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Noel Semple

Noel Semple is Associate Professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.

Noel studies access to justice.  His work asks how the law and legal institutions work in real life, and it aspires to improve their ability to do so. Empirical research (both quantitative and qualitative) and policy analysis are key tools in his scholarship. He draws upon and seeks to contribute to the law and society and empirical legal studies traditions.

He teaches and writes in the fields of civil dispute resolution, legal ethics and professionalism, and family law.

His book Legal Services Regulation at the Crossroads: Justitia’s Legions is available now from Edward Elgar Press in hardcover and as an affordable e-book.  This book was written during  a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where Noel was also a Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Centre for the Legal Profession.

Noel completed his Ph.D at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in 2011, after having received an LL.M degree in 2009. In 2007, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. His doctoral focus was the custody and access arrangements made for children following the breakdown of their parents’ relationships.  His dissertation critically analyzed the litigation and settlement mechanisms used to resolve these disputes, and their costs and benefits for the children involved.  The severe lack of affordable and professional legal assistance in the family law field became obvious during this research, and inspired Noel’s postdoctoral research agenda.

Noel’s work has appeared in the International Journal of the Legal Profession, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, and the Family Court Review, among other journals. He has taught Legal Process at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and Children and the Law at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law.  During the autumn 2010 term, he was a visiting Research Fellow at Columbia Law School in New York.    Noel was called to the Ontario bar in 2008 after completing articles at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, in Toronto.  Noel lives with his wife, Angélique Moss, and their two children in the west end of Toronto.