Regulating Law Firms in Canada

In Canada, the regulatory focus of law societies has always focused on the people who provide legal services rather than on the vehicles through which legal services may be provided. … Continue Reading →

An Education and Apprenticeship in Civility: Correspondent’s Report from Canada

Legal Ethics, Vol. 14, No. 2, p. 239, 2011 This Correspondent’s Report from Canada examines two current issues: civility and apprenticeship (known as articling in Canada).

Conflicted Identities: The Battle Over the Duty of Loyalty in Canada

Legal Ethics, Forthcoming Conflict of interest has been a leading issue in the Canadian legal profession over the last three decades, and it shows no sign of abating. No other … Continue Reading →

Courting Constitutional Danger: Constitutional Conventions and the Legacy of the Patriation Reference

Supreme Court Law Review, Vol. 54, pp. 117-142, 2011 The legacy of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions in the Patriation Reference (1981) and the Quebec Veto Reference (1982) is … Continue Reading →

Introduction: The McLachlin Court’s First Decade – A Dynamic Time for Public Law

PUBLIC LAW AT THE MCLACHLIN COURT: THE FIRST DECADE, David A. Wright and Adam M. Dodek, eds., Irwin Law, 2011 This is the Table of Contents and Introduction for the … Continue Reading →

Courthouse Cancellations and Challenges to Self-Regulation: Correspondent’s Report from Canada

Legal Ethics, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 125-28, Summer 2011 This is the Canadian Correspondent’s Report to the journal Legal Ethics in the Ethics in Practice section. It addresses the … Continue Reading →

Solicitor-Client Privilege in Canada: Challenges for the 21st Century

This is a Discussion Paper prepared for the Canadian Bar Association. The context for this Discussion Paper is the need to take stock of the state of Solicitor-Client Privilege in … Continue Reading →

Lawyering at the Intersection of Public Law and Legal Ethics: Government Lawyers as Custodians of the Rule of Law

Dalhousie Law Journal, Vol. 33 No. 1, 2010 Government lawyers are significant actors in the Canadian legal profession, yet they are largely ignored by regulators and by academic scholarship. The … Continue Reading →

Sex on the Internet and Fitness for Judicial Office: Correspondent’s Report from Canada

Legal Ethics, Vol. 13, No. 2, p. 215, 2010 This report reviews allegations of judicial impropriety against Judge Lori Douglas of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench that were revealed … Continue Reading →

Judicial Independence in Context

JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IN CONTEXT, A. Dodek & L. Sossin, eds., Irwin Law, 2010 This is the Table of Contents and Introduction from the book Judicial Independence in Context, published by … Continue Reading →