Upcoming Public Lecture by Canada’s Former Governor General

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019 the Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada, will deliver a public lecture on the lawyer’s commitment to professionalism and the rule of law, entitled “Seeking the Good”.  The lecture, which is the tenth annual Coxford Lecture, is at 12:30pm in room 38 of the Faculty of Law at Western University in London, Ontario.

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.

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

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

NIFTEP Workshop on Teaching Ethics


Fellowship applications are now open for the Fall 2013 workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (USA). Please forward this announcement to others who may be interested.

The Fall 2013 workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (NIFTEP) will take place Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).  The workshop theme is: “Are We Making a Difference? Developing Outcome Measures to Evaluate the Effectiveness of LawSchool Efforts to Teach Ethics and Develop Professionalism.” Fellows must be able to arrive at the Atlanta airport no later than 11:00 AM on Friday, November 15 (or, if driving, at the conference facility by 12:30 pm) and commit to participate to the end of the workshop at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 17. The Fall 2013 workshop is co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. Former NIFTEP Fellows are welcome to apply. Continue reading

S Pitel discusses “Solicitor-Client Privilege for Ethics Counsel: Lessons for Canada from the United States”

On Friday 15th March, the Schulich School of Law hosted a CALE sponsored Faculty Seminar delivered by Stephen Pitel on his forthcoming paper “Solicitor-Client Privilege for Ethics Counsel: Lessons for Canada from the United States”.

To watch the Faculty Seminar on YouTube, click HERE.

Support for the seminar was provided by Goodmans LLP, the Schulich School of Law and CALE.

Event: Does Zealous Advocacy have a Future in Canada?

When: Thursday December 6, 2012 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST Add to Calendar

Where: Heenan Blaikie Bay Adelaide Centre 333 Bay Street, Suite 2900 Skyfold Boardrooms Toronto, ON M5H 2T4

To register, go to the website by clicking HERE

What are the appropriate limits to “vigorous”  advocacy?  When and how does it  constitute professional misconduct in the form of “incivility”? What  is the role of the Law Society when the presiding judge has not objected to  counsel’s conduct? In June, the Law Society of Upper Canada ruled  in its high profile discipline hearing that Joe Groia crossed the  “civility” line during his successful defence of John  Felderhof. Groia’s case, now on appeal, has sparked wide and heated  discussion. On Thursday, December 6, a panel of leading  Canadian jurists will debate the impact of this and other developments on  lawyers and their clients across the country.  Come and join the  discussion, either in person or by live-stream, in what promises to be a  spirited and informative evening.  Wine and cheese will follow at the live  event. Continue reading

The Lawyer’s Responsibilty to Clients and Access to Justice

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

“The Lawyer’s Responsibilty to Clients and Access to Justice” 

This “great debate” features two accomplished advocates staking out their position on the “cab rank” rule, under which a lawyer is obliged to take on the next client “in line at the queue,” irrespective of the lawyer’s view of the morality of the client or the client’s conduct. Faculty of Law event – Nov. 3, 2009

Chair: Robert Armstrong with Edward Greenspan Q.C. and Alan Hutchinson

To watch the video of the debate, click  HERE