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 2014-2016 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 510: Ethical Lawyering
Law 579: Legal Theory - Ethics
Law 696: Excellence in Legal Writing

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

Selected Publications and Presentations


Lawyers' Ethics and Professional Regulation, 3rd. Ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2017)

  • Co-author with Richard F. Devlin, Brent Cotter,  and John M. Law

Understanding Lawyers' Ethics in Canada, 2d. Ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2016) (description available here)

In Search of the Ethical Lawyer: Stories from the Canadian Legal Profession (UBC Press, 2016) (with Adam Dodek) (description available here)

Lawyers' Ethics (Routledge, forthcoming 2016)

  • Co-editor with Monroe Freedman and Abbe Smith

Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation, 2d. Ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2012)

  • Co-editor with Richard Devlin, Brent Cotter and John Law; author of “Introduction to Legal Ethics” and “Access to Justice”; co-author of “Issues in Regulation”

Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2011)

Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2008)

  • Co-editor with Richard Devlin, Brent Cotter, John Law; author of “Introduction to Legal Ethics”, “Lawyers in Organizational Settings: Part II: Government Lawyers” and “Access to Justice”; co-author of “Issues in Regulation” 

Articles and Book Chapters

Conferences/Presentation (Recent)


  • Canadian Bar Association Leadership Conference for Professional Women ("'Nasty Women and the Rule of Law': How we talk about women lawyers and why it matters," with Elysa Darling)
  • Canadian Bar Association and Federation of Law Societies of Canada, Annual Ethics Forum ("Prosecutorial Conduct – Ethics and Regulation for Lawyers Without Clients but with a Special Role")


  • Canadian Bar Association, National Labour and Administrative Law Conference ("The lawyer as advisor")
  • University of Ottawa, Faculty of law ("Let's stop claiming the prosecutor's job is to do justice")
  • Canadian Association of Legal Ethics ("Non-legal service providers and access to justice")
  • Criminal Justice Ethics "Schmooze", Fordham Law School ("Let's stop claiming the prosecutor's job is to do justice")
  • Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers' Association (Civility)
  • Reconsidering Access to Justice Conference, Texas A & M University School of Law (Addressing Access to Justice Through New Legal Service Providers: Opportunities and Challenges (with Trevor Farrow)

ABlawg: The Faculty of Law Blog

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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