The Ethics of Sexual Assault Lawyering

***NOTE: this video contains explicit language and graphic discussion of gender-based violence that could be disruptive for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.***

The 26th Annual FB Wickwire Memorial Lecture in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics, presented by Prof. Elaine Craig, Associate Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law.

Co-sponsored with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

December 2, 2016

This lecture will consider the ethical duties and obligations placed on criminal defence lawyers and Crown attorneys in the context of sexual assault cases. Relying on data gathered from interviews, trial transcripts and law firm websites, Professor Craig will examine some of the ways in which the attitudes and practices of lawyers contribute to the harms experienced by sexual assault complainants. Both the duties of the Crown in sexual assault cases and the ethical limits on defence counsel at trial will be considered.

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