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Philip Slayton

Philip Slayton studied law at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and then clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. He became a law professor and dean of law.

Philip then went into legal practice with a major Canadian law firm in Toronto, working on many of the biggest corporate and commercial transactions of the time. He retired from practice in 2000.

Upon leaving Big Law, Philip Slayton wrote the best-selling book Lawyers Gone Bad: Money, Sex and Madness in Canada's Legal Profession. Philip and his book were the subjects of a Maclean's magazine cover story with the controversial headline "Lawyers are Rats." The Toronto Star labeled Slayton "Public Enemy #1." His second book was Mighty Judgment: How the Supreme Court of Canada Runs Your Life.

Slayton is currently working on a non-fiction book about Canadian mayors, and is a regular contributor on law-related topics in the media. He is president of PEN Canada.

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