Professor Dodek Receives Insight Grant for Project Exploring Heenan Blaikie and the Legal Profession

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Common Law’s Professor Adam Dodek has earned an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a 5-year project entitled “The Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie LLP: The Past, Present and Future of the Canadian Legal Profession”. 

In 2014, Heenan Blaikie, a once-iconic national law firm, underwent a sudden and very public collapse, sending shockwaves through the Canadian legal profession.  Its demise attracted national and international media attention. Heenan became the subject of much speculation, gossip and fear-mongering because it was the first-ever national law firm in Canada to fail. Professor Dodek’s project will study the rise and fall of Heenan Blaikie in the broader context of changes in the legal profession between 1973 and 2014. It will produce the first comprehensive book length analysis of the Canadian legal profession while chronicling the first-ever Canadian national law firm to fail. By placing Heenan's story within the larger context of changes in the Canadian legal profession, Canadian society and the Canadian economy over the past four decades, this project seeks to use Heenan as a case study to understand those changes and what the future holds for the Canadian legal profession and, in a larger purview, for businesses in general.

SSHRC’s Insight Program aims to support and foster excellence in social sciences and humanities research intended to deepen, widen and increase our collective understanding of individuals and societies, as well as to inform the search for solutions to societal challenges.

Congratulations to Professor Dodek!

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