Recap: 2019 Conference

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.

Annual Meeting 2019

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.

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.