Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the UBC Faculty of Law. When lawyers advise clients they help the law to accomplish both its function as a system of social settlement, and the respect for the governed reflected in its processes and structure – i.e. the rule of law. A lawyer can only do so, however, if his/her advice provides an objectively reasonable assessment of the law, while also facilitating the accomplishment of the client’s goals and objectives. The lawyer as advisor is neither an advocate for the client’s goals, nor an adjudicator of the legality of those goals. Rather, the lawyer’s advising role has an irreducible duality, requiring good faith respect for both the law and the client – not unlike the attitude taken by a friend when offering advice.Unfortunately, the law governing Canadian lawyers does not provide sufficient guidance to lawyers as to their obligations when advising clients.

About the speaker:
Alice Woolley is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. Prior to joining the Faculty in 2004 Professor Woolley practiced law in Calgary, working in the areas of utility regulation and civil litigation. As an academic, she specializes in legal ethics and professional regulation, with a particular interest in the intersection between professional regulation, moral philosophy and moral psychology. Professor Woolley is the author of Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Canada and co-editor and co-author of Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation (2d ed.). She has published articles on topics such as the good character requirement for law society admission, the independence of the bar, civility, legal ethics teaching and the normative conception of the lawyer’s role. Professor Woolley has her LLM from Yale Law School and her BA and LLB from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with the gold medal. In 1995-1996 she was a law clerk to then Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Antonio Lamer.


The University of British Columbia (UBC) is among a growing number of research and academic institutions with OA policies that ‘encourage or mandate access to research outputs’. Having OA policies and mandates assists UBC scholars and researchers to ‘negotiate their rights, and to make their work openly available’. Other universities adopting OA mandates include: Concordia University, University of Ottawa, Harvard University, and Stanford University to name just a few.

In 2013, both Senates of the UBC Okanagan and the UBC Vancouver campuses approved the UBC Open Access Position Statement and endorse the following statements:

  1. Faculty members are encouraged to deposit an electronic copy of their refereed and non-refereed research output and creative work in cIRcle in accordance with applicable copyright arrangements which may be in place for that work.
  2. Where a faculty member has deposited a work with cIRcle, cIRcle shall be granted a non-exclusive licence to preserve and make publicly available the research contained therein.
  3. The authors of works deposited with cIRcle will maintain ownership of their rights in the works.

cIRcle offers a number of services to help UBC faculty make their research available to the world. Learn more at: circle.ubc.ca.

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April 2014

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the UBC Faculty of Law. Until the late seventies/early eighties, women who were separating from their spouses had no right to claim property acquired during marriage unless it was registered in their names. The SCC decision of Murdoch v. Murdoch rendered in 1975 exposed the inequalities of the law. Beginning in the late seventies provincial governments began passing matrimonial property legislation which allowed for equal division of marital property. The legislation only applied to married persons and unmarried persons were left to apply for division of property under the equitable rules of trust, a complicated and costly process. In 2001 a challenge by Susan Welsh to the NS Matrimonial Property Act came before the SCC. In a surprising decision, the SCC held that excluding unmarried cohabitants from Matrimonial Legislation did not contravene section 15 of the Charter. Despite that ruling several provinces have revised their property legislation to include unmarried persons but the vast majority of unmarried Canadians are not protected. This exclusion has a gendered perspective and affects women and children to a much larger extent.

Speaker Bio: Renee R. Cochard, a family law lawyer from Alberta, has practiced exclusively Family Law since being admitted to the bar in 1979. She has an LLM from York U in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2003) and is presently a PHD Candidate in Law at UBC.

April 14, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Lillooet Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are free courses offered over the web, accessible to anyone, anywhere. There are no formal application processes, no prerequisites and no formal academic credits. MOOCs provide instruction via tools like videos, computer and peer-graded homework, and quizzes and exams. Students often interact with peers in online discussion forums.

Jeff Schmitt of Poets & Quants recently published a summary of over twenty top business related  MOOCs, which are starting between March 24th and May 1st, 2014:

Courses include

  • Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies / University of Maryland
  • Financial Analysis of Entrepreneurial Ideas / Babson College
  • Better Leader / Richer Life / Wharton School of Business
  • Introduction to Marketing / Wharton School of Business
  • Introduction to Statistics: Probability / University of California-Berkeley
  • Introduction to Public Speaking / University of Washington

To review all the courses on the list, please visit: poetsandquants.com/2014/04/01/20-essential-mooc-courses-in-business

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