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Steve Coughlan


Telephone: (902) 494-1035
E-mail: stephen.coughlan@dal.ca


Steve Coughlan has been at Dalhousie Law School in a variety of roles since 1992 (appointed Full Professor 2004; Associate Professor, 2001-2004; Assistant Professor, 1999-2001; Alumni and Placement Officer, 1996-99; Faculty Lawyer, Dalhousie Legal Aid, 1993-96; Assistant Director, Health Law Institute 1992-96).  Prior to joining the School he was a Consultant with the Law Reform Commission of Canada (1988-1992) and practiced with the Metro Community Law Clinic (1986-88).

His primary teaching area is Criminal Law and Procedure, but he has been involved in coaching competitive Moot teams for many years, and has taught Constitutional Law, Health Law, and Medical Ethics (in the Faculty of Medicine).  He also co-teaches Introduction to Law, a course offered by the Law School to non-law students, and is one of the Co-ordinators of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Minor in Law and Society.  He has received a number of awards for his teaching, including the Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teacher Award (2005), the Dalhousie Alumni Association Award of Excellence for Teaching (2004), the Hannah and Harold Barnett Award for Excellence in Teaching First Year Law (2004), and the Dalhousie Law Students’ Society/Dalhousie Law Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching Law (2000).

He is a co-editor of the Criminal Reports, of the National Judicial Institute Criminal Law e-Letter, and of the IT.Can Newsletter on Canadian information technology law developments.  Much of his writing is in the criminal law field, including the Carswell Annual Review of Criminal Law (with Gerry Ferguson of the University of Victoria) and the tenth edition of Learning Canadian Criminal Law (with Don Stuart and Ron Delisle of Queen’s University) as well as more than 50 articles, annotations and chapters in various journals and books. He has also written a number of pieces on the legal profession, including a report for the Young Lawyers Conference of the CBA, The Future of the Legal Profession: The Challenge of Change and electronic Epiigrams for the Canadian Bar Association Website on issues such as collaborative law and unbundling of legal services, among others. He has also published a number of articles in various health law journals, and continues to be involved in interdisciplinary research on treatment of the elderly.  He is also a member of the Law and Technology Institute  at Dalhousie.