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Canadian Association of Legal Ethics presents first Lifetime Achievement Award to Darrel Pink

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CALE DarrelOn Friday in Halifax, the Canadian Association of Legal Ethics (CALE) presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Darrel Pink, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society,

The national organization created the new lifetime achievement award to “recognize sustained accomplishments in the field of legal ethics and professionalism by a member of CALE”. Mr. Pink was nominated by six of his peers in the legal ethics field in Canada and the U.S.

CALE presented the award to Mr. Pink on Friday evening during its national conference and annual general meeting, hosted this year at the Schulich School of Law on Oct. 27 and 28. In August, he was selected as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential lawyers in a national survey by Canadian Lawyer magazine, for his national leadership on regulatory innovation. 

Photo, left to right: Alice Woolley, CALE President and Professor, University of Calgary; award recipient Darrel Pink, NSBS Executive Director; and Richard Devlin, Chair of the CALE Board and Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law.  

The CALE conference included a range of panel discussions and presentations on legal ethics research, regulatory initiatives and teaching initiatives.

The conference agenda also included the 27th Annual F.B. Wickwire Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics, co-presented Friday by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Schulich School of Law. The topic this year was “Ethics and Professionalism in the Practice of Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Law” – a video will be available shortly on the Wickwire Lecture page of the law school’s website.

The panel speakers were Geoffrey Bickert QC, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Litigation, Department of Justice, Canada; Professor Jeffrey Hewitt, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor; Professor Naiomi Metallic, Chancellor's Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy, Schulich School of Law; and Professor Pooja Parmar, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria.

Some local media coverage of the Wickwire Lecture:

Q and A with law professor Naiomi Metallic on Aboriginal and Indigenous law
Global News | Oct. 27, 2017 | By Steve Silva, Video Journalist   

The Canadian Association for Legal Ethics (CALE) is a federal not-for-profit company whose members are academics, lawyers, regulators and judges interested in topics related to ethics and professionalism in the Canadian Legal Profession. CALE seeks to encourage and facilitate debate on issues of ethics and professionalism in Canada, and to increase awareness about those issues in the public, the profession and the judiciary. Find out more about CALE on its website: