CALE/ACEJ 2023 conference


The Canadian Association for Legal Ethics / Association canadienne pour l’ethique juridique (CALE/ACEJ) annual conference will be hosted in-person at the University of Victoria on October 20th and 21st, 2023.

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Registration Deadline: October 2, 2023

Questions? Contact Laura Hamilton.


Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held in the Upper Lounge of the Student Union Building


Thursday, 19 October

6:00 pm             Optional Dinner 

Friday, 20 October

8:15 – 9:00      Registration


9:00 – 10:00     Opening Remarks, Welcome and Territorial Acknowledgement

10:00 – 11:30  Research Panel 1

Chair: Patricia Cochran (University of Victoria)


  • Amy Salyzyn (University of Ottawa), Ian Stedman (Osgoode Hall Law School), Shadi Nasseri (Osgoode Hall Law School)
    Neurotech and the Practice of Law: Legal Ethics Intersections

  • Emma Cunliffe (Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC)
    The Ethical Dimensions of Legal Storytelling

  • Deanne Sowter (Osgoode Hall Law School)
    Intimate Partner Violence and Ethical Lawyering: Not Just Special Rules for Family Law

  • Allan Hutchinson (Osgoode Hall Law School)
    Training for Hierarchy: Legal Ethics as Ideology

11:30 – 11:45  Break

11:45 – 12:15  CALE Awards

Stephen Pitel, President CALE/ ACEJ

12:15 – 1:15     Lunch

1:15 – 2:45       Regulation Panel 1: Legal Services Regulation- Ideas for Change in BC      

Chair: Robert G.W. Lapper (University of Victoria)


  • Paul Craven (Assistant Deputy Minister, AGJS)
  • Katie Armitage (AGJS - Policy and Legislation Division)
  • Kerry Simmons KC (Executive Director, CBA BC Branch)
  • Michael Lucas (General Counsel – Law Society of BC) 
  • John Mayr (Executive Director, Society of Notaries Public of BC )

2:45 – 3:00       Break

3:00 – 4:15       Teaching Panel 1

Chair: Alan Treleaven (University of Victoria)


  • Andrew Flavelle Martin (Schulich School of Law)
    Beyond Knowledge: Teaching and Evaluating Civility and Professionalism as a Skill

  • Leslie Walden (University of Ottawa)
    An Ethics and Professionalism Guide for Government Lawyering

  • Basil Alexander (University of New Brunswick)
    Influencing Factors for the Teaching and Evaluation of Legal Ethics: Reflections and a Discussion Starter

4:15 – 4:30       Break

4:30 – 5:45       Research Panel 2

Chair: Deanne Sowter (Osgoode Hall Law School)


  • Andrew Flavelle Martin (Schulich School of Law)
    Legal Ethics for Government Lawyers: Asking Uncomfortable Questions 

  • Chris Sprysak (U Alberta Faculty of Law)
    Should Canada Enhance How It Regulates the Provision of Tax Services?

  • Ksenia Polonskaya (Carleton University)
    Frivolous Arbitral Challenges in International Investment Arbitration: The Limits of the Rules on Professional Responsibility.

 6:30               Dinner at the University Club 

Saturday, 21 October

8:15 – 9:00       Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30       CALE/ ACEJ AGM

9:30 – 11:00     Regulation Panel 2 - The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Ethical Lawyering and Access to Justice

Chair: Carsten Jensen (FLSC Council Member for Alberta and Chair, FLSC Standing Committee on the Model Code of Professional Conduct)


  • Mark Mossey (FLSC Council member for Nunavut, former President of the Law Society of Nunavut)
  • Darcia Senft (General Counsel and Director, Policy and Ethics, Law Society of Manitoba)
  • Lesley Small (Senior Director, Professional Development, Practice Support and Credentials, Law Society of British Columbia)
  • Art Wilson (Manager, Access to Innovation, Law Society of Ontario) 

11:00 – 11:15  Break

11:15 – 12:30  Teaching Panel 2

Chair: Basil Alexander (University of New Brunswick)


  • Wendy Parkes & Jula Hughes (Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University)
    Dancing with Demons – Teaching ethics and professionalism in the age of AI

  • Nikos Harris (Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC)
    Professionalism and Ethics in the Law Classroom:  The Growing Challenge of Student Disengagement Due to Lecture Capture and Laptops

  • Jennifer Leitch (Trinity College, University of Toronto; Executive Director National Self-Represented Litigants Project)
    Teachers, Students and Litigants: Bringing Experience to Theory 

12:30 – 1:30     Lunch

1:30 – 3:00       Research Panel 3

Chair: Pooja Parmar (University of Victoria)


  • Brooke MacKenzie
    Costs of Counsel for Credibility Contests: Case studies from Ontario's Law Society Tribunal

  • Simon Wallace (Osgoode Hall Law School)
    Using Computational Methods to Analyze the Discipline Decisions of the Law Society Tribunal (Ontario)

  • Phil Lord (Université de Moncton)
    Recusal in Quebec Case Managed Proceedings

  • Basil Alexander (University of New Brunswick) and Stephen Pitel (Western Law)
    Ethical, Legal, and Practical Concerns with the Model Code Amendments on Ex Parte Proceedings and Communications 

3:00 – 3:15       Break 

3:15 – 3:30       Closing Remarks