OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowships

The OBA Foundation administers and funds The OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowships in Legal Ethics and Professionalism (the “Fellowships”).

The winners for the 2019-20 year are Prof. Sam Singer of Thompson Rivers University in the Fellowship in Research category and Deanne Sowter, a Research Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, in the Studies category.

Prof. Singer will by studying the ethical, professional, and record-keeping obligations of lawyers, judges and other legal stakeholders serving trans clients and hearing matters. Prof. Singer’s work aims to provide legal stakeholders with the competencies to meet and respect the ethical, legal and professional needs of trans people’s life experience. Ms. Sowter will be studying the question whether psychological or coercive harm should be included in the professional rules exempting physical violence or harm from duties of confidentiality and solicitor-client privilege.  Both projects promise to advance the law’s understanding of emergent and important topics that affect the practice of law in Canada.