Common Law Section

Common Law Section Faculty
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Fauteux Hall
57 Louis Pasteur St
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

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(613) 562-5794
(613) 562-5124


(613) 562-5800 ext.3270
(613) 562-5124

Adam Dodek

Vice-Dean Research; Associate Professor

57 Louis Pasteur St. Room 324
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5
(613) 562-5800 ext.3308
(613) 562-5124




B.A. (McGill), J.D. (Harvard), LL.M. (Toronto). Of the bars of Ontario and California.

Professor Dodek teaches Public Law and Legislation, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a member of the Faculty's Public Law Group, the director of The Professionalism Initiative  and the co-founder of the Legal Writing Academy

Professor Dodek graduated from McGill University and Harvard Law School and then received a Fulbright Scholarship to research Israeli constitutional law while clerking for the Supreme Court of Israel. After being called to the bar in California, Professor Dodek practiced law in San Francisco and then clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena. Professor Dodek returned to Canada and clerked for Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada. After being called to the bar in Ontario, he joined the Public Law Working Group in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's Toronto office where he practiced until the fall of 2003. At that time, he joined the staff of Ontario's Attorney General, first as Senior Policy Adviser and then as Director of Policy and from 2005-06 as Chief of Staff.

Professor Dodek's areas of research include public law, the legal profession, the judiciary and legal ethics.   He is the co-editor of Public Law at the McLachlin Court: The First Decade (with David A. Wright of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario), Judicial Independence in Context (with Dean Lorne Sossin of Osgoode Hall Law School) and The Sacred Fire: The Legacy of Chief Justice Antonio Lamer / Le feu sacré: l'héritage d'Antonio Lamer, juge en chef du Canada (with Dean Daniel Jutras of McGill).  He is also the General Editor of Canadian Legal Practice: A Guide for the 21st Century.   Professor Dodek's book The Canadian Constitution was published by Dundurn Press in 2013 and was named by The Hill Times as one of the Best 100 Books in Politics, Public Policy and History of that year.  His book Solicitor-Client Privilege will be published by Lexis Nexis later in 2014.   Other current research projects involve the regulation of the legal profession, judicial ethics, the ethics of the expert witness, lawyers in public office, the enactment of the Canadian Charter Rights and Freedoms and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Professor Dodek is a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism and a founding member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics.  He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario and the Advisory Committee of the Public Service Integrity Commissioner.   In 2012, Professor Dodek was awarded the Capital Educators Award as one of the top teachers in Ottawa. 

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