OBA Fellowships for Ethics and Professionalism 2019-20

The Ontario Bar Association is calling for applications for two Fellowships for 2019-20: The OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Research and the OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Legal Ethics and Professionalism Studies.  Details about the two Fellowships and the application process are available here.  The deadline to apply is July 2, 2019.

These Fellowships were started in 2011 by the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism.  In 2013 they were assumed and continued by the OBA. 

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.

Wickwire Lecture at Schulich School of Law

On January 31, 2019, David Layton QC will deliver the F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture on the topic of “Criminal Lawyers, Hired Guns & Junkyard Dogs”, looking at the ethics of being a criminal defence lawyer. 

The lecture is at 4:30pm in room 105 of the Weldon Law Building at Dalhousie Unversity, Halifax.  It is open to the public.

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.

CBA-FLSC Ethics Forum 2019

The Forum will be held from 9am to 4:30pm on March 1, 2019 at Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto.  The Forum is an annual discussion between lawyers, academics and regulators who are interested in legal ethics and professional services regulation.  Registration information is available here.

This year the Forum will focus on four topics: modernizing legal regulation, current issues in judicial ethics, entrepreneurial ideas for improving access to justice, and obligations to unrepresented and self-represented parties.

Speakers include Chief Justice Robert Bauman, Dean Adam Dodek, Lisa Eisen, Irwin Fefergrad, Gillian Hadfield, Jacqueline Horvat, Lena Koke, Taryn McCormick, Jacqueline Mullenger, Andrew Pilliar, Darrel Pink, Stephen Pitel, Amy Salyzyn, Darcia Senft, Associate Chief Justice Deborah Smith, Justice Lorne Sossin and David Swayze.  The Forum is co-chaired by LSO Treasurer Malcolm Mercer and CALE Vice-President Amy Salyzyn.

Lecture at Queen’s Faculty of Law: Legal Ethics and Professionalism

The Faculty of Law at Queen’s University has established an Annual Lecture series in Legal Ethics and Professionalism.  The program enjoys the generous sponsorship of McCarthy Tétrault LLP.  This year’s Annual Lecture is the 1st of a series that will highlight the importance of legal ethics and professionalism in law and amongst all legal professionals.

Our inaugural speaker, for the  2015 Annual Lecture, is former Ontario Court of Appeal Justice, the Honourable Stephen Goudge, Q.C..  On Monday January 26th, at 1 pm, Justice Goudge will speak at Queen’s Law about the intersection between legal ethics and professionalism and the respective roles of the judiciary, lawyers and others, including Law Societies.  The event has been accredited for 1.5 hours of professionalism CPD by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Workshop: Ethics and Civility in the Practice of Law

A 1/2 day program on Ethics and Civility in the Practice of Law for the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. The program will be held in Edmonton at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 26, 2014 from 8:30am -12:30pm.

From the flyer:

A half-day, hands-on, practical seminar addressing some of the more intractable ethical issues lawyers, judges, and tribunal members must deal with in practice: Do the courts, and law societies have a role in regulating civility and, if so, how do their roles differ? What role is there for professional bar associations? What unique ethical and civility issues arise in the context of administrative proceedings? What special ethical and civility issues apply to and arise for in-house and government lawyers?

Agenda and additional information

CBA Ethics Forum June 2, 2014

First Annual Ethics Forum 
The First Annual CBA Ethics Forum will provide an opportunity for learning and dialogue among academics, law firm ethics counsel, regulators and regulatory defence counsel.

Topics will include: 

  • The End of Articling?
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Law
  • Do Law Firms Still Work?
  • What About Alternative Business Structures?

For the full program, visit the CBA website 

OBA Foundation Announces 2013-14 OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario’s Fellows

August 22, 2013

The 2013-14 OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowships in Legal Ethics and Professionalism have been awarded to Professor Alice Woolley of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law (Fellowship in Research) and Amy Salyzyn, a graduate student at Yale University Law School (Fellowship in Studies).

Professor Woolley’s research project will consider the significance of the lawyer’s status as a fiduciary in defining the lawyer’s duties, in particular duties of loyalty and confidentiality.

Amy Salzyn’s project will study the ethical implications of lawyers’ pre-litigation demand letters.

The OBA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ontario Bar Association, administers and funds the fellowships.  The Fellowship in Research is a grant of $15,000, awarded annually to full-time teachers at a Canadian university or college.  The Fellowship in Studies, a grant of $5,000 is awarded to lawyers and students who are OBA members.

Media inquiries contact:

Greg Crone, Media Relations/Communications Manager (416) 869-1047 ext. 364 media@oba.org

Background

The 2013 Selection Committee for the Fellowships consisted of two members of the practicing bar, Susannah Roth (Sullivan Estate Lawyers) and Jacqueline King (Shibley Righton LLP); and two members of the legal academy, Douglas Ferguson (University of Western Ontario) and Adam Dodek (University of Ottawa).  The Fellowship is administered by OBA Foundation Trustee Lee Akazaki (Gilbertson Davis Emerson LLP).

The OBA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Ontario Bar Association.  It raises funds for the advancement of education and the encouragement of research related to the efficacy, understanding and application of the law and legal processes, as well as the improvement of the justice system.  Established in 1987, it was previously known as the Advancement of Legal Education and Research Trust (ALERT).

The OBA Foundation is a registered charity and may issue charitable receipts.