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.

Call for Papers: ILEC 2020

The next International Legal Ethics Conference will be held July 23-25, 2020 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  This major legal ethics conference is held every two years.  Recent previous conferences include Melbourne (2018), Fordham (2016) and City University London (2014).

The organizers have now issued a call for proposals (available here), which includes both papers and other kinds of presentation such as panel discussions.  Proposals are due by January 31, 2020.  The theme is “Lawyers in Divided Times”.

It would be great to see a strong Canadian contingent in California next summer.

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.

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 

Legal Ethics Symposium Oct 25 & 26 – Updated info including agenda

CALE – OCTOBER 2013 SYMPOSIUM – DRAFT PROGRAM – JULY 2013

CALE – October 2013 Symposium – Registration and Accommodation Information

Colleagues,

Professor Richard Devlin, the President of CALE, and I are pleased to invite you to the Eighth Canadian Legal Ethics Symposium [now under the banner of the Canadian Association of Legal Ethics] and to the annual meeting of CALE, scheduled to be held at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, on October 25 and 26, 2013.

The Symposium promises to be an exciting and important one, with a full agenda.  The draft Agenda for the Symposium is attached, as well as Registration and Accommodation Information. As you will observe, the Agenda will address 1) Legal Ethics Teaching, 2) Legal Ethics Research and Scholarship, and 3) Issues in Regulation.  We are also planning a Professional Development workshop on Conflicts of Interest, to which members of the legal profession will be invited.

There is no registration fee to attend the Symposium and Annual Meeting of CALE, but attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations requirements.  Symposium meals will be provided by the host committee at no cost to attendees.

We very much look forward to your joining us at the Symposium.

Warm regards,

Brent Cotter                                                                       Richard Devlin

Chair of CALE and                                                             President of CALE

Chair, Planning Committee

CALE 7th Annual Legal Ethics Teaching and Research Symposium – October, 2013

                  CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ETHICS

                  SEVENTH ANNUAL LEGAL ETHICS TEACHING AND RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

                                                      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

October 25-26, 2013

SAVE THE DATES!

Colleagues:

The College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan will host the Seventh Annual Legal Ethics Teaching and Research Symposium on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26.  The tentative schedule for the Symposium follows.  [Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at the College of Law on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan.] Continue reading

22nd Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics

On Friday 15th March, the Schulich School of Law hosted  the Twenty-Second annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in
Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics.

This year, they ran a panel discussion entitled “Contextualizing Legal Ethics” in which members of the faculty discussed, in 12-minute pitches, legal ethics in their fields of substantive interest.

The presenters were:

Philip Girard: the historical context

Sarah Bradley: Corporate Law

Brent Cotter: Government Lawyer

Meinhard Doelle: Environmental Law

Geoff Loomer: Tax Law

Rollie Thompson: Family Law

The rapporteur for the session was the indefatigable Stephen Pitel!

To watch the Wickwire panel discussion on YouTube, click HERE.