University of Calgary

Lisa Silver

  • Instructor

Bar Admissions

Member of the Bars of Ontario and Alberta


Lisa Silver joined the Faculty of Law full-time in 2016, after spending two years as a sessional instructor. Lisa earned her LLB from Osgoode Hall, and completed her articles of clerkship  with Greenspan, Arnup (later Greenspan, Humphrey), whom she also practised with following her articles. Lisa earned her LLM from the University of Calgary in 2001, and began teaching courses as a sessional instructor at Mount Royal College, while also launching Silver Lawyers, a legal research and writing organization.


Law 403: Legislation
Law 410: Crime: Law and Procedure
Law 507: Evidence
Law 602: Advocacy: Criminal Trials
Law 602: Advocacy: Civil Trials

Research/Scholarly Activities

As a practicing lawyer, Lisa has been involved, primarily as the principal lawyer, in more than 200 appeals before all levels of court in Ontario. She has been involved in Supreme Court of Canada cases, notably as co-counsel on the Lavogiannis case relating to the constitutionality of witnesses testifiying behind a screen. As a research lawyer, Lisa has written numerous facta and opinion briefs for matters before all levels of the Alberta courts, including SCC leave applications.

Lisa's website, Ideablawg, has been a three-time runner-up in the Law Professor category for the Clawbies - Canadian Law Blog Awards.

Research Areas

  • Criminal Law

Professional Service

Lisa is the Vice-Chair of the Calgary Police Commission. She is on the board of directors for CACOLE - the Canadian Association for the Complaints Oversight of Law Enforcement and Calgary Legal Guidance, and is a member-at-large for the Provincial Appeal Committee of Legal Aid Alberta. She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta's Access to Justice Committee.

Lisa perviously served on the strategic planning committee for the Calgary Beth Tzedec Congregation, and participated in the Alberta Justice Body Worn Camera Policy Advisory Committee.

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