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 – Registration and Accommodation Information


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



                                                      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

October 25-26, 2013



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.

Conference Season in Canada

Thanks to Noah Semple and Jasminka Kalajdzic for alerting the CALE listserv to the following conferences:

  1. March 19 (next Tuesday):  Panel on Access to Justice and Early Childhood Education (Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Costs of Justice Project).  Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto. Link:
  2. April 25-27: CBA Envisioning Equal Justice Summit. Vancouver. Links: Website.  Program.
  3. May 30 – June 2: Law and Society Assoc. Annual Meeting. Boston. Links: WebsiteProgram.
  4. June 4-5:  Canadian Association of Law Teachers Conference.  University of Victoria. Links: Preliminary Program
  5. July 1-4: Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. University of British Columbia. Link: Website.
  6. July 2-3 Windsor Law is hosting a conference on Commercial Litigation Funding: Comparative, Ethical and Regulatory Perspectives. There are panels on access to justice, ethics and other themes. For further info:
  7. Aug 5-7: International Conference of Legal Regulators Meeting. San Francisco.  Link: website.  I am told that this conference is open to researchers. If you contact them via their form they will put you on the mailing list.

First Annual General Meeting of CALE

Please take notice that the first AGM of CALE will take place on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 745am in the Vistas Dining Room at the Banff Centre.

Please see the attached agenda and below.  All members in good standing are entitled to vote at this meeting.  All members of the CALE listserv are considered members in good standing of CALE (if you would like to join the listserv, contact Adam Dodek at adam.dodek – at –

Please find attached CALE By-Law No 1.  The incorporating directors of CALE are Brent Cotter (Chair), Richard Devlin, Adam Dodek, Jasminka Kalajdzic and Alice Woolley.

Adam Dodek

Corporate Secretary and Treasurer Continue reading