Lisa A. Silver is a lawyer with a background in criminal law. She has a B.A. in Economics (UWO,1984), an LL.B. (Osgoode Hall, 1987), and a LL.M. (Calgary, 2001). Her thesis is in the area of regulatory offences and is entitled “The Punitive Sanction as an Alternative to the Criminal Sanction in Regulatory Offences.” It is available on the University of Calgary dissertation website.
She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1989 and the Bar of Alberta in 1998. From 1987 to 1998, she practiced with the firm of Greenspan, Humphrey. Lisa specializes in criminal appeals and has written approximately 200 factums. She has appeared before all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1999 to 2000, she was a Presiding Justice of the Peace. Presently, she is in private practice and does legal research and writing in the areas of criminal law and constitutional law, on a contract basis only. She is particularly interested in Charter issues, in the criminalization of regulatory behavior, and in critical legal theory.
She is a part-time faculty member at Mount Royal University in the Department of Justice Studies where she has taught courses on human rights, criminal law, and criminal procedure and evidence. She is presently working on a collaborative research project with Dr. Janne Holmgren on the media’s perception of forensic evidence and the resultant effect on the Bench and Bar when conducting a jury trial.
Recently, Lisa has been appointed to the Calgary Police Commission. Presently, she is a member of the Alberta Legal Aid Appeals Committee and Vice-Chair of the Calgary Police Commission.
In her spare time Lisa loves to do volunteer work, read LOTS of books, and drive her family crazy with all of her IDEAS!