ERIC Number: ED225424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Professional Competence and the Law. Dalhousie Continuing Legal Education Series, No. 21.
Trakman, Leon E., Ed.; Watters, Douglas, Ed.
Proceedings of a 1981 conference on professional competence and the law are presented. The perspectives of educators Leon Trakman, Murray Fraser, and Stewart Macaulay concerning the educational needs of the legal profession and the role of the law school are presented. The Canadian justices McIntyre and Cowan comment on the quality of lawyers' skills, as revealed by legal counsel in court, and the competence of judges to weigh evidence and render judgment. Issues pertaining to Canadian law schools, and, specifically, developments in Ontario and at the University of Toronto, are addressed by law school representatives Frank Iacobucci, Hudson Janisch, William Charles, Grant Hammond, and Rod MacDonald. In addition, four seminar papers are presented: "Are Judges Competent?" (Chris Axworthy); "Are Practitioners Competent?" (Ronald Pugsley); and "Are Law Teachers Competent?" (Leon Trackman). After an address entitled "Incompetence: The North American Experience," (Roger Cramton), lawyers Edwin Harris, Arthur Maloney, Peter Green, and Brian Flemming evaluate lawyer competence from the prospective of law school and continuing legal education programs, and consider controls exerted on lawyers through professional regulation, litigation, and punishment. Additionally, the social costs of incompetence are addressed by A. Wayne MacKay, Stewart Macaulay, Justice Glube, and Agar Adamson; and forecasts and prescriptions are offered by Roger Cramton, Justice Jones, and Arthur Maloney. Group discussions follow all the papers, and a list of participants is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Codes of Ethics, College Faculty, College Role, Competence, Court Judges, Discipline, Higher Education, Law Schools, Lawyers, Legal Education, Professional Services, Standards
Public Services Committee, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4H9 ($20.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dalhousie Univ., Halifax (Nova Scotia). Faculty of Law.
Note: Sponsored by the Dalhousie Law School, Law Foundation of Nova Scotia, CLE Society of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Bar Association. Proceedings of a sonference on "Professional Competence and the Law" (Nova Scotia, Canada, May 29-30, 1981).