your work and your news to share with others.

As our listserv has grown over the year, I have no longer been able to welcome and introduce each new member of the listserv.  I am proud to say that we now have representatives from every Common Law law school in the country on the listserv.  Let me give a special welcome to Mariette Brennan and Frances Chapman from Lakehead – Canada`s newest Law School which opened its doors this past September.


For those who tweet, you can follow some of us on twitter: @franceschapman, @noelsemple @woolleylaw, @CLPatUofT, @sfodden @pavLAWich @LeeAkazaki @AmySalyzyn, @DeanSossin, @mmercertoronto, @micahrankin, @julahughes, @dwwiseman, @ADodek.  If you are on Twitter, let me know and I will circulate – Chantal will add links to our CALE website for all.

Finally, just a reminder – you can post directly to the listserv by e-mailing or replying ALL to an old message (change the subject line).  Or send to me and I’ll post.  I love to share news about you with others.   We changed the settings on the listserv this year so if you reply to a message it is sent only to the person who sent it and not to the whole list.


I believe that it is ethical and appropriate to wish those celebrating Christmas a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holidays to everyone and all the best to everyone for a Happy and Ethical 2014.  May the Canadian Legal Ethics community continue to grow.

Adam Dodek

Moderator, Canadian Legal Ethics Listserv
Secretary and Treasurer, Canadian Association for Legal Ethics (CALE)
Vice-Dean Research & Associate Professor
Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
University of Ottawa