25th Annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture (Feb. 24): In Search of the Ethical Lawyer

The Schulich School of Law and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society cordially invite you to attend the twenty-fifth annual F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics.

In Search of the Ethical Lawyer 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm
Room 105, Weldon Law Building
Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University

In Search of the Ethical Lawyer: Stories from the Canadian Legal ProfessionThis year’s panelists are legal ethics scholars Adam Dodek and Alice Woolley, with Professor Richard F. Devlin of the Schulich School of Law. Founding members of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics, Professors Dodek and Woolley were named by Canadian Lawyer to be among the 25 most influential figures in Canada’s legal profession. They recently co-edited In Search of the Ethical Lawyer: Stories from the Canadian Legal Profession (UBC Press, 2016), released on January 1.

In the new book, leading Canadian legal academics and practising lawyers draw on real-life stories -- case studies, biography and memoir -- to examine the tension between ethics and the law. It brings to life the ethical challenges lawyers face and raises important questions about what it means be a "good" lawyer. Professor Devlin contributed a chapter celebrating the egalitarian legal practice of Halifax’s Burnley Allan (Rocky) Jones, "Begun in Faith, Continued in Determination". Read an abstract about the book online, including the table of contents, introduction and foreword by Paul Wells of Macleans

Alice Woolley is Professor and Associate Dean Academic in the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She is the author of Understanding Lawyers' Ethics in Canada and co-editor of Lawyers' Ethics and Professional Regulation. Adam Dodek is Vice-Dean Research and Associate Professor in the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Solicitor-Client Privilege and The Canadian Constitution, as well as co-editor of five other books.

Further details about the lecture will be announced shortly.

About the Wickwire Lecture series
To view videos of past lectures in the series, visit the F.B. Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics page, located in the Public Lectures section of the Schulich School of Law website at http://www.dal.ca/faculty/law.html.

Frederick B. (Ted) Wickwire QC was educated in Halifax and practised in the field of corporate and commercial law with a special interest in property rights, as senior partner in the firm MacInnes Wilson Flinn Wickwire. In 1977, he was appointed the first Chairman of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. 

Mr. Wickwire worked tirelessly to ensure that Nova Scotia barristers maintained a level of uncompromised professionalism. To this end, he served as chairman of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s Legal Ethics Committee, oversaw the creation of the original handbook on ethics and professional conduct for Nova Scotia lawyers, and was Society President, a position he held at the time of his death on March 22, 1991. For his work with both the Society and the development of Legal Aid in Nova Scotia, he earned the Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service posthumously in October 1991.