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CABA Executive Appoints Director of Academic Outreach

The CABA executive is pleased to announce that it has appointed Joanna Langille to the position of Director of Academic Outreach. Joanna Langille is a Fellow with the Institute for International Justice at NYU School of Law and a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Her scholarship focuses on private international law and international trade law. She has worked as a consultant on crossborder trade law disputes, and was a summer associate at a major US law firm in Washington, DC. Joanna is licensed to practice in New York and Ontario. After completing her JD at NYU School of Law, she clerked for the Ontario Court of Appeal. Her prior degrees are from the University of Oxford (MPhil International Relations) and the University of Toronto.

May 11, 2017 |

CABA Announces Winner of Cross-Border Student Essay Contest

CABA is pleased to announce that Matthew Summers, a third year law student at the University of Alberta, has won CABA’s Cross-Border Student Essay Contest for 2016 with his essay, The Unfinished Reform of the Corruption of Public Officials Act ― The Need for American-Style Non-Criminal Enforcement in Canada.

As the winner for 2016, Matthew will receive a monetary prize of USD $500 from the sponsoring law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Congratulations Matthew!

December 21, 2016 |

CABA Files Submissions with the Supreme Court of Canada in Expat Voting Rights Appeal

On December 9, 2016, CABA filed its intervener submissions with the Supreme Court of Canada in Gillian Frank et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, a constitutional challenge of provisions in the Canada Elections Act that prevent Canadian citizens who have resided outside of Canada for more than five years from voting in Canadian elections. CABA’s position in the appeal is that the challenged restriction violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by depriving nonresidents of a core democratic right guaranteed to “every citizen of Canada.” In its intervener submissions, CABA emphasizes that the voting rights of citizens are not optional, and do not expire or wither away with time. The government’s creation of a hierarchy of rights-holders based on alleged differences in the legal burdens they face as Canadians undermines Canadian citizenship and ignores the globalized world in which Canadians live.

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument in the case for February 16, 2017. On December 5, 2016, the Attorney General of Canada filed a motion for adjournment on the grounds that a bill aimed at removing the challenged restriction is currently before Parliament and will render the appeal moot. If the Supreme Court agrees, it will leave intact a decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal that upheld the restriction as a matter of legislative policy falling within the discretion of Parliament.

Read CABA’s full submissions here.

Additional case information can be accessed on the Supreme Court of Canada docket: http://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/dock-regi-eng.aspx?cas=36645

December 13, 2016 |

CABA Executive Appoints Canada Representative

The CABA executive is pleased to announce that it has appointed Kristin Ali to the position of Canada Representative. Kristin is a lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. She practices commercial litigation with a focus on technology-related disputes. Kristin is also a member of the adjunct faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches an upper-year seminar on contract remedies. Kristin previously practiced in Boston for several years at a leading international law firm. Kristin is licensed to practice in Ontario and Massachusetts, and has common law and civil law degrees from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. After law school, she clerked for the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Kristin will work with the executive to oversee CABA’s operations in Canada.

December 13, 2016 |

CABA Continues Legal Fight for Expat Voting Rights before the Supreme Court of Canada

On October 14, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada granted CABA’s motion to intervene in Gillian Frank et al. v. Attorney General of Canada.  The case involves a constitutional challenge by two Canadian citizens living in the United States of provisions in the Canada Elections Act that deny the right to vote to Canadian citizens who have resided outside of Canada for more than five years.  As an intervening party in the appeal, CABA will have standing before the Court to advance its position that the challenged provisions violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by establishing a second-class of Canadian citizenship based on the incorrect assumption that long-term expatriates have, in the words of the lower court, “severed their connections to Canada in the pursuit of their livelihoods.”  CABA’s written submission are due on December 9, 2016.  The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral argument in the case in February of next year.

Additional case information can be accessed on the Supreme Court of Canada docket: http://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/dock-regi-eng.aspx?cas=36645

October 18, 2016 |

CABA Executive Meet and Greet

Come join the CABA Executive for breakfast at Morandi Restaurant, 211 Waverly Place, New York NY, at 8:30 A.M. on Thursday, October 13, 2016. The Executive will be happy to share their plans about CABA events for the coming months and hear your feedback about the organization. Hope to see you there!

October 11, 2016 |
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