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.
Presently, she teaches courses in the Department of Justice Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary. She teaches courses on human rights, criminal law, and criminal procedure. She is also working on a collaborative research paper on the "warrior" gene and the implications of genotyping in criminal law.
Recently, Lisa has been appointed to 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!