Disbarred lawyer Shawn Beaver advertises tutoring for law students on Kijiji

Disbarred lawyer Shawn Beaver advertises tutoring for law students on Kijiji

“Learn the law from a gold medalist in the law.”

That’s the tagline for an online advertisement posted by disbarred Edmonton lawyer Shawn Beaver, who is offering to tutor law students.

His classified ad, which was posted March 26 on Kijiji, touts Beaver’s decades of experience as a criminal defence attorney and past role as a lecturer at the University of Alberta, his alma mater where he was the 1993 class gold medallist.

Beaver can no longer practise law after the Law Society of Alberta disbarred him Feb. 15 for the misuse of client funds.

“I’ve always had a passion for teaching,” Beaver said in an interview Wednesday. In the past, he has taught courses on evidence and criminal trial procedure.

Beaver said he talks to potential students about his recent disbarment.

“I encounter very few people that have not heard my name in the media,” he said. “It’s something I talk to people about when they sit down and tell me what kind of instruction they need.”

His standard rate is $60 per hour, but that varies if students want group instruction, he explained.

The Law Society of Alberta found that Beaver had failed to act with integrity.

“Disbarment is the most severe sanction the law society can impose,” said a February news release after the conclusion of a months-long disciplinary hearing launched in November.

Beaver had been suspended in May 2015 after allegations that about $180,000 went missing from client trust accounts.

“When lawyers are disbarred, their membership with the Law Society of Alberta is terminated and they are no longer entitled to practice law, appear in court as agents or work in a law firm in any capacity,” law society spokeswoman Colleen Brown said in an email Wednesday. “The law society does not regulate services offered or provided by disbarred lawyers unless those services involve the practice of law, agency work or employment in a law office.”

Law is a self-regulating profession. Disciplinary sanctions for professional misconduct can include reprimands, restrictions on a lawyer’s practice, suspension or disbarment.

Beaver is eligible to apply for re-admission to the society one year after disbarment.

He said Wednesday he plans to apply when he has a strong application.

“An application will be made, whether that’s a year from now or longer.”

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