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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

In Search of the Ethical Lawyer

Stories from the Canadian Legal Profession

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

In Search of the Ethical Lawyer

Stories from the Canadian Legal Profession

What options did Paul Bernardo’s lawyer have when his client directed him to retrieve hidden evidence? Where would David Milgaard be today if a lawyer hadn’t doggedly challenged his murder conviction? And what should a defence lawyer do when told her client is a danger to the public? In this book, leading Canadian legal academics and practising lawyers draw on real-life stories to probe the tension between ethics and the law. Whether re-examining high-profile cases, celebrating barristers who tore down barriers, or pointing out current injustices within the justice system, their stories are compelling and raise important questions about what it takes to be a “good” lawyer.

272 pages

Law and Society


Table of Contents

Foreword / Paul Wells

Introduction / Adam Dodek and Alice Woolley

1 Keeping Secrets or Saving Lives: What Is a Lawyer to Do? / Adam Dodek

2 Putting Up a Defence: Sex, Murder, and Videotapes / Allan C. Hutchinson

3 “No One’s Interested in Something You Didn’t Do”: Freeing David Milgaard the Ugly Way / David Asper

4 “Begun in Faith, Continued in Determination”: Burnley Allan (Rocky) Jones and the Egalitarian Practice of Law / Richard F. Devlin

5 Feminist Lawyering: Insiders and Outsiders / Janine Benedet

6 Gender and Race in the Construction of “Legal Professionalism”: Historical Perspectives / Constance Backhouse

7 The Helping Profession: Can Pro Bono Lawyers Make Sick Children Well? / Lorne Sossin

8 A New Wave of Access to Justice Reform in Canada / Trevor C.W. Farrow

9 Michelle’s Story: Creativity and Meaning in Legal Practice / Alice Woolley

10 Ian Scott: Renaissance Man, Consummate Advocate, Attorney General Extraordinaire / W. Brent Cotter

11 Gerry Laarakker: From Rustic Rambo to Rebel with a Cause / Micah Rankin

Index

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