January Ethics and Professionalism Training

Law’s Indigenous Ethics
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
12:45 - 2:00 pm

Law’s Indigenous Ethics examines the revitalization of Indigenous peoples’ relationship to their own laws and, in so doing, attempts to enrich Canadian constitutional law more generally. Organized around the seven Anishinaabe grandmother and grandfather teachings of love, truth, bravery, humility, wisdom, honesty, and respect, this talk explores legal ethics in relation to contemporary legal practice and constitutional issues.​

Law's Indigenous Ethics in Practice: Powerpoint Slides (click here)


John Borrows B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Hons., Dalhousie, York, SFU, Queen’s & Law Society of Ontario), D.H.L, (Toronto), F.R.S.C., O.C., is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia. His publications include, Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002), Canada's Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award 2011), Drawing Out Law: A Spirit's Guide (2010), Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism ((Donald Smiley Award best book in Canadian Political Science, 2016), The Right Relationship (with Michael Coyle, ed.), Resurgence and Reconciliation (with Michael Asch, Jim Tully, eds.), Law’s Indigenous Ethics (2020 Best subsequent Book Award from Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 2020 W. Wes Pue Best book award from the Canadian Law and Society Association). He is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences and the 2019 Molson Prize Winner from the Canada Council for the Arts, the 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award, and the 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award winner.  He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2020. John is a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 12:30 - 2:00 pm:
Note: This session is postponed until further notice.

Trauma, Stress and Burnout in the Profession: What I wish I had been taught in Law School

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Presented by: Justice Patrice F. Band, Ontario Court of Justice, and 
Dr. Janet Ellis, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Patrice Band currently sits as a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice at Old City Hall. He obtained his LL.B. in 1997 from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. During the 1997-98 year he clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Patrice has practised as an Assistant Crown Attorney in downtown Toronto, where he prosecuted all types of cases under the Criminal Code of Canada. He completed his LL.M. at New York University, School of Law, and then acted as counsel to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, where he conducted professional misconduct prosecutions. From 2006 to 2013, Patrice’s private practice consisted predominantly of criminal defence work and professional regulation, including prosecution work on behalf of provincial regulators. He is a past Director of the Criminal Lawyers Association (Toronto Region) and Alternate Chair of the Ontario Review Board. He was designated by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in criminal law.

Suggested reading:  https://www.goldeneaglerising.org/photos/trauma-informed-legal-practice-toolkit

This is a link to a “Trauma-informed Legal Practice Toolkit”, which is a collection of short articles put together by an organization called Golden Eagle Rising Society.  Justice Band and Dr. Ellis especially recommend these two articles:

Why Law Schools Must Teach Law Students Trauma-Informed Practice (p. 24) and Vicarious Trauma and You (p. 52).

 We Are All Treaty People: Healing Through Education 
Friday, January 28, 2022, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Presented by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), this session will take a closer look at the historic and current Indigenous - Crown relationship. Two OFIFC trainers will present a brief overview of Treaty Law, Restorative Justice, and its importance to Indigenous People in the current environment. The session will also offer an in-depth look at what led to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, specifically Call to Action #28, and how education can serve as a meaningful step towards reconciliation.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Moot Court Room (J250)
Presented by:  David Rudolf

David Rudolf is a defense lawyer. He attended Rutgers University and the London School of Economics, and received his law degree from New York University School of Law. Rudolf has served as an Adjunct Professor at both the Duke University School of Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He has defended clients such as Rae Carruth and Michael Peterson,[1] the latter trial being the subject of the documentary Soupçons (The Staircase).

David Rudolf will discuss his recent book, American Injustice, Inside Stories from the Underbelly of the Criminal Justice System, and his podcast, Abuse of Power, relating both to ethics issues.