Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway

Dean of law at the University of Calgary and former dean at Western’s law school, Ian Holloway focuses on the future of the legal profession in Canada from the vantage point of the legal academy.

Do not rename Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench

Do not rename Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench

Dean of law at the University of Calgary Ian Holloway says grammar and history is why the court shouldn’t be renamed the Supreme Court

Blackadder meets the Law Society of Ontario

Blackadder meets the Law Society of Ontario

In Ontario, it is a sad time for self-regulation, argues Dean Ian Holloway in Law School Futures

Ryerson, reform and the pessimistic lawyer

Negativity is the governing professional disposition in which a great experiment in Canadian legal education is about to take place. That is the establishment of a degree-granting law school at Ryerson University.

Now is the benchers’ election of our discontent

This has been a tough winter in Canada — one of the hardest in recent years, climate change notwithstanding. Thanks to extended periods of frigid temperatures in southern Canada, we’ve all had unhappy tutorials in the science of things such as polar vortexes and weather bombs. So it was that it was often warmer in Whitehorse than in Toronto. At least in the circles I run, that meant that February was a grumpier month than it usually is. It also meant that, more than once, I found myself mumbling the Duke of Gloucester’s famous line from Shakespeare’s Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent.”

No press is sometimes the best press

Trump, tradition and the rule of law in Canada

The last summer before The Beatles

Fifty-five years ago, Canadians were enjoying the last summer of their innocence. Within 12 months, Canada would be changed irrevocably and the world as we knew it would be swept away forever.

Time, seasoning and the future of lawyer licensing

Recently, I had the honour of being invited to take part in and speak at a celebration of the life of Wylie Spicer.

Joni Mitchell and innovation in Canadian legal education

=It’s true that there is some pretty exciting stuff going on in the legal marketplace

The importance of institutional narrative

Just like lawsuits, organizations — including both law schools and law firms — need a theory of the case, too.