Immigration Issues in Depth 2019


Course Date: December 6, 2019

Full Course Materials
Total: 5h 9min
Total Ethics: 1h

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Laura A. Best Embarkation Law Corporation, Vancouver
Brett J. Nash 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 2019
  • discussion of recent developments in other areas of the law that may impact immigration, refugee, and citizenship law practice
  • trends, highlights, and lowlights in recent jurisprudence and what is expected in 2020

Laura A. BestEmbarkation Law Corporation, Vancouver
Professor Cristie Ford
Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver
Darren McLeod Legal Counsel, IRB, Vancouver
Banafsheh Sokhansanj Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver

Break

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

  • updates from the IRB
  • Q & A session with the IRB

Becky Chan Acting Coordinating Member, Refugee Protection Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Paula Faber Acting Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Refugee Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Alice Tang Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver
Linda Taylor Assistant Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Appeal Division, Western Region, IRB, Vancouver

Networking Lunch (provided)

Legislative and Policy Updates

  • caregiver program
  • changes to the Immigration Refugee Protection Act
  • previously undisclosed family members
  • options for vulnerable workers and persons
  • biometrics/entry and exit regulations
  • College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Act

Jocelyne Mui Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver
William Tao
Edelmann & Company Law Corporation, Vancouver

Federal Court Practice Primer

  • best practices and common pitfalls in Federal Court citizenship, immigration, and refugee proceedings
  • view from the registry, new practitioner, and experienced counsel

Amanda Dunn Federal Court Registry, Vancouver
Helen Park Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver
Kay Scorer
Scorer Law Corporation, Vancouver

Break

Resolving Ethical Dilemmas

  • incompetence of counsel allegations
  • working with consultants
  • limited retainers
  • unbundling of legal services

Moderator: Laura A. Best Embarkation Law Corporation, Vancouver
Adrienne Denham
LeBeau Law Corporation, Coquitlam
Sandra E. Weafer
— Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver

View from the Bench

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

The Honourable Paul Favel Federal Court, Ottawa