Noel Semple is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
Studying access to justice, Professor Semple's work asks how the law and legal institutions work in real life. It also aspires to improve the ability of law and legal institutions to actually create justice. Empirical research (quantitative and qualitative) and policy analysis are key tools in his scholarship. Professor Semple draws upon and seeks to contribute to the law and society and empirical legal studies traditions.
Between 2017 and 2019, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, a peer-reviewed and open-source scholarly journal. He teaches and writes in the fields of civil dispute resolution, legal ethics and professionalism, legal services regulation, and family law. He directs the Windsor Legal Practice Simulation, a week-long legal practice simulation in which all Windsor Law 1L students participate. In March 2017, he received the Windsor Student Law Society Faculty Award for teaching.
Professor Semple's book Accessibility, Quality, and Profitability for Personal Plight Law Firms: Hitting the Sweet Spot is available free from the Canadian Bar Association. His book Legal Services Regulation at the Crossroads: Justitia’s Legions is available from Edward Elgar Press in hardcover and as an affordable e-book.
He lives with his wife, Angélique Moss, and their children Madeleine and Malcolm in the west end of Toronto.