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.

Registration closed 


Conference Agenda

 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, Bard and Banker, 1022 Government Street

Friday, 20 October

8:30 am    Registration and breakfast

9:15 am    Opening Remarks, Welcome and Territorial Acknowledgement

10:00 am   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

11:30 am  Break

11:45 am  CALE/ACEJ Awards

Stephen Pitel, President CALE/ ACEJ

12:00 pm     Lunch

1:15 pm       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 pm       Break

3:00 pm       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

4:00 pm       Break

4:15 pm       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?

 6:30 pm       Dinner at the University Club 

Saturday, 21 October

8:15 am       Breakfast

8:30 am       CALE/ ACEJ AGM (during breakfast)

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

Chair: Darcia Senft (General Counsel and Director, Policy and Ethics, Law Society of Manitoba)


  • 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 am  Break

11:15 am  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

12:15 pm     Lunch

1:30 pm       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 pm       Break 

3:15 pm       Closing Remarks

7:00 pm       Optional dinner, Ferris' Grill and Garden Patio, 536 Yates Street