Educational and AGM – Nov. 30, 2017

CHANGE OF LOCATION:
CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION, 192 SPADINA (QUEEN & SPADINA), ATRIUM ROOM, TORONTO, ONTARIO— WEST SIDE OF SPADINA

CPD ACCREDITATION

3.25 hours (substantive hours)

AGENDA

5pm – 5.45pm DISCUSSION OF MPSEP V. TRAN
Speaker: Justice Justice O’Reilly, Justice – Federal Court of Canada
Moderator: Leigh Salsberg

-Standard of Review
-Conditional Sentence Orders as “Terms of Imprisonment” under IRPA
-Retrospective application in the immigration context of amendments to criminal statutes
-Broader implications, next steps and strategies in cases affected by the decision

5.45 pm -6.30 pm INTERSECTIONS OF CRIMINAL AND IMMIGRATION LAW: WORKING WITH CRIMINAL DEFENCE COUNSEL

Speaker: Peter Edelmann, Edelmann & Co. Law Offices
Moderator: Leigh Salsberg

-Pre-conviction: strategies for plea resolution, agreements on charges, sentences, agreed statements of fact.
-Sentencing: R.v.Pham – taking into consideration of immigration consequences at sentencing, writing expert immigration opinions for a criminal court
-Post-conviction relief: conviction and sentence appeals, withdrawal of guilty pleas, pardons and record suspensions.
6.30pm – 6.50pm Light Dinner Will Be Served

6.50pm – 7.40pm EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INADMISSIBILITY ON SECURITY GROUNDS, AND SECTION 34

Speaker : Ronald Poulton, Poulton Law office
Moderator : Leigh Salsberg

– Developments in definitions of membership, danger to security and terrorism
– Impact of SCC decision in Ezokola on complicity findings
– criminality and how to demonstrate rehabilitation at IAD

-Standard of review in Federal Court for Immigration Division decisions under s.34 of IRPA

7.40pm – 8.10pm Q&A SESSION

8.10pm – 8.30pm RLA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

REGISTRATION FEES:

RLA Members – $50

Non-Members- $75

Students- $25

Articling Students- $25

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CONFERENCE MATERIALS AND RECORDING
Presentation materials will be made available to all conference participants by email within the week leading up to the conference.

A recording of the conference will be made available online to all participants within a few weeks after the conference.

PAYMENT:
Please pay via Paypal on the RLA website. / Veuillez payer avec paypal sur le site
internet de la RLA. https://rlaontario.wordpress.com/payment-page-rla-workshops-and-educationals/

Payment by cheque is also accepted. Cheques can be mailed to / Le paiement par
chèque est aussi accepté. Les chèques peuvent être envoyés à:

Refugee Lawyers Association
c/o Lani Gozlan, Barrister & Solicitor
603-10 St. Mary Street
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1P9

If you require assistance with the fees, please contact Lani Gozlan at lani@lanigozlan.com
Si vous avez besoin d’aide avec les frais, veuillez contacter Lani Gozlan à lani@lanigozlan.com
If you are not a member of the RLA, you can sign up on the RLA Ontario website. Annual Membership costs are $75.00 for lawyers and observers and $25 for students.
http://sevres-babylone.com/rlamembershipapp2016.pdf

WEBCAST
—- More information to come

SPEAKERS:

THE HONOURABLE JAMES O’REILLY
Born on November 13, 1955 in St. Catharines, Ontario. Education at the University of Western Ontario, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and University of Ottawa. Admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1985. Consultant to the Law Reform Commission of Canada from 1984-1988; Counsel at Department of Justice from 1988-1989; Sole practitioner from 1989-1997; Executive Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada, 1997-2002; Associate Executive Director of the National Judicial Institute, 2002. Appointed Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division and ex officio member of the Court of Appeal, December 12, 2002. Since July 2, 2003, the date of the coming into force of the Courts Administration Service Act, he is now Judge of the Federal Court.

RONALD POULTON
Ronald Poulton has worked for the United Nations in refugee protection, human rights investigations and as legal adviser to the UN peacekeeping operations in Tajikistan in Central Asia. He has appeared as counsel in some of the landmark immigration cases in constitutional, security & terrorism related matters, at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been a regular speaker at the Canadian Bar Association and other conferences, has taught immigration law and was called to testify before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Immigration and before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. He is a board member of the Toronto Bail Program board of directors. He has written and published two books, the second of which – Pale Blue Hope – depicts his work in UN peacekeeping operations in Cambodia in 1992 and in Tajikistan in 1999. He continues to practice immigration law in Toronto.

PETER EDELMANN
Peter Edelmann has a practice focused primarily on litigation and appeals in the areas of immigration and refugee law, extradition and criminal defence. He appears before all levels of the federal and provincial courts as well as the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has been an active member of the national Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association for several years and sits on the litigation committees of both the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the Canadian Council for Refugees. Peter regularly appears before Parliamentary committees and before the Supreme Court of Canada on issues related to criminality and national security in the immigration context. Peter is an instructor in the University of British Columbia Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP) program and co-hosts the Borderlines podcast (www.borderlines.ca).

RLA – Winter and Spring Educationals 2017

Since November’s AGM, where members heard from Raoul Boulakia on Test Case funding for challenging backlog/legacy cases, and Doyon Gold (Homewood Health, Member Assistance Program) and keynote speaker, Marley Mawhinney (Iyengar Yoga Centre) speaking about vicarious trauma and self-help and creating balance for refugee lawyers, the RLA held two members-only educational seminars in the winter and spring.

On February 28, 2017, Leigh Salsberg, Jacqueline Bonisteel, and Maureen Silcoff presentations on current issues around the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement.

Then, on May 10, 2017, the Honourable Justice Campbell, Richard Wazana, and Robert Blanshay spoke on emergency stays in Federal Court. Both Richard and Robert provided written materials for the attendees.

RLA Winter Educational

The Refugee Lawyers Association Winter Educational, held in Toronto on February 16, 2016, covered the importance of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions in Kanthasamy and B10 on refugee law advocacy.

Refugee Lawyers Association Winter Educational: Raoul Boulakia explores the implication of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions on inadmissibility cases
Raoul Boulakia explores the implication of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions on inadmissibility cases

Refugee Lawyers Association: Aviva Basman and Barbara Jackman discuss the implications on refugee law practice, especially humanitarian and compassionate applications, of the Supreme Court's Kanthasamy decision.
Aviva Basman and Barbara Jackman discuss the implications on refugee law practice, especially humanitarian and compassionate applications, of the Supreme Court’s Kanthasamy decision.

RLA AGM November 17, 2015

The Refugee Lawyers Association held it’s 2015 AGM at the CSI Annex in Toronto on November 17th.  The meeting featured a panel discussion with Barbara Jackman, Jean Marie Vecina, and Swathi Sekhar, about the Ontario Court’s Habeas Corpus jurisdiction over immigration detention matters, as well as a presentation by Ratna Omdivar about Lifeline Syria and the citizen-led initiative to get groups of residents in the Toronto area to sponsor 1000 refugees over the ext two years.

Barbara Jackman, Swathi Sekhar and Jean Marie Vecina discuss Habeas Corpus and immigration detention, at the RLA AGM, photo by ©j.martin/sevres-babylone
Barbara Jackman, Swathi Sekhar and Jean Marie Vecina discuss Habeas Corpus and immigration detention

The RlA executive for the upcoming year includes

Raoul Boulakia
Lani Gozlan
Pantea Jafari
Jack Martin
Dilani Mohan
Luis Antonio Monroy
Leigh Salsberg
Preevanda Sapru
Eve Sehatsadeh

What was in the 2014 RLA Members-Only Spring Educational – H&C

The Refugee Lawyer’s Association (RLA) is pleased to invite its members to an essential and informative panel on the latest developments in humanitarian and compassionate law. This area of immigration law has seen many legislative and practical changes in the past few years. Recent changes have impacted who may apply on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds and what factors may be taken into account for assessing such applications. The simultaneous overhaul of the refugee determination system has changed the immigration landscape for clients and for the lawyers advising them. Our panelists will discuss the many facets of the H&C, including:

o Admissibility Issues in H&C Applications

o Judicially Reviewing H&C refusals

o The latest Federal Court decisions on H&C Applications

o Invoking H&C considerations in Live in Caregiver Applications, IAD Appeals, and in overseas applications

o Narrowing the definition of hardship – Federal Court of Appeal Update on IRPA ss 25(1.3) and ‘risk’ in H&C Applications

o Tools for preparing a comprehensive H&C Application

Date: Monday, May 26, 2014
Location: 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1C7
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $50 for lawyers
$30 for students (pay by e-money transfer or by cash or cheque at the event)
Please note that this event is for RLA members only.

Panel:
Michael Battista, Jordan Battista LLP
Richard Wazana, Wazana Law
Barbara Jackman, Jackman and Associates
Sayran Sulevani, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic