Dissertation Title: An Epistemology for Legal Ethics – The Need for Intellectually Virtuous Lawyers
I am studying the application of virtue epistemology to the field of legal ethics. Virtue epistemology applies Aristotelian ways of thinking about ethics to the study of knowledge. Thus, a virtue epistemologist would ask what it means to be epistemically virtuous, i.e. virtuous with respect to the production of knowledge.
Lawyers have roles and duties in knowledge production in legal systems. These roles and duties arise everywhere from contexts such as litigation (relating to confidentiality, evidence, examination of witnesses, etc.) to negotiation and mediation (where lawyers also often control and influence the flow of information). These epistemic roles and duties come with roughly concordant ethical roles and duties. I am looking into the ways in which approaching the roles and duties lawyers from the perspective of knowledge production can enrich the philosophical and ethical picture that we have of lawyers.
- Masters of Law (LLM) - Osgoode Hall Law School
- Juris Doctor (JD) - Osgoode Hall Law School
- Honours Bachelor of Arts – Major in Philosophy, Minor in Political Science, Minor in French as a Second Language - University of Toronto
- Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (September 2014-Present) - Teaching Assistant, Ethical Lawyering in a Global Community
- Department of Social Science, York University (September 2014-Present) - Teaching Assistant, Introductory Socio-legal Studies
- University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (November 7, 2016) - Guest Lecture, Legal Ethics and Lawyer Regulation
- Harley D. Hallett Graduate Scholarship (2014)
- Nominated by the Department of Social Science for Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching in the Teaching Assistant Category, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University. Adjudication to be done by Fall 2017.
- McMillan Binch Entrance Scholarship (2008)
- International Legal Ethics Conference VII (July 14, 2016): An Epistemology for Legal Ethics – The Need for Intellectually Virtuous Lawyers.
- Canadian Association for Legal Ethics Annual Meeting & Conference (October 23, 2015): Adversaries & Virtue – The Insights that Intellectual Virtues Provide into the Adversarial System and Models of Lawyering.
- Canadian Association for Legal Ethics Annual Meeting & Conference (October 25, 2014): Practicing Lawyers & Philosophers – Mutually Supporting Perspectives on Legal Ethics.
- International Legal Ethics Conference VI (July 12, 2014) - Knowledge & Fidelity: Considering the Relationship between the Lawyer's Role in Making Knowledge about Law Available and the Lawyer’s Duty of Fidelity to Law.
- Canadian Association for Legal Ethics Annual Meeting & Conference (October 26, 2013): Conceptions of Objectivity – Understanding the Nature of Morality for the Purpose of Doing Legal Ethics.
- International Legal Ethics Conference V (July 13, 2012): Lawyering against Legality – A Consideration of the OLC ‘Torture Memos’ Through the Lens of the Legal Theory of Lon Fuller.