Call for Nominations
The National Immigration Law Section is seeking nominations for a Secretary and up to seven Executive Members for the term September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014.
For further details, please see the full Call for Nominations.
Invitation for Sponsorship Opportunity: 1983-2013 CBA National Immigration Law Section
This year, the National Immigration Law Section will celebrate its 30th anniversary. There are a number of initiatives planned to commemorate this significant achievement.
To mark this special anniversary, the Section is producing a Tribute Video and commemorative program which will be showcased at a reception, held in conjunction with the Section’s Annual Conference, May 9-11, 2013 in Montreal. This Conference is a must-attend event, with more than 250 participants attending from across Canada.
In order to ensure we have the highest quality video, we are offering a limited number of sponsorship opportunities. Sponsors will be highlighted within the video, at the Conference and within the commemorative program.
This is a wonderful opportunity to support this proud initiative and to be recognized as playing a critical role in making it a reality. If sufficient sponsorship is raised, we hope to create a Founders’ Award. This award would be granted to a young lawyer to assist with the costs of attending our National Immigration Conference annually. Our members have helped shape the law and have made immeasurable contributions to Canadian law, policy and society. We hope you will join us in honouring this milestone and those who helped make our Section a reality.
If you have any questions or if you would like to confirm one of these sponsorship options, please contact me, Mario Bellissimo, at email@example.com or (416) 787-6505.
Tribute Committee Chair
National Immigration Law Section
National Sections: Children’s Law Committee
National Sections recently established a Children’s Law Committee to coordinate activities, provide advice, and respond to law, policy, and legal research developments on matters affecting Canadian children. More information is available on the new Children’s Law Committee webpage.
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Interested CBA members are strongly encouraged to join the Children’s Law Committee listserv. This is an ideal way to stay informed of Committee activities and get directly involved. The listserv also provides a forum to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Membership is free to CBA members.
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2013 National Immigration Law Conference: 30 Years of the Charter, 30 Years of the Immigration Section
May 9-11, 2013
Marriott Château Champlain, Montreal, QC
The Annual CBA National Immigration Law Conference will be held at the Marriott Château Champlain in Montreal, QC, from May 9-11, 2013.
This is Canada's premiere conference on immigration law where lawyers, judges and public employees at the front-line of immigration practice and policy-making share their knowledge and experience. Marking the 30th anniversary of the Immigration Law Section, the 2013 program will reflect on three decades of immigration law guided by the Charter, and will feature speakers from the judiciary, senior practitioners, Department of Justice lawyers, tribunal members, and government representatives from CIC, CBSA, HRSDC and Quebec MICC.
To register now or for more information please visit the conference webpage.
We look forward to seeing you in Montreal in May!
CBA National Immigration Law Section: In the News!
Recently, Michael Greene and Kerri Froc appeared on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association as witnesses before the Parliamentary Standing Committee regarding Bill C-43, Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act.
You can find the presentation to the Standing Committee at the following link: http://www.cpac.ca/eng/programs/committee-house-commons/episodes/citizenship-and-immigration-november-7-2012
Our Section produced the submissions in advance of our appearance. The Working Group that drafted these submissions for our Executive to review included Gordon Maynard, Peter Edelmann, Michael Greene, Marshall Drukarsh, Cathryn Sawicki, and Marvin Moses.
I want to express particular thanks to Peter Edelmann and Gordon Maynard who took the lead on this working group and to Kerri Froc for all her feedback and assistance.
Thank you also to both Kerri and Michael for their appearance before the Standing Committee.
Chair, National Immigration Law Section
Canadian Bar Association
A new tool for Immigration practitioners!
Last September, the CBA asked Immigration Section members to identify what they valued most through their CBA membership. The results indicated that our members felt they would benefit most from the development of support materials aimed at improving client awareness and knowledge of Immigration Law practice. Responses also indicated that client brochures were a highly valued option.
This year, our Section’s Public Relations Committee developed materials that members can use to complement their own marketing initiatives, including a client brochure and a series of short videos. The Committee is led by Barbara (BJ) Caruso, and includes Jerry Kreindler, Deanna Okun-Nachoff, Marvin Moses, Vance Langford, and Paul Hesse.
As a benefit of CBA membership, the brochure is now available for Section members to download in either print or electronic format. The various formats allow you to supplement your own marketing initiatives using different mediums. The electronic version may be embedded as an add-on to your own company website. The print version, with space to stamp your name and contact information, may be displayed in your office or distributed at seminars.
Download the brochure (CBA login required)
We hope you will find these tools useful.
Joshua B. Sohn
Chair, National Immigration Law Section
Barbara (BJ) Caruso
Chair, Public Relations Committee
CBA says Bill C-31 raises serious concern about excessive ministerial discretion
For more information please see the press release
CBA Young Lawyers International Program (YLIP) 2010-2013: Call for applications
The CBA has received funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to send eighteen (18) young Canadian lawyers for each of the three years to work with legal human rights and legal development organizations overseas.
For further information on the program and on how to submit your application, please visit the YLIP webpage.
Notice: Mailbox for Federal Skilled Worker Program
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CBA expresses appreciation for amendments to Bill C-11, Balanced Refugee Reform Act.
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Preamble and Moderator
The primary objective of the National Immigration Law listserv is to facilitate the sharing of information and ideas to assist members in their practices. It is recognized that the practice of citizenship and immigration law can at times be political by nature. However, in order to encourage full participation by all members, participants share a responsibility to be respectful of the broad diversity of opinions, personal backgrounds and practice areas of our members. Where possible, postings should be concise and repetition avoided. Participants are expected to balance the relevance and importance of any posting with its potential impact on other members. The integrity and effectiveness of the listserv is dependent on the professionalism and collegiality of all members.
The moderator for the National Immigration Law Section listserv is the Section’s Immediate Past Chair. You can find contact information for the Past Chair on the Contacts page.
The moderator does not censor or pre-vet individual postings, but rather is a mediator for disputes, an advisor for members who have questions about the appropriate use of the listserv, and a conduit for complaints which require further action by the CBA Chief Executive Officer or Executive Officers. The moderator has no formal role in the complaint or appeal process but is available as a resource person for members and for the CBA.
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