University of Calgary

Alice Woolley

  • Professor

Bar admissions

Member of the Alberta Bar


Alice joined the Faculty of Law on July 1, 2004. Prior to joining the Faculty she practiced law in Calgary, specializing in energy regulation, judicial review and civil litigation. In 1995-1996 Alice was a law clerk to the then Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer. In 1994 she received both the Gold Medal and the Dean’s Key from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

From 2014-2015 Alice was the Associate Dean (Academic) at the Faculty of Law.

Alice won the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in the fall of 2010, and again for the 2013-2014 academic year.

In 2015, Alice was named one of Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential as a Changemaker.

In April 2016, Alice was named the City of Calgary's first ever Ethics Advisor.

When not at the law school or City Hall, Alice can be found hanging out with her two dogs, her two children, her partner Gerry or - on the best days - all of the above.


Law 407: Foundations in Law and Justice I
Law 510: Ethical Lawyering

Research/Scholarly Activities

Alice’s research interests are in the areas of legal ethics and professional regulation, with a particular interest in the intersection of professional regulation, moral philosophy and moral psychology. She is the author of Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Canada (LexisNexis Canada, 2011) and co-author and co-editor of Lawyers' Ethics and Professional Regulation, 2nd ed. (LexisNexis Canada, 2012). Her academic articles have discussed the good character requirement for law society admission, the regulation of extra-professional misconduct, access to justice, the regulation of civility, lawyer self-regulation and the theoretical foundations of the lawyer’s role.

Research Areas


  • Legal Ethics
  • Legal Profession
  • Administrative Law
  • Professional regulation


Professional Service

Alice serves on the board of the International Association of Legal Ethics, as well as the President of the Canadian Association of Legal Ethics.

In 2012 she was the co-chair of the Organizing Committee for the 5th bi-ennial International Legal Ethics Conference in Banff, Alberta. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, and from 2012-2014 she served on the CBA's Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and was part of their Futures Initiative. She is a member of the Alberta Bar, and from 2009-2011 was a member of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Law Society of Alberta.

Photograph of Alice Woolley
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