Feb 10 Regulation of Lawyers .... and Law Schools? How ongoing debates about lawyer licensing affect law schools and legal education

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Regulation of Lawyers .... and Law Schools?  How ongoing debates about lawyer licensing affect law schools and legal education

Hosted by ACPD-CALT 

Feb 10 2023 1130 PST, 1230 MST, 130 CST, 230EST 330 AST


Please join us to hear about the challenges, ideas and changes which bring together regulators and law schools.  Register here:

Other important links: 

Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Approved Canadian common law programs: 

National Requirement Review

National Committee on Accreditation:


CALT Letters re Current Review

November 2022

January 2021


Canadian Council of Law Deans Principles on the Role of Law Faculties in Lawyer Education

Report from the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System: "The Whole Lawyer"

Furlong, A Competence-Based System For Lawyer Licensing in British Columbia report to LSBC, May 2022



Priya Bhatia

Priya is the Executive Director, Professional Development & Competence at the Law Society of Ontario where she oversees strategic planning, policies, and programs related to entry-level and continuing competence for lawyers and paralegals. Previously, Priya was the Manager of Licensing and Acåcreditation at the Law Society for several years. Priya has been actively involved in the regulatory sector and is currently the Vice Chair of the Executive Leadership Program Committee for the Council for Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR). She has also served as the President of the Association of Continuing Legal Education Directors (Canada) and the Chair of the Ontario Regulators for Accessibility Consortium. Priya is a frequent presenter on topics of competence, licensing, and credentialing at a national and international level. Priya has a JD from the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Janine Benedet

Janine Benedet joined the Allard law school faculty in 2005 and served as Dean pro tem. Her first stop after her L.L.B. graduation from UBC was a clerkship with fellow UBC alumnus Justice Frank Iacobucci at the Supreme Court of Canada. That was followed by graduate studies – leading to both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. – at the University of Michigan, where she also taught as a Visiting Faculty Fellow. She practiced labour law in Toronto from 1997 to 1999, and was a member of faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1999-2005. She is a member of the British Columbia bar and engages in pro bono litigation in sexual violence cases.


Professor Benedet’s areas of teaching expertise include criminal law, labour law, the law of sexual offences and legal ethics.  Her current research focuses on sexual violence against women, including prostitution, pornography and sexual assault.  She is currently researching the barriers to successful criminal justice system responses to sexual assault for women and girls across the lifespan, as well as the use of criminal law to target sex buying and pimping.  She is an Associate Editor of the Criminal Reports. 


In 2014, Professor Benedet received the CBA BC Equality and Diversity Award, for her work in advancing equality within BC and the legal profession.

Dean Martin Phillipson 

Martin Phillipson joined the Faculty of Law (Saskatchewan) in 1999. Prior to joining the Faculty he held teaching positions at Osgoode Hall Law School, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and at the Australian National University. He received his LLB from Leicester University in the UK, and obtained his LLM from the University of Saskatchewan in 1991. Professor Phillipson's teaching and research interests lie in the fields of intellectual property law, biotechnology law, international environmental law and the law of property. Professor Phillipson was appointed Co-editor in Chief of the Journal Of Environmental Law & Practice in 2003. The Journal is published by Thomson-Carswell and is Canada's leading peer-reviewed environmental law publication. Professor Phillipson is a frequent media commentator on issues relating to agricultural biotechnology and has appeared on CBC's The National & As it Happens. He has also been interviewed by The Canadian Bar Association's National Magazine and the Western Producer in Canada. In the United States he has been interviewed by Legal Affairs and US News & World Report. Professor Phillipson has also acted as a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme & The Australian Federal Government,

Dr. Annie Rochette 

Dr. Annie Rochette has dedicated most of her professional life to researching, writing and speaking about legal education. She worked in academia for over 20 years researching and teaching in the areas of legal education, methodology, environmental law, as well as gender and climate change policy.  She was Associate Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) from 2006 to 2016, Assistant Professor and Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the UBC Allard School of Law from 1998-2004. Her doctoral work, completed in 2011, empirically explored teaching and learning in Canadian legal education. Dr. Rochette has also worked on the regulatory side of legal education as the Director of the Professional Legal Training Course of the Law Society of British Columbia (2016-2020).  She has been involved in the Canadian legal education community for over twenty years as editor of legal academic journals (CJWL, CLEAR), board member and President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, workshop facilitator and conference organizer. 

David Wiseman 

Professor David Wiseman joined the Faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2010 and teaches first year Property and Access to Justice and upper year courses in Trusts and Elder Law.  Professor Wiseman is joint co-ordinator of the J.D. program's Social Justice Option and also the co-chair of the Admissions Committee.  Professor Wiseman is also a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Professor Wiseman's principal areas of research and activity are access to justice, social and economic human rights and the institutional competence of courts in Charter litigation.  Professor Wiseman has published a number of articles and book chapters on the legal protection of social and economic human rights.  Professor Wiseman has also drafted submissions to government law reform bodies in Canada and Australia and has appeared before United Nations human rights treaty monitoring bodies with and on behalf of NGOs from both countries.  Professor Wiseman has volunteered at and served on the board of a community legal clinic and co-ordinated a legal information program on eviction prevention.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Wiseman was a Senior Advisor at the National Judicial Institute, Canada (NJI).  Professor Wiseman was the co-ordinator of curriculum and resources on self-represented litigants and organized judicial education seminars in a variety of areas, including the Charter, Judicial Settlement Conferencing, Social Context, Criminal Law and Newly-Appointed Judges. Prior to the NJI, Professor Wiseman was an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor, teaching in Property, Constitutional Law and Access to Justice. In 2004 Professor Wiseman was awarded 'Professor of the Year' by the Windsor Law Students' Association.  Before permanently relocating to Canada, Professor Wiseman was an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University (Australia), where he also taught Property Law and Constitutional Law, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. 

Deborah Wolfe, P.Eng., FEC, CAE

Deborah Wolfe, P.Eng., is the Executive Director, National Committee on Accreditation and Law Schools Programs with the Federation of Law Societies ofCanada. The NCA is a certification program for internationally educated lawyers and law graduates, or graduates of a Canadian civil law program, who wish to be admitted to a common law bar in Canada. Ms. Wolfe also leads the process to approve Canadian common law, law school programs. Ms. Wolfe is the Past Chair of the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada, a board member of the Vimy Foundation, a former President of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (a charity that encourages girls to become engineers), and a former Chair of the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation. Ms. Wolfe is a civil engineer licensed in the province of Ontario and is a former Military Engineer having served with the Canadian Armed Forces.

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