Immigration Issues in Depth 2017


Course Date: December 01, 2017

Course Agenda ▼

Welcome and Introduction

Laura A. Best Embarkation Law Corporation, Vancouver
R. Keith Reimer Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver

Jurisprudence Update: Administrative and Immigration Law

  • review of key Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada immigration, refugee and citizenship decisions in 2017
  • discussion of recent developments in administrative law that may impact immigration, refugee and citizenship law practice
  • trends, highlights and lowlights in recent jurisprudence, and what is expected in 2018

Professor Mary Liston Peter A. Allard School of Law, Allard Hall, University of BC, Vancouver 
Banafsheh SokhansanjDepartment of Justice Canada, Vancouver 
Laura A. BestEmbarkation Law Corporation, Vancouver 

Networking Break 

Vignettes from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

  • updates and practice tips from the ID, IAD, RPD, and RAD

Lynne Cunningham — Acting Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Douglas Fortney Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver 
Karin Michnick — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Protection Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver 
Alice Tang — Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver

Networking Lunch 

Different Perspectives on Immigration Issues

  • international law perspective
  • aboriginal law perspective
  • prison law perspectives
  • incorporating different perspectives into immigration arguments

Professor Efrat ArbelPeter A. Allard School of Law, Allard Hall, University of BC, Vancouver
Brett C. MarleauDepartment of Justice Canada, Vancouver 
Erica OlmsteadEdelmann & Co. Law Offices, Vancouver 

Crossing the Border 

  • privacy, confidentiality, and privilege issues at the border
  • preclearance and the impact of Bill C-23
  • practice tips

Michael LucasManager, Policy and Legal Services, Law Society of BC, Vancouver 
Meghan McDermott —  BC Civil Liberties Association, Vancouver 

Networking Break 

Thinking Outside the Courtroom — Media and other Non-Legal Approaches

  • working with your MP and the media
  • practice tips and tools

David P. BallJournalist, Metro News, Vancouver
Calvin KuahConstituency Assistant, Jenny Kwan’s Office, Vancouver
Richard KurlandKurland, Tobe, Vancouver 

View From the Bench 

  • immigration workload and scheduling
  • certified questions
  • recent and ongoing cases of note

The Honourable Michael D. MansonFederal Court, Ottawa

Total: 5h 33min