April 24, 2023

Professor appointed to Court

Professor Lisa Silver has been appointed a Justice of the Court of King's Bench of Alberta in Calgary

In an announcement from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on April 24, Professor Lisa Silver, LLM'01 has been appointed a Justice of the Court of King's Bench of Alberta in Calgary. 

Justice Silver joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, in 2016. She taught legislation, criminal law, and evidence law and was the director of the intensive advocacy course. She received the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016-2017 and the Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence in 2021-2022. She has been involved in judicial education, particularly her affiliation with the National Judicial Institute, and has published on an extensive array of topics, including sentencing, judicial decision making, the admissibility of expert and social media evidence, and legal education. She is the co-author of Criminal Law Defences, 5th Edition. As an avid blogger, she maintained her own award-winning law blog and podcast, and contributed to the Faculty’s ABlawg website. One of her ABlawg articles was the first criminal law blog to be cited in the Supreme Court of Canada.

"This is wonderful news for Alberta, for the rule of law and, of course, for Lisa herself, said UCalgary Law dean Ian Holloway. "While we are heartbroken to see her go, she will make a wonderful judge. We are extremely proud of Lisa - and proud of our connection with her!"