Lisa Silver is a proud second-generation Calgarian, lawyer, educator, and avid community volunteer. She holds a B.A. in Economics (UWO, 1984), LL.B. (Osgoode Hall, 1987), and LL.M. (Calgary, 2001). She is a member of the Bar of Ontario (1989) and the Bar of Alberta (1998). From 1987 to 1998, she practiced with the firm of Greenspan, Humphrey where she specialized in criminal appeals. She has appeared before all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1999 to 2000, she was a part-time presiding Justice of the Peace. In 2001, she was awarded a Masters of Law on the basis of her Thesis entitled “The Punitive Sanction as an Alternative to the Criminal Sanction in Regulatory Offences.” 

Lisa is passionate about criminal law and sharing her knowledge. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law teaching criminal law, evidence, and is the course director for the 3L Trial Advocacy Program. She was awarded the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence for 2016-2017. She is currently working on articles on expert evidence, confidential informants and social media evidence. Lisa's most recent article, The W(D) Revolution, will be published in the Fall of 2018 in the Manitoba Law Journal. 

In 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Ideablawg was a runner-up for a Clawbie (Canadian Law Blog Award). Ideablawg was awarded a Clawbie as the best blog in the Law Professor category in 2017. Her blog writing also extends to contributions for the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law ABlawg website. She encourages you to join her journey through every section of the Criminal Code by listening to her podcasts as posted on this website.

Lisa holds membership in various professional associations and sits on various boards and committees. She has presented at many educational conferences across Canada. 

About The Photo

The image used as Ideablawg's banner is a photograph of Osgoode Hall in Toronto. Osgoode Hall has a long and storied legal history and presently houses the The Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice and the Law Society of Upper Canada. I spent many an hour in Osgoode's hallowed halls including its outstanding dining hall - love those butter tarts! Osgoode Hall is architecturally significant and its facade, depicted here, is true to the 1860 design. The interior is as fascinating as seen by Convication Hall with its legally significant stained glass windows and the Great Library with its colonnades and bas reliefs. A big thank you to Josh Silver for taking and sending the photo.