Adam Dodek


Adam Dodek
Full Professor

B.A. (McGill)
J.D. (Harvard)
LL.M. (Toronto)

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Adam Dodek


Professor Dodek teaches Public Law,  Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a founding member of the Faculty's Public Law Group, the director of The Professionalism Initiative  and the co-founder of the Legal Writing Academy.   He created and directs the Cavanagh Williams LLP Professionalism Speaker Series which is the first and only speaker series in Canada dedicated to issues of ethics and professionalism.  It is accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada as an approved provider of Ethics and Professionalism CPD.

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 the casebook Public Law (Emond) with Prof. Craig Forcese; Public Law at the McLachlin Court: The First Decade (with David A. Wright of the Law Society Tribunal), 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.  A second edition is being published in October 2016.  Professor Dodek's Solicitor-Client Privilege was published by Lexis Nexis in 2014 and won the Walter Owen Book Prize in 2015.  

Other current research projects involve the regulation of the legal profession, judicial ethics, 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's most recent projects are Regulating Judges: Beyond Independence and Accountability (Edward Elgar, 2016), edited with Professor Richard Devlin of Schulich School of Law and In Search of the Ethical Lawyer: Stories from the Canadian Legal Profession (UBC Press, 2016), edited with Professor Alice Woolley of the University of Calgary.   Professor Dodek is one of the organizers of the Constitution 150 project.

Professor Dodek is a trustee of the  OBA Foundation, a member of the Board of CanLII, a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism, and a founding member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics

In 2012, Professor Dodek was awarded the Capital Educators Award as one of the top teachers in Ottawa.  In 2014, Canadian Lawyer named him one of Canada's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in the "Changemakers" category.  In 2015, the Law Society of Upper Canada awarded Professor Dodek its Law Society Medal for outstanding service to the legal profession.





  • Ethics and Regulation of Government Lawyers
  • Reconceiving Solicitor-Client Privilege
  • Chief Justice Lamer and Policy Design at the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Justice Bertha Wilson and Originalism (2008) 41 SCLR (2d) 331
  • "Canadian Legal Ethics: Ready for the Twenty-First Century at Last" (2008) 46 OHLJ 1.
  • Canada as Constitutional Exporter




  • House of Lords Evidence re Fixed Election Date Legislation







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