New Slaw Columnists

We’re proud to announce that four new lawyers have joined the roster of columnists, who write for Slaw in particular areas.

neveAlex Neve is joining the group that writes on justice issues. He has served as Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada since 2000. In that role he has carried out numerous human rights research missions throughout Africa and Latin America as well as within Canada. He speaks to audiences across the country about a wide range of human rights issues, appears regularly before parliamentary committees and is a frequent commentator in the media. Alex is a lawyer, with a Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. He has served as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board, taught at Osgoode Hall Law School, been affiliated with York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies, and worked as a refugee lawyer in private practice and in a community legal aid clinic. He is on the Board of Directors of Partnership Africa Canada, the Canadian Centre for International Justice and the Centre for Law and Democracy. Alex has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Trudeau Foundation Mentor and has received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick. Simply put: Alex Neve believes in a world in which the human rights of all people are protected.

Starting this month, there will be a new group of four columnists writing about legal ethics.

mercerMalcolm Mercer, with nearly thirty years in practice, is general counsel and a litigation partner at McCarthy Tétrault. He is also a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Chair of the CBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, and a Member of the CBA Conflicts Task Force. He is also a member of the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

salyzynAmy Salyzyn is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Prior to starting her graduate work, Amy received her J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School, served as a judicial law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and practiced at a Toronto litigation boutique. Amy’s doctoral dissertation involves a comparative study of the regulation of the legal profession in England, the United States, Canada, and Australia. Her research interests include legal ethics, gender and the law, law and technology and civil justice reform.

woolleyAlice Woolley joined the University of Calgary Faculty of Law in 2004. She is the author of Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Canada (LexisNexis Canada, 2011) and co-author and co-editor of Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation, 2nd ed. ( LexisNexis Canada, 2012). Professor Woolley’s academic articles have discussed lawyer billing, the good character requirement for law society admission, the regulation of extra-professional misconduct, legal ethics teaching, access to justice, the regulation of civility, lawyer self-regulation and the theoretical foundations of the lawyer’s role. Her research focuses in general on the intersection between professional regulation, moral philosophy and moral psychology. Prior to becoming an academic Professor Woolley practiced law in Calgary, specializing in energy regulation, judicial review and civil litigation. In 1995-1996 she was a law clerk to the then Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer. In 1994 she received both the Gold Medal and the Dean’s Key from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

dodekThe fourth member of the ethics group is no stranger to Slaw. Adam Dodek has been an occasional blogger with us for some time. Now he’s moving into the more formal role of columnist. As you’ll know, Adam is an associate professor in the common law section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. He teaches and writes about public law, legal ethics, the legal profession and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics (CALE). He is writing a book about solicitor-client privilege. Adam posts frequently on Twitter@ADodek.

In addition to our two dozen regular bloggers, Slaw has just over 60 columnists each of whom writes a number of times a year in a particular area: Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Justice Issues, Legal Information, Legal Marketing, Legal Publishing, Legal Technology, Practice of Law, and now, of course, Legal Ethics.


  1. That’s an impressive lineup of new talent. Congratulations, Simon, for persuading them to join (at your usual reasonable rates, I presume), and welcome to the five newbies (some newer than others to Slaw). The rest of us columnists are going to have to sharpen our game to keep up!

  2. Sweet announcement!
    I will no longer have to read “we’re sorry” when I click on ethics and legal ethics in the slaw columns.
    I can’t wait to read what this distinguished group of columnists have to say about the standards of perfect legal duty (“ethics”) that is often imperfectly executed in many areas of law.

  3. Excellent news! I look forward to reading the insights of this wise group of thinkers. Welcome all, and well done, Simon.

    – Kim