Chairs and Professorships

John M. Law, B.A., LL.B. (Alberta), LL.M. (Dalhousie)

Thomas W. Lawlor Q.C. Professor of Law and Ethics

The University of Alberta Faculty of Law announced, in July 2013, the appointment of Professor John M. Law as the Thomas W. Lawlor Q.C. Professor of Law and Ethics. The Thomas W. Lawlor Q.C. Professorship in Law and Ethics is awarded to a professor who is a full-time faculty member teaching the Professional Responsibility course, which includes curriculum relating to professional conduct and legal ethics.

Professor Law specializes in administrative law, legal history, legal education, the regulation of the legal profession, and professional responsibility. He has taught many of these subjects for well over twenty years, with his contributions being recognized by the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association Alberta through the presentation of a Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Professor Law has long believed in combining his academic work with a commitment to volunteer work within the legal and educational community. He has served on many committees with the Law Society of Alberta, including the education and credentials committees, and from 1989-1995, Professor Law was a member of the subcommittee that drafted a new Code of Conduct for the Alberta legal profession. He has also been actively involved with the Canadian Law School Admissions Group and the Law School Admission Council, representing Canadian interests and serving on the Council’s Board of Trustees on three occasions. He has also served as a lay member of the College of Alberta Psychiatrists Discipline Committee for six years, and in 2004, he was appointed to the University of Alberta’s Board of Governors as the first staff association nominee.

Called to the Alberta Bar in 1974, Professor Law practised law with an Edmonton firm and later served as the Board Counsel and Director of Licensing with the Alberta Liquor Control Board. After serving six year’s service as a Sessional Instructor, he joined the Faculty of Law as an Associate Professor in 1984 and was promoted to Professor in 1996. Professor Law currently serves as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law, and has also served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law and was formerly the Associate Director, and then Executive Director, of the Legal Education Society of Alberta.

Professor Law returned to the Faculty of Law, having served in 2006 as the Scholar-in-Residence with the Law School Admission Council in Newtown, Pennsylvania – the first such honour for a Canadian law professor.