Colloque annuel 2024 Annual Conference



Researching, Teaching and Learning Together /

Faire de la recherche, enseigner et apprendre ensemble

Wednesday May 29 - Friday May 31, 2024 / 

Mercredi 29 mai — vendredi 31 mai 2024 

Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick 

Faculté de droit, Université du Nouveau-Brunswick

Fredericton, New Brunswick / Nouveau-Brunswick

Deadline for proposals:  Tuesday December 19, 2023

Date limite pour soumettre une proposition : le mardi 19 décembre 2023

Appel de propositions (fr) .pdf

ACPD-CALT is delighted to invite members of the community of Law Teachers to our annual conference, May 29-31, 2024 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, hosted by the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick.  UNB sits on a river known as Wolastoq along which live Wolastoqiyik – the people of the beautiful and bountiful river. Wolastoq is also called the St. John River.  The Faculty and UNB stand on the unsurrendered and unceded traditional Wolastoqey land.  The lands of Wabanaki people are recognized in a series of Peace and Friendship Treaties to establish an ongoing relationship of peace, friendship and mutual respect between equal nations.  


At this Conference, we aim to develop and deepen our understanding of the relationships between our roles as researchers, teachers (including clinical legal educators), and practitioners.  We want to ask critical questions - who is our community?  What are the politics which shape the spaces we work in and the ideas we work with?  We want to ask about relationships between law schools and law teachers and others. 


At the same time, our theme, “Magnificent Obsessions” is intended to be playful.  We hope to make space at this conference for joy: the joy of being together; the joy of developing ideas through research; and the joy of sharing these ideas with our students, with each other, and with the broader community.


In keeping with our theme, ACPD-CALT is making space at this event for discussions about learning, teaching, research, and the connections amongst them. We invite participants to submit proposals on any of the above areas across a range of themes, ideas, or subject areas. In particular, we wish to encourage participants to submit proposals for sessions that draw connections amongst learning, research, and teaching.  Below you will find three slightly different elaborations on our theme. You will also see that we are inviting proposals for papers, panels, workshops and roundtable discussions. These different formats are explained below. 


As usual, our conference will include plenary sessions, awards, keynote speakers, parallel sessions, a conference dinner, a social event or two exploring Fredericton, and ACPD-CALT’s annual general meeting. 


Information about registration, fees, accommodation options and more specific timings will be available in early 2024. We encourage attendees to book flights and accommodation early. 


The ACPD-CALT Conference Committee is grateful to our local organizers Professor Nicole O’Byrne (University of New Brunswick) and Professor Adrien Habermacher (Université de Moncton), who have welcomed us to the East Coast. Thanks are also due to Dean Michael Marin of the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law, who has enthusiastically supported this conference, and the event staff at the Faculty who are being very helpful with planning and logistics. 


Languages and Translation

We expect to have simultaneous translation for a small number of sessions.  

All sessions can be held in either English or in French.  Mixed language sessions are also welcome.  

Virtual Stream

We hope that many of you will be able to join us in-person.  However, we understand that conferences are not accessible to all. We are planning for a small number of remote (only) sessions to make the conference more accessible. We are also hoping to stream one or more plenary sessions.  Remote access to in-person sessions will not generally be available at this Conference. 

Have an idea, but worried it isn’t quite ready? Talk to us!

Reach out!  The ACPD-CALT Executive would be happy to talk to you about panel, roundtable, and workshop ideas that aren’t quite finished.  We will work with you to develop the idea and identify possible participants.  Or, we can publish open invitations to join roundtables in our newsletter. We’d be delighted to work through your thoughts with you. Email us at [email protected]

Graduate Students

ACPD-CALT will host a graduate student roundtable at which graduate students will be invited to present their work and to share ideas and engage in discussion about teaching.  More information will follow.  Graduate students can be members of CALT and are invited to join proposals and develop their own. 


While ACPT-CALT will not provide childcare during the conference, children (including infants) are welcome to accompany presenters and participants, and to share in the conference food and drink at no cost. As well, we will ensure that at least some of the suggested and planned activities will be suitable for families and children. We will also ensure that our list of recommended accommodation options includes accommodation that is suitable for participants traveling with children. Limited funding will be available to assist with costs related to child care, including to assist with the cost of caregivers accompanying participants with children. Further details will be available in early 2024.  

Proposals: Themes & Formats

We are interested in proposals for complete (all participants are already confirmed) or partial (with space for more participants) sessions of 1.5hrs.  We have set out three formats and three subthemes below.  We encourage you to reach out to colleagues at different institutions and career stages to generate possibilities and build a community of practice which can come together at Magnificent Obsessions.  



THEME I: The Political Economy of Research Teaching and Learning 

We invite sessions which reflect on the role of the academic, contextualized in the political economy of the legal academy.  This is intended as an invitation to deliberately and specifically look at the politics of our work and to perhaps connect it to the politics of our times.  This stream holds work which situates the Canadian legal academy within larger frames of public policy. It includes explorations of the moralities, ethics, orientations and goals which either do, or should, guide researcher-teachers in their work within the legal academy.  


We hope through this theme to engage in discussions that address the many ways in which the contemporary Canadian legal academy is quite different than it was even just a few years ago.  How can we conceptualize the deep changes which mark our work as researchers and teachers but seem to have happened seamlessly without a moment of rupture?  Explorations could consider this topic in terms of changes since the 1983 Arthurs Report (“Law and Learning”), the end of regulated tuition in particular provinces, the development of teaching clinics and the roles that they play in different institutions and communities, the shifting demographics of our students and our faculty colleagues, changing professional norms and forms, the development of the Federation of Canadian Law Societies National Requirement, or the impact of the global pandemic since 2020, among many other potential areas of exploration and interest.  

THEME II:  Research as Learning: Formalizing our Curiosity

We invite sessions which focus on the presenter’s research work in any “legal” field, including how research work produces and disseminates knowledge. Within this subtheme we also welcome proposals that engage with research conducted in community in connection with clinics, research on social change connected to clinics, and research in or about clinics. 


In addition to thinking about the results of research, we are interested in conceptualizing research as a form of learning.   What are our methods for learning about our “magnificent obsessions”?  How does this structure or affect our relationship with others connected to research? How does it confine or expand our understanding of what it is we are doing when we research? How do various kinds of research change our vision of the world? What motivates us to engage in research, including within legal clinics? What is the value of research? 


We hope through this theme to attract groups who may be interested in focusing on a particular subject area across a panel, a roundtable or a workshop - or perhaps all three. In the more distant past ACPD-CALT was a major space for presenting all manner of legal research conducted by Canadian legal academics. The organization included many "sections" based on areas of research and each would have a series of panels at the yearly conference. As the academy and the academic space changed, we now have access to a wider range of spaces, whether very general or extremely specialized, in which to present our research.  We are able to travel further (sometimes just by turning on a screen) to present to and listen to people working on similar questions. These are important and positive shifts. But we still believe that coming together across career stages and schools, but within a particular area of study, is a valuable activity that ignites further research and insight, and that ACPD-CALT has a role to play in fostering spaces in which these discussions can occur.

THEME III:  Teaching as Learning/Learning to Teach

We invite sessions that engage with teaching, and that provide participants with opportunities to engage with research related to teaching. This stream encompasses all research into legal learning at any level and in all settings, including professional, graduate, public, undergraduate, and clinical legal education.  


We hope through this theme to attract groups interested in a range of different teaching-related sessions. Topics might include the efficacy of certain teaching modalities and modes, including clinical teaching and teaching via land-based education.  Other topics could consider experiments in teaching, empirical research into challenges or opportunities in teaching, evaluation, digital technologies and teaching/learning, the challenges and opportunities in learning from doing, and the significance and discourse about different modalities and modes of teaching. 

FORMATS: Workshops, Roundtables, Panels 


Workshops: 1-4 people present a session intended to allow participants to engage in interactive ways. The proposal should provide a clear indication of what the participants will do during and learn from the session. 


Roundtables: Normally no more than 10 people provide brief reflections on a set topic which may include a set text or series of texts to ground the reflections. These may be research or teaching focused.  They might be “Author-Meets-Reader” sessions. In arranging these sessions we encourage our colleagues to ensure that some space is available for newer (pre-tenure) entrants to law teaching. Roundtables can be in person, or online, in English, or in French. 


Panels: 3 or 4 related papers are presented sequentially. We encourage the submission of complete panel proposals from researchers working on similar themes or topics. We will, however, accept single paper proposals and attempt to find the right space for them in our program. Panels can be in person or online, in English, or in French.


Participants who are not proposing fully constituted panels but submitting a single proposal which would fit on a panel will be asked on the Proposal Form to indicate four different descriptors of their work:


  • The methodology used in the research (multiple answers allowed) 
  • The subject area of the research (multiple answers allowed) 
    • The type of law school class or clinic in which this research could contribute to teaching (you may indicate more than one substantive area or course). 
    • Whether the work best fits with theme I, II or III.



    All Proposals, on all themes and in all formats,  must be submitted at this link by December 19, 2023: 


    All presenters must be members of ACPD-CALT by May 1 2024.  You can become a member hereThe requirement of membership does not include people who are neither law teachers nor graduate students, for instance, community members who may be participating in your proposal. Please contact us directly in that case at [email protected] or indicate that people in this position are a part of your proposal.


    ACPD-CALT 2024 Conference Committee

    Graham Reynolds, Chair

    Richard Devlin 

    Sonia Lawrence 

    Anna Lund 

    Sarah-jane Nussbaum 

    David Wiseman

    Local Organizers: 

    Nicole O’Byrne (University of New Brunswick) 

    Adrien Habermacher (Université de Moncton)



C’est avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme que l’ACPD-CALT invite les membres du corps professoral en droit à son colloque annuel, qui se tiendra du 29 au 31 mai 2024 à Fredericton, au Nouveau-Brunswick, en collaboration avec la Faculté de droit de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick. L’UNB est située sur une rivière connue sous le nom de Wolastoq, le long de laquelle vivent les Wolastoqiyik, le peuple de la belle et généreuse rivière. Wolastoq est également appelé le fleuve Saint-Jean. La Faculté et l’UNB se trouvent sur les terres ancestrales non cédées des Wolastoqey. Les terres des Abénaquis sont reconnues dans une série de traités de paix et d’amitié visant à établir une relation permanente de paix, d’amitié et de respect mutuel entre des nations égales.


Lors du colloque, nous souhaitons mieux comprendre les relations qui existent entre nos différents rôles : chercheuses et chercheurs, professeures et professeurs (incluant les responsables de la formation juridique clinique), praticiennes et praticiens. Nous voulons poser des questions importantes : qui compose notre communauté ? Quelle est la dimension politique qui façonne les lieux où nous travaillons et les idées que nous utilisons ? Nous voulons nous questionner sur les relations entre les facultés de droit, les membres du corps professoral en droit et d’autres personnes.


Notre thème, « Merveilleuses obsessions », se veut aussi ludique. Nous espérons qu’il y aura de la joie lors de ce colloque : la joie d’être ensemble ; la joie d’élaborer des idées tirées de la recherche ; et la joie de partager ces idées avec nos étudiantes et étudiants, entre nous et avec l’ensemble de la communauté.


Fidèle au thème du colloque, l’ACPD-CALT prévoit des moments pour discuter de l’apprentissage, de l’enseignement, de la recherche et des liens qui unissent chacune de ces activités. Nous invitons les personnes participantes à nous soumettre des propositions sur l’un ou l’autre des domaines ci-dessous, chacun relié à un éventail de thématiques, d’idées ou de sujets. Nous encourageons plus spécifiquement les personnes participantes à nous proposer des séances qui font des liens entre l’apprentissage, la recherche et l’enseignement. Vous trouverez plus bas trois perspectives légèrement différentes liées au thème du colloque. Vous verrez aussi que nous sollicitons des propositions de différents types (communications, panels, ateliers et tables rondes) pour lesquels vous trouverez une description ci-dessous. 


Comme d’habitude, notre colloque inclura des séances plénières, des remises de prix, des conférences principales, des séances simultanées, un banquet, une ou deux activités sociales pour découvrir Fredericton et l’assemblée générale annuelle de l’Association. 


L’information concernant les inscriptions, les frais, les possibilités d’hébergement et les horaires sera disponible au début de 2024. Nous incitons les personnes qui participeront au colloque à réserver rapidement leurs vols et leur hébergement.


Le comité d’organisation du colloque de l’ACPD-CALT tient à remercier les personnes qui se chargeront de l’organisation locale : la professeure Nicole O’Byrne (Université du Nouveau-Brunswick) et le professeur Adrien Habermacher (Université de Moncton), qui nous ont invités sur la côte est. Nous désirons aussi remercier Michael Marin, doyen de la Faculté de droit de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick, qui appuie avec enthousiasme notre colloque, et le personnel de sa Faculté affecté à la planification et à la logistique de notre événement.

Langues et traduction

Nous prévoyons offrir la traduction simultanée pour un petit nombre de séances.

Toutes les séances peuvent se tenir en anglais ou en français. Les séances dans les deux langues sont aussi les bienvenues. 

Volet virtuel

Nous espérons que plusieurs d’entre vous seront avec nous en personne. Toutefois, nous savons que la participation à des colloques n’est pas possible pour toutes et pour tous. Nous sommes en train de planifier la tenue de quelques séances à distance (seulement) pour rendre le colloque plus accessible. Nous souhaitons aussi diffuser en continu au moins une séance plénière, peut-être plus. L’accès à distance pour les séances en personne sera généralement possible lors du colloque.

Vous avez une idée, mais vous ne savez pas si elle est assez bien définie. Contactez-nous pour en parler !


Contactez-nous ! Le comité exécutif de l’ACPD-CALT sera heureux de discuter avec vous d’idées de panels, de tables rondes et d’ateliers qui vous semblent encore mal définies. Nous travaillerons avec vous pour élaborer des séances et identifier des conférencières et conférenciers potentiels. Nous pouvons aussi publier des invitations à participer à une table ronde dans notre bulletin. Nous serons ravis de développer vos idées avec vous. Contactez-nous par courriel à : [email protected].

Étudiantes et étudiants aux cycles supérieurs

L’ACPD-CALT organisera une table ronde pour les étudiantes et étudiants des 2e et 3e cycles, pendant laquelle ils pourront présenter leurs travaux, partager leurs idées et discuter d’enseignement. Plus d’information suivra à ce sujet. Les personnes étudiant à la maîtrise ou au doctorat peuvent adhérer à l’ACPD, prendre part à des propositions et soumettre leurs propres propositions.

Service de garde

Bien que l’ACPD-CALT ne fournira pas de service de garde pendant le colloque, les enfants (incluant les bébés) sont les bienvenus et peuvent accompagner les personnes présentatrices et participantes. Ils peuvent aussi boire et manger gratuitement ce qui sera servi lors du colloque. De plus, nous allons nous assurer qu’au moins quelques activités soient intéressantes pour les familles et les enfants et que les propositions d’hébergement conviennent aux personnes participantes qui voyagent avec des enfants. Des fonds limités seront disponibles pour aider à couvrir les frais de garde, incluant les frais d’une personne aidante accompagnant une personne participante avec des enfants. Plus de détails seront fournis au début de 2024.

Propositions : thèmes et types d’activités

Nous sollicitons des propositions pour des séances clés en main (toutes les personnes participantes ont été trouvées) ou en développement (avec la possibilité d’ajouter des personnes participantes) d’une durée d’une heure et demie. Nous avons choisi les trois types d’activités et les trois thèmes ci-dessous. Nous vous encourageons à communiquer avec vos collègues à d’autres établissements et à différentes étapes de leur carrière pour partager des idées et ainsi créer une communauté de pratique qui se rassemblera au colloque Merveilleuses obsessions.


I : L’économie politique de la recherche, de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage

Nous aimerions recevoir des propositions de séances qui se penchent sur le rôle du monde universitaire, contextualisé dans l’économie politique du monde juridique universitaire. Il s’agit d’une invitation qui vise délibérément et spécifiquement à examiner l’aspect politique de notre travail afin de le relier à la politique de notre époque. Ce volet présentera des travaux qui situent le monde juridique universitaire au Canada dans le cadre plus large des politiques publiques. Il inclut l’exploration de la moralité publique, de l’éthique, des orientations et des buts qui guident, ou qui devraient guider, les professeurs-chercheurs dans leur travail au sein des facultés de droit.


Nous espérons dans le cadre de ce thème discuter en quoi le monde juridique universitaire au Canada est différent de ce qu’il était il y a quelques années seulement. Comment peut-on conceptualiser les changements profonds qui affectent notre recherche et notre enseignement, mais qui semblent s’être produits doucement, sans période de rupture ? Les présentations pourraient analyser, parmi une foule d’autres sujets possibles, les problématiques suivantes : les changements survenus depuis le rapport Arthurs de 1983 (Le droit et le savoir), la fin de la réglementation des droits de scolarité dans certaines provinces, le développement des cliniques de formation et le rôle qu’elles jouent dans différentes institutions et communautés, l’évolution démographiques de nos étudiantes et étudiants ainsi que de nos collègues du corps professoral, les changements aux normes et aux formes professionnelles, la mise en place de l’Exigence nationale par la Fédération des ordres professionnels de juristes du Canada ou l’impact de la pandémie depuis 2020.


II : La recherche pour apprendre : structurer notre curiosité

Nous aimerions offrir des séances pendant lesquelles des conférencières et des conférenciers présenteront la recherche qu’ils effectuent, quel que soit le domaine « juridique », la façon dont ce travail de recherche génère du savoir et comment ce dernier est diffusé. Dans le cadre de ce sous-thème, nous aimerions aussi recevoir des propositions qui portent sur la recherche réalisée dans la communauté, en lien avec les cliniques, la recherche sur les changements sociaux liés à ces cliniques et la recherche dans les cliniques ou sur celles-ci.


En plus de notre intérêt pour la question des résultats de recherche, nous nous intéressons à la conceptualisation de la recherche en tant que forme d’apprentissage. Quelles sont nos méthodes pour comprendre nos « merveilleuses obsessions » ? Comment cela structure-t-il ou affecte-t-il notre relation avec les autres dans le cadre de la recherche ? Comment cela définit-il ou élargit-il notre compréhension de ce que nous faisons lorsque nous faisons de la recherche ? Comment les différents types de recherche changent-ils notre vision du monde ? Qu’est-ce qui nous motive à faire de la recherche et à nous investir dans la recherche au sein de cliniques ? Quelle est l’importance de la recherche ?


Avec ce thème, nous souhaitons attirer les groupes qui souhaitent se concentrer sur une thématique particulière lors d’un panel, d’une table ronde ou d’un atelier (ou peut-être les trois). Il y a un certain temps, l’ACPD-CALT était un lieu important pour présenter différents types de recherche dans le domaine juridique, réalisés par le corps professoral des facultés de droit canadiennes. L’Association avait alors plusieurs « sections » axées sur des thématiques de recherche et elle offrait une série de panels sur ces thématiques lors de son colloque annuel. Le milieu universitaire a changé et nous avons maintenant accès à un éventail de lieux, de nature très générale ou extrêmement spécialisée, où présenter notre recherche. Nous sommes capables de voyager davantage (parfois seulement en nous tournant vers notre écran) pour présenter et écouter des gens qui travaillent sur des questions similaires. Il s’agit de changements importants et positifs. Cependant, nous croyons quand même qu’il est bénéfique de favoriser la rencontre, autour d’un domaine d’étude spécifique, de personnes étant à différentes étapes de leur carrière et travaillant dans différents établissements d’enseignement. L’ACPD-CALT a un rôle à jouer pour favoriser de telles activités qui stimulent la recherche et le développement de nouvelles idées. 

III : Enseigner tout en apprenant/Apprendre pour enseigner

Nous aimerions recevoir des propositions de séances qui s’intéressent à l’enseignement et qui offrent aux personnes participantes des occasions de réfléchir à la recherche sur l’enseignement. Ce volet concerne toute la recherche qui porte sur l’apprentissage dans le domaine juridique, à tous les niveaux et dans tous les milieux, incluant le milieu professionnel, le 1er cycle, les études supérieures, la population et la formation clinique.


Nous voulons, avec ce thème, rejoindre les groupes intéressés à participer à différentes séances autour de l’enseignement. Les thématiques pourraient être l’efficacité de certaines modalités et modes d’enseignement, incluant l’enseignement clinique et l’enseignement dans la communauté. Voici quelques sujets qui cadreraient bien dans ce thème : des expériences d’enseignement, la recherche empirique sur les défis et les possibilités dans l’enseignement, l’évaluation, les technologies numériques pour l’enseignement et la recherche, les enjeux et les avantages d’apprendre par l’action ainsi que le discours, et sa portée, sur les modalités et modes d’enseignement.

TYPES D’ACTIVITÉS : Ateliers, tables rondes et panels


Ateliers : Activité présentée par une à quatre  personnes pendant laquelle les personnes participantes auront l’occasion d’interagir de façons variées. La proposition doit indiquer clairement ce que les personnes participantes feront et apprendront pendant l’activité.


Tables rondes : Activité regroupant habituellement un maximum de 10 personnes présentant une brève réflexion sur un sujet donné. Un ou plusieurs textes pourraient être utilisés comme point de départ de la réflexion. Les tables rondes peuvent porter sur la recherche ou l’enseignement. Il peut s’agir de rencontres entre autrices/auteurs et lectrices/lecteurs. Pour l’organisation d’une telle activité, nous encourageons nos collègues à s’assurer que l’activité sera d’intérêt pour les personnes arrivées depuis peu dans notre milieu et qui n’ont pas encore la permanence. Les tables rondes peuvent se tenir en personne ou en ligne, en anglais ou en français.


Panels : Activité pendant laquelle trois ou quatre communications sont présentées, une après l’autre. Nous aimerions recevoir des propositions pour lesquelles toutes les personnes intervenantes ont été choisies, venant de chercheuses et chercheurs travaillant sur des thématiques semblables. Nous accepterons aussi des propositions de communications libres, en espérant réussir à les inclure dans le programme. 


Les personnes participantes qui ne proposeront pas des panels clés en main, mais qui déposeront une proposition de communication libre à intégrer à un panel, devront indiquer dans le formulaire de proposition les quatre éléments suivants :


  • la méthodologie utilisée dans le cadre de la recherche (plusieurs réponses possibles);
  • le domaine thématique de la recherche (plusieurs réponses possibles);
  • le type de cours de droit ou de clinique visé par cette recherche et comment celle-ci pourrait contribuer à l’enseignement;
  • le thème (I, II III) qui conviendrait le mieux à cette recherche. 




Toutes les propositions, quels que soient le thème et le type d’activité, doivent être déposées électroniquement à cette adresse au plus tard le 19 décembre 2023.


Toutes les personnes qui feront une présentation doivent être membres de l’ACPD-CALT au plus tard le 1er mai 2024. Vous pouvez adhérer en cliquant ici. Toutefois, les personnes qui ne sont pas des professeurs de droit ou des étudiantes et étudiants aux cycles supérieurs, telles que des membres de la communauté qui pourraient prendre part à votre proposition, ne sont pas tenues d’adhérer à l’Association. Dans de tels cas, veuillez nous contacter directement à [email protected] ou l’indiquer dans votre proposition.

Comité d’organisation du colloque 2024 de l’ACPD-CALT

Graham Reynolds, président

Richard Devlin 

Sonia Lawrence 

Anna Lund 

Sarah-jane Nussbaum 

David Wiseman

Organisation locale

Nicole O’Byrne (Université du Nouveau-Brunswick) 

Adrien Habermacher (Université de Moncton)

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Tuesday AGM Materials /documents pour l'AGA de mardi (en/fr)

CLSA Monday Program (overlap day)



Monday Jun 12, 2023 2:00 PM  EST.

Experts Chat about ChatGPT:

Curriculum and Context

This roundtable of law, tech and teaching experts from Canadian Law Schools will try to put what's new about Chat GPT into context for law teachers.  Should we teach about ChatGPT, and how?  How might ChatGPT be integrated into legal work?  And how can we design meaningful evaluations in a world where Chat GPT is a click away? 

Prof Alexandra Mogoryos, Toronto Metropolitan University, Lincoln Alexander Faculty of Law

Audrey Fried Director, Faculty & Curriculum Development, Osgoode OPD

Prof. Katie Szilagyi, University of  Manitoba Faculty of Law 

Prof. Kirsten Thomasen, Allard Faculty of Law, UBC

Prof. Jon Penny, Osgoode Hall Law School

Prof Valerio de Stefano, Canada Research Chair in Innovation, Law and Society, Osgoode Hall Law School

Prof. Wolfgang Alschner, Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law, Ottawa Faculty of Law

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Monday Jun 26, 2023 11:00 AM  EST

Wellness in Law Schools:

Talking about Techniques and Tensions

Presented in collaboration with the Association of Law Teachers (UK).

Institutions related to the legal profession in many jurisdictions have begun to recognize a serious and, it seems, increasing, level of mental unwellness amongst lawyers as well as law students.  This panel will focus on the question of wellness in law schools.  A set of Draft Guidelines for law schools prepared by  Emma J. Jones, Sr. Lecturer and Director of Student Wellbeing at University of Sheffield School of Law UK, Professor Caroline Strevens, University of Portsmouth, UK; Professor Rachael Field, Bond University, Australia; and Dr Colin James, ANU, Australia), the UK Association of Law Teachers and the International Bar Association on developing International Guidelines for Mental Wellbeing in Legal Education will be shared with all participants.  Panellists (TBA) will offer feedback on the guidelines.  The Panel will reflect on some of the many complex tensions which arise in efforts to promote wellness in law schools.  These tensions include whether wellness initiatives should be broadly or narrowly targeted, the extent to which wellness initiatives themselves can create more time pressure on students, and the problem of limited resources, particularly for evaluation studies.  Specific initiatives that Panellists have been involved with will also form part of the discussion.  Contributions and questions from all participants will be welcome time permitting. All registered  participants will receive a copy of the Draft Guidelines and an annotated list of resources on wellness in law schools.

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Call for Participants in a Reading Group & Roundtable at CALT 2023 Conference: The Comparative Value of Online and In-person Legal Education

A Reading Group & Roundtable Discussion on Teaching Modalities: The Comparative Value of Online and In-person Legal Education
This reading group, convened by Professors Anna Lund (Alberta) and Angela Lee (Toronto Metropolitan University) will culminate in a Roundtable at the CALT 2023 conference. It will bring together Canadian legal scholars to think through and discuss the comparative value of online versus in-person legal education. 
When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in 2020, it necessitated a hasty adjustment to the ways in which education was delivered. Schools at all levels switched from a predominantly in-person to an online model of teaching and learning, with mixed degrees of success. As public health restrictions have been relaxed, many law schools have since moved back to the pre-pandemic norm of in-person education, often justified by the assumption that in-person learning is better for students and teachers alike. At the same time, some constituencies have resisted this "return to normal" for reasons including accessibility for students with disabilities, flexibility for Indigenous students who wish to remain in their home communities, and ongoing concerns around public health.

This reading group and roundtable will give legal educators space to consider and compare the value of online versus in-person legal education, and imagine how to move forward to a "new normal" that can hopefully better reflect some of the lessons learned about different teaching modalities during the pandemic. 

Participants will be invited to read three articles relevant to the topic prior to the roundtable. Each of these readings will be briefly summarized at the start of the session, and participants will then be guided through a series of discussion questions on the roundtable's theme. 
Anyone interested in joining the reading group and participating in the roundtable can join the mailing list by emailing Professor Anna Lund (Alberta) at [email protected].
A reminder that being on the program for the Conference - including being a member of a Roundtable - will require a CALT membership purchased either prior to or concurrent with Conference registration.


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Call for Participants in a Roundtable at CALT 2023 Conference: Teaching Critical Approaches to Criminal Law

Profs Sarah-jane Nussbaum (UNB) and Danardo Jones (Windsor) are convening a Roundtable for CALT at Congress 2023 (see link for dates and details of the Conference) about teaching critical perspectives in criminal law, and are reaching out for expressions of interest in joining.

The focus here is on teaching law school first years, and early career teachers are especially welcome.

  • Roundtable participants are asked to bring something for the group conversation, for instance:
  • More granular descriptions of teaching goals/learning outcomes in terms of "critical perspectives", or a definition of "critical perspectives" that you are using in designing your course
  • A description of specific challenges (or perceived failures) in bringing critical perspectives to students, reflections on the reasons for the problem including perhaps how it relates to other courses, classroom dynamics, etc.
  • A particular class or teaching unit which worked well including perhaps material, focus, activities, and evaluation methods to share with the group.
  • Evidence of how an approach is received by students (good or bad)

Please reach out to Profs Nussbaum and Jones by December 20 if interested ([email protected][email protected]) so that they can add your name to the proposal they plan to submit.  Your email should include some indication of what you would like to bring to the Roundtable. 

There is space available for a number of people to join - invite your colleagues to consider it.  At the Conference, people not actually part of the Roundtable will of course be able to attend the session. 


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2023 Call for Proposals

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Annual Meeting 2023 

Deadline for proposals December 23 2022.   

Submit proposals using this form

The Canadian Association of Law Teachers first in-person meeting since the Summer of 2019 will be at York University in Toronto as part of the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (May 27 to June 3 2023).   


CALT’s meetings will be  on Monday May  29 and Tuesday May 30 2022.   

The CALT Banquet and awards will be held concurrently with the Canadian Law and Society Association on the evening of Sunday May 28th, 2022, the night before our meetings begin.   

On Monday May 29 CALT will host a Luncheon for Junior Professors - all of those appointed to their first full time tenure track position in or after the month of January 2020.  

Congress 2023 is an important moment to come together and attempt to re/connect with our communities.  We are  particularly focused on the way our communities have both grown and changed since our last meeting, and of issues left on the table when we canceled our 2020 conference.  The Congress theme, Reckonings and Re-Imaginings has particular resonance in that light and will be somewhat familiar to  Canadian scholars and learners of law:   

The third decade of the twenty-first century has brought us into unprecedented times. An unrelenting global pandemic, protests for racial justice, and escalating climate disasters have heightened our awareness of the urgent need for collective action to help us create a more equitable and sustainable world. The lessons from Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, have been joined by new lessons, new reckonings about what is needed to live in non-hierarchical relationships that can truly honour our human differences, while protecting the land, water and air we all need to live together.  

In the theme, “Reckonings and Re-Imaginings,” we invite the Congress community to pause and reflect on the lessons we have learned, but also to begin the work of imagining and enacting the terms under which we might create a radically different world. What might it mean for us to commit to knowing and caring for each other across our differences, understanding that the world we want to live in tomorrow is dependent on the action we take together today? Can we re-imagine a new set of social relationships grounded in decoloniality, anti-racism, justice, and preservation of the earth? This invitation for both reflection and action requires a genuine investment in the project of learning and growing, a willingness to participate in active and meaningful co-engagement, and a commitment to exercising patience and care in doing the hard work of changing belief systems and the world.”   

See more at the Congress main site here. 


In putting together our program, we are proposing two particular areas of attention in addressing the themes above:  

  • We would like to pay particular attention to the work and needs of those members of the academy who have joined in the last 3 or 4 years (along with programming aimed at graduate students in law);
  • We are looking to make more space for discussions of scholarly legal research inside or across areas of legal scholarship - beyond the scholarship of teaching and learning.    

These plans complement our familiar focus on teaching and learning law in Canada.   


We encourage the submission of complete or partial (with space for more participants)  proposals for sessions of 1.5hrs or 1 hour. We are open to a variety of formats and themes, as set out below and we encourage you to reach out to colleagues at different institutions and career stages to generate possibilities. 

Participants should assume that remote participation—for presenters and audiences—will not be supported at this conference. All participants should plan to attend the conference in person.  If you have questions or concerns please be in touch at [email protected].   

Form  (all sessions slots are 1.5 hours – you may request a 1 hour session) 


Substantive Themes related to Reckonings &  Reimaginings (feel free to identify more than one)  




  i.     Workshops (participatory workshops led by one or more people) 


a. Topics which relate to or engage with Indigenous and / or Black communities and  law or legal education  

  ii.     Roundtables (large number of speakers or expectation that all participate) 


b. Post Pandemic Reckonings and Reimaginings 

iii.     Panels (3-4 speakers presenting research work, with or without drafts and commentators) 


c. Teaching and Learning in Legal Education 

iv.     Author meets Reader 


d. Focus on scholarship about a particular issue. 

  v.     Another format 


e. Focus on scholarship in a particular subject area. 


By the time of the conference, all participants must be registered as members of CALT and registered for Congress   We would be delighted if you chose to become a member now: please visit 

The requirement of membership does not include JD students or community members who may be participating in your proposal. Please contact us directly in that case at [email protected] or indicate that people in this position are a part of your proposal. 

Submit proposals using this form.  

Our Deadline is December 23 2022 but we will begin reviewing proposals on November 23 2022.    

Questions should be directed to 


We also anticipate a role in arranging ‘CALT-sponsored” Open Sessions (available to all Congress attendees).  These should closely relate to the theme-related sessions and so invite suggestions for sessions or speakers and expressions of interest in co-arranging specific sessions.  Limited funding may be available to support non-academics in travel and attendance in relation to these open sessions where applicable.  Creative proposals are welcome.  



CALT may award a “Congress Graduate Student Merit Award” worth approximately $500 to one graduate student who is presenting their work at our meetings.  Only students who are presenting work which can be described through an abstract of 250 words will be able to apply for this award.  The award recipient will be notified by May 2023, and funds will be disbursed in June 2023.  If you or someone participating in your proposed session is interested in this opportunity please indicate using the box available in the submission form.  


CALT members participating at Congress may also be eligible to receive a “Child and Dependent Care Subsidy” (up to 200 per person) via the Federation of Social Sciences and the Humanities. An application is required, and decisions about this subsidy will be released on May 2 2023.  Information about this opportunity will be distributed to all who are on the program in late March 2023.  

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CALT Conference Series 2022


Online workshops and roundtables (and more)

to be held in June 2022


Deadline for Proposals April 22 2022

In lieu of a conference this summer, CALT proposes a series of Wednesday sessions in June, with a longer session including our AGM on June 8th

CALT is now soliciting proposals from Canadian law teachers for online roundtables or workshops connected to legal education.

For events included in the series, CALT will provide publicity (through its website, mailing list, and other channels) and assume responsibility for the technical aspects of hosting the meeting (registration through Zoom, etc.).

CALT would be glad to consider partnering with other academic or professional organizations in order to co-host particular events in the series.


Proposals should address a unified theme, and be designed for a total duration of 60 to 120 minutes, including activities and/or discussion.


Sessions may be in one of two formats: workshops (with active learning and participatory approaches aimed at capacity building); or, roundtables (interactive discussion and exchange, either with a small group of panelists with some participation by the room, or intended to engage the whole room). Other formats may be proposed.


Proposals should be contained in a standalone Word document (i.e. not in the body of an email) that is no longer than 2 pages and must provide the following information:

  • Session title;
  • Session format (workshop, roundtable or other) and length
  • Brief description of session topic, content and agenda (100-500 words)
  • Identification at least 3 presenters, including a session chair.

**Please note while CALT has currently suspended membership fees, we will be reinstating modest membership fees before June 2022, in the <$50 range for full time faculty.  All presenters will be expected to become CALT members and pay the membership fee)

  • Brief biographical information for each contributor (including institutional affiliation and position title or program status);
  • Identification of partner (co-hosting) organization, if any;
  • Preferred dates, if any (June 1, 15, 22, 29 are the Wednesday dates we are looking at – along with the second Wednesday of the month in some of all of July through December.

Please send all proposals, in Word format, as well as any suggestions or expressions of interest, to <[email protected]> no later than April 22 2022.

The CALT Conference Committee will review all proposals and make selections based on timeliness, rigour, anticipated interest of CALT members, and potential for interactive exchange and learning impact.

If a proposal is selected, members of the CALT Conference Committee will contact the persons making the proposal to agree upon a date and time. The Committee may request additional information and modifications.

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CALT 2021 Conference Registration

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the CALT 2021 virtual conference (7-10 June) here.  There is no registration fee, but registration is obligatory.   Also, an updated Program in Brief, as well as the Full Program, are now available.

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CALT Conference 2021 Program in Brief

CALT conference 2021: SAVE THE DATES!


We are delighted to confirm that the virtual conference will take place over four days, from Monday 7 June to Thursday 11 June.   Two sessions will be offered on each day, as well as the CALT AGM on Tuesday 8 June.  A ‘program-in-brief’ is now available on our website here.


Sessions will be conducted via Zoom, hosted by Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Registration will be required, but there will be no registration fee.  An Eventbrite registration page is coming soon and will be the source for further program information.  For any questions, please contact us at [email protected]



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Call for Proposals CALT Conference 2021

Call for Proposals 

CALT annual conference 2021

7-11 June, 2021

Virtually Hosted by:

 Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia


We are pleased to release this Call for Proposals for the 2021 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT).   The conference will be held in a virtual online format throughout the week of 7 to 11 June (which is the week following the virtual gathering of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities). 

The virtual platform for the conference will be provided by the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.  We gratefully acknowledge their participation and support.

Subject to the level of response to the Call for Proposals, and logistical factors, our tentative plan is to schedule 6 plenary sessions over the course of the week, with no more than two sessions of up to two hours duration on any one day. 

The general focus of the conference will remain on legal education and pedagogy.  We primarily invite proposals on two specific themes:

  1. “Building Back Better: Lessons from Adapting to Teaching in the Pandemic”;
  2. “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism” – the theme of the cancelled 2020 conference.

We will also consider proposals that address non-theme topics and issues of current interest in legal education and law, but preference may be given to theme-related proposals and proposals that address teaching and learning.


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CALT 2021 Conference & AGM

We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Association of Law Teacher’s annual conference is resuming in 2021. The conference will be held in a virtual online format throughout the week of 7 to 11 June (which is the week following the virtual gathering of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities).  A Call for Proposals will be issued soon.  The CALT AGM will also be held during that week.

Subject to the level of response to the Call for Proposals, and logistical factors, our tentative plan is to schedule 6 plenary sessions over the course of the week, with no more than two sessions of up to two hours duration on any one day.  The general focus of the conference will remain on legal education and pedagogy.  We anticipate inviting general proposals with that focus, as well as inviting proposals engaging two specific themes: one theme focusing on lessons from adapting to teaching in the pandemic; the other reaching back to the theme of the cancelled 2020 conference, “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism.”

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