Amy Salyzyn is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.
Amy received her J.S.D. from Yale Law School for her dissertation exploring the judicial regulation of lawyers in common law jurisdictions. She also received her LL.M. from Yale Law School and her J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School, where she was awarded the Dean’s Key upon graduation. Before coming to the University of Ottawa, Amy served as a judicial law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and 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.
At the University of Ottawa, Amy teaches Torts as well as Dispute Resolution and Professional Responsibility in the first year program. She also teaches an upper year seminar in legal ethics. In 2014, Amy was selected to be a Fellow at the National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism.
Amy has written extensively in the area of legal ethics, lawyer regulation, the use of technology in the delivery of legal services and access to justice, having now published over 15 articles in Canadian and international peer-reviewed journals on the topic. She is also the author of three book chapters, including a chapter on client confidentiality in the leading Canadian legal ethics textbook. Amy is a regular legal ethics columnist for Slaw.ca, a Canadian online legal magazine, and has contributed to Jotwell.com.
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.
In 2018, Amy received an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation which will financially support a five-year project that will study and suggest concrete ways that technology can be used to facilitate more effective access to justice for Ontarians. In previous research funded by SSHRC, Amy, along with her UOttawa colleagues Professor Bouclin and Professor McGill, 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, continued its work relating to legal apps and developed A Privacy Code of Practice for Legal Apps, with funding support from the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner. Amy is also currently a co-investigator on a $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant that is exploring, among other things, the ethical use of technology in our justice system.
Amy is the President of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics. She has also served as co-chair of the board of the National Association of Women and the Law and as a “Learned Counsel Advisor” for the National Association of Bar Counsel (US), Entity Regulation Committee.