Amy F. Salyzyn


Amy F. Salyzyn
Associate Professor

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Salyzyn Amy F.


Prior to joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa as an Assistant Professor, Amy received her LL.M. from Yale Law School and her J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School. Amy has also served as a judicial law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and has practiced at a Toronto litigation boutique. Her litigation practice included a wide variety of civil and commercial litigation matters including breach of contract, tort, professional negligence, securities litigation and employment law as well as administrative law matters. In Fall 2011, she was a Visiting Researcher at Osgoode Hall Law School.

In addition to legal ethics, Amy’s research focuses on gender and the law, law and technology and civil justice reform. In 2013, Amy was the Research Director for a project on ethical infrastructure in Canadian law firms that was undertaken by the Canadian Bar Association Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. She was also awarded the 2013-14 OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Legal Ethics and Professionalism (Fellowship in Studies) to study the ethical implications of lawyers’ pre-litigation demand letters. She is currently a co-investigator on a $2.5 million SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) grant for a project titled “Repenser le droit processuel: vers une cyberjustice” (“Rethinking Procedural Law: Towards a Cyberjustice”).

In recent research conducted with two University of Ottawa Faculty of Law colleagues, Professor Suzanne Bouclin and Professor Jena McGill, and with support from a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant, Professor Salyzyn explored risks and opportunities relating to the use of mobile and web-based apps to enhance access to justice. A report on the research can be found here. This research team, along with Professor Teresa Scassa, has continued its work relating to legal apps with new funding from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada that will support the development of A Privacy Code of Practice for Legal Apps.

Amy is also a regular legal ethics columnist for, a Canadian online legal magazine, and has contributed to She is currently co-chair of the National Steering Committee for the National Association of Women and the Law.

Recent Publications (2013-2016)

  • “Mobile and Web-based Legal Apps: Opportunities, Risks and Information Gaps” (2017) Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, accepted and forthcoming (co-authored with J. McGill & S. Bouclin)
  • "From Colleague to Cop to Coach: Contemporary Regulation of Lawyer Competence” (2017) Canadian Bar Review, accepted and forthcoming
  • “Literacy Requirements of Court Documents: An Underexplored Barrier to Access to Justice” (2016) 33: 2 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, accepted and forthcoming (co-authored with J. Burkell, L. Isaj, and B. Piva)
  • “A False Start in Constitutionalizing Lawyer Loyalty in Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada), (2016) 76 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 169
  • “Zealous Advocacy or Exploitative Shakedown?: The Ethics of Shoplifting Civil Recovery Letters” (2015) 36 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 1
  • “What if We Didn’t Wait?: Canadian Law Societies and the Promotion of Effective Ethical Infrastructure in Law Practices” (2015) 92(3) Canadian Bar Review 507
  • “The Judicial Regulation of Lawyers in Canada” (2014) 37 Dalhousie Law Journal 481
  • “Positivist Legal Ethics Theory and the Law Governing Lawyers: A Few Puzzles Worth Solving” (2014) 42(1) Hofstra Law Review 1063
  •  “Queer Insights on Women in the Legal Profession” (2014) 17(2) Legal Ethics 231 (co-authored with J McGill)
  • “John Rambo v. Atticus Finch: Gender, Diversity and the Civility Movement” (2013) 16(1) Legal Ethics 97
  • “Foreclosures, Freemen, Foreign Law Schools and the Continuing Search for Meaningful Access to Justice: Correspondent’s Report from Canada” (2013) 16(1) Legal Ethics 223
  •  “A Comparative Study of Attorney Responsibility for Fees of an Opposing Party” (2013) 3(2) St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law 71.
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