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Alice Woolley

The Top 25 Most Influential 2018 winner
Alice Woolley

Professor, University of Calgary Faculty of Law

Alice Woolley is a professor of law and ethics and former dean-academic at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. In 2016, she was appointed as the City of Calgary’s first ethics advisor. In this role, Woolley advises the city council members on matters that could put the council or individual members at a legal risk. She authored Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Canada, 2nd Edition in 2016 and co-authored and co-edited Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Regulation, 3rd edition in 2017. Woolley has advocated at Calgary’s city hall that its whistleblower program should be expanded to protect the identities of private citizens and councillor staffers who report inappropriate behaviour. She has aimed to create a tougher code of conduct for the mayor and members of council and oversee the creation of a voluntary lobbyist registry. While dean-academic at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Woolley instituted significant curricular changes that focused on the practical elements of legal education.

“Alice is second to none when it comes to understanding and articulating legal ethics. She is an extremely clear thinker and communicator and an absolute thought leader in this space.”
“As a pupil of Alice Woolley, I can say that she is truly a remarkable instructor and an inspiring mentor for someone beginning their legal career.”
“She knows what’s up.”