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 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 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.”
After returning receiving her LLM, Lisa started a legal research and writing practice focussing on criminal matters including appeals. Although Lisa is passionate about all that is criminal law, she is particularly interested in the objective/subjective mens rea doctrinal debate, the criminalization of regulatory behavior, and visual jurisprudence. She was a part-time faculty member at Mount Royal University in the Department of Justice Studies from 2002 to 2013 where she taught courses on human rights and civil liberties, criminal law, and criminal procedure and evidence. From 2014 to 2016, she taught 1L students criminal law at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law as a sessional instructor and, in 2016, she coordinated the faculty's newly revised 3L Trial Advocacy Program. From 2016 to 2018, she was a full-time Instructor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law teaching criminal law, evidence, legislation and as course director for the Trial Advocacy program. She recently was awarded the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence for 2016-2017.
To read an example of Lisa's research, her paper entitled Poof into a Puff of Air — Where Have all the Defences Gone? The Air of Reality Test and the Defences of Justifications and Excuses is published in the 2014 Criminal Law Quarterly, Volume 61, Number 4 at page 531. Lisa's most recent article, The W(D) Revolution, will be published in the Fall of 2018 in the Manitoba Law Journal. Her blog writing has also extended 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.
In 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Ideablawg was a runner-up for a Clawbie (Canadian Law Blog Award). In 2017, Ideablawg was awarded a Clawbie as the best blog in the Law Professor category.
Lisa holds membership in various professional associations and sits on various boards and committees.
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.