IFLS is very pleased to welcome (back, she was a visiting researcher at Osgoode in 2011) Amy Salyzyn (doctoral candidate, Yale LS) on January 21st.

Join is for what is sure to be an interesting discussion about our profession and our visions of our lawyer-selves as Amy presents her argument about the new civility movement:

that it perpetuates a profoundly gendered vision of lawyer professionalism. On first glance, the civility movement seems innocuously clothed in gender-neutral language. A closer analysis of the discourse surrounding the civility movement reveals a dominant narrative characterized by competing masculinities: the aggressive, testosterone fueled Rambo-lawyer is cast as the antihero to be vanquished against renewed calls for the return of the gentlemanly Atticus Finch.

Salyzynjan21Monday January 21 OHLS 2027   Light Lunch, so Please RSVP (& Get the draft paper):  lgonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca

PDF poster here.

Want to know more about the “Civility Movement” in lawyer regulation?  See some explanations and critiques

From the regulator here in Ontario, the Law Society of Upper Canada here,

From the Canadian Bar Association here

From civility movement critic, law prof and legal ethicist Alice Woolley here (scholarly paper) and here (newspaper)


Here is a reference to some research from Osgoode Prof. Shelley Kierstead and Erika Abner on how the norms of civility are learned, here is a piece on civility in Canada from U of O’s Adam Dodek, and there’s an older critique referencing Rambo here