Paul D. Paton

Paul Paton

Professor of Law
Director, Ethics Across the Professions Initiative
B.A., LL.B., University of Toronto
M.Phil, International Relations, University of Cambridge
JSM, JSD, Stanford University


Phone: 916.739.7284
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Representative Journal Articles

Multidisciplinary Practice Redux: Globalization, Core Values, and Reviving the MDP Debate in America, 78 Fordham L. Rev. 2193 (2010).  (pdf)

Cooperation, Co-Option or Coercion? The FATF Lawyer Guidance and Regulation of the Legal Profession, 2009 J. Prof. Law. 165.  (pdf)

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Future of Self-Regulation—Canada Between the United States and the English/Australian Experience, 2008 J. Prof. Law. 87. (pdf)

Corporate Counsel as Corporate Conscience: Ethics and Integrity in the Post-Enron Era, (2006) 84 Can. Bar Rev. 533 [Special Edition on Ethics] (pdf)

Rethinking the Role of the Auditor: Resolving the Audit/Tax Services Debate, (2006) 32 Queen’s L.J. 135 (pdf)

Accountants, Privilege and the Problem of Working Papers, (2005) 38(2) Dalhousie L.J. 353 (pdf)

Legal Services and the GATS: Norms as Barriers to Trade, 9 New England J. Intl. & Comp. L. 361 (2003) (pdf)

[with Deborah L. Rhode] Lawyers, Ethics and Enron, 8 Stanford J. L. Bus. Fin 9 (2002)

Representative Chapters in Books and Edited Collections

"Lawyers in Organizational Settings," in Woolley, Cotter and Law, eds. Lawyer's Ethics and Professional Regulation (2008) pp. 427-468 (pdf)

"The Corporation as a Legal Person: Consequences, Historical and Constitutional Aspects, and the Process of Incorporation" in Yalden, Sarra, Paton et al., Business Organizations: Principles, Policies and Practice (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2007) (174 pp.)

"Partnerships" in Yalden, Sarra, Paton et al., Business Organizations: Principles, Policies and Practice (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2007) (76 pp.)

"The Independence of the Bar and the Public Interest Imperative: Lawyers as Gatekeepers, Whistleblowers or Instruments of State Enforcement," in Lorne Sossin, ed., The Independence of the Bar (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2007) pp. 175-207


Professor Paul Paton on Technology and Legal Services (Insight program, Capitol Public Radio, 4/6/2011)

"Who’s your client?" by Paul Paton (pdf)

"Friend or Foe?", Canadian Bar Association National Magazine, December 2009

"Problems of privilege, Business advice vs. protected legal advice" by Paul Paton (pdf)

Read Professor Paul Paton's Sac Bee Article

Professor Paul Paton on Ethics in Government (mp3)

Viewpoints: 'Sorry' seems to be a word that's too easy

The recent financial crisis has attracted comment about the need for both domestic and international solutions. This CNBC panel considers Michael Farr’s specific adoption of Professor Paul Paton’s call for greater accountability and transparency as a key component of any regulatory fix.

Courses: Professional Responsibility, Corporate Governance, Business Associations

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