The Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism

The Sixth Colloquium on the Legal Profession

Law and Lawyers in Literature and Film

Location: University of Toronto
Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law
Date: Friday, March 10, 2006, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This colloquium of the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism bridges the perspectives of practitioners and academics on what it means to practise law with "honour" and "integrity" in a variety of practice modes and specialties. It also considers how lawyers and the legal profession are viewed in the media and by the public. It offers both practical tools and personal reflections on the changing nature of law practice and how the legal profession's core values can be identified and maintained in challenging times.

The program for the day will explore the intersection of legal professionalism and popular culture and will feature a wide range of speakers and chairs, including:

Chief Justice Roy McMurtry (Ontario Court of Appeal)
Dean Mayo Moran (U of T - Law)
Professor Michael Asimow (UCLA - Law)
Gavin McKenzie (Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada)
Professor Brenda Cossman (U of T - Law)
Justice James Farley (Superior Court of Ontario)
Professor Angela Fernandez (U of T - Law)
Professor Greig Henderson (U of T - English)
Justice Gordon Kileen (Superior Court of Ontario)
Justice John Laskin (Ontario Court of Appeal)
Professor Ed Morgan (U of T - Law)
Julian Porter, Q.C.
Kate Trotter
Professor Lorraine Weinrib (U of T - Law)

The keynote address will be given by Professor Michael Asimow from UCLA's School of Law. He is the author of Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (1996) (co-authored with Paul Bergman), a book about the great courtroom movies of the past and present and Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book (2004) (with Shannon Mader).

Click here to read the full program (PDF)

Click here to view the LSUC Colloquium page (including the full program).

There is a registration fee for this event, but students, staff and faculty of the law school may attend free of charge - it is necessary, however, to register, which may be done directly by contacting Jennifer Tam at, or 416-978-7849.