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About Alice Woolley

Alice Woolley is Professor of Law at the University of Calgary and also serves as Ethics Advisor to City of Calgary Council. She is the author of Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Canada 2d Ed (LexisNexis Canada, 2016) and co-author and co-editor of Lawyers' Ethics and Professional Regulation, 3rd ed. ( LexisNexis Canada, 2017). 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, independence of the bar, the lawyer’s duties as fiduciary and as an advisor, criminal lawyer ethics 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.

Posts by Alice Woolley

Professional Cultures and Professional Ethics

Does Civility Matter?

Regulating Lawyer-Client Sex

Law Schools’ Dirty Little Secret

The Morality of #Metoo

Is a Bad Lawyer a Bad Person?

Against Tradition

Judgmental Judges

Criticizing Judges in a Trump Era

Defending Rapists

The Problem of Judicial Arrogance

Access to Justice in Criminal Law

A National Code of Conduct?

What Should a Code of Conduct Do (Or Not Do)?

Ethical Resolutions

Of Lions and Lawyers

Prosecutors as Ministers of Justice?

What Makes a Law School Great?

Trinity Western… Again