New CABA Officers Elected


CABA is pleased to announce that on July 15, 2016, its membership elected a new executive comprised of President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer.

President: Ivo Entchev

Ivo Entchev is an attorney at Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP with a broad civil litigation and arbitration practice encompassing complex commercial disputes, international arbitration and intellectual property litigation. Ivo is licensed to practice law in New York and Ontario, and is trained in the common and civil law traditions. After graduating from the McGill Faculty of Law, he clerked for the Honorable Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Vice-President: Julia Starck Trudeau

Julia Starck Trudeau is an attorney admitted to practice in both New York and Quebec. Julia completed her articles at Fasken Martineau in Montreal and has worked as a litigator in a boutique litigation firm in New York City. Julia obtained her civil and common law degrees from McGill University in Montreal. During law school, Julia clerked for the Honorable Jean-Francois Buffoni at the Quebec Superior Court.

 Secretary-Treasurer: Mark Semotiuk

Mark Semotiuk is an attorney at Simpson Thacher LLP whose practice focuses on private equity real estate transactions. Mark is licensed to practice law in New York and California. He obtained his J.D. at Fordham University School of Law and his LL.M. at Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. Prior to attending law school, Mark earned a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Mark is originally from Edmonton, Alberta.


Director of Policy & Advocacy: Valerie Scott

The new executive appointed Valerie Scott to serve as CABA’s first Director of Policy & Advocacy. Valerie is an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Valerie’s practice focuses on commercial litigation. Valerie is licensed to practice law in New York and Quebec. She obtained a civil law degree from the University du Québec à Montréal and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Recent CABA Events

On April 20, 2016, CABA held a cross-border Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar in New York City as part of its ongoing initiative to deliver varied educational programming to its members. Former Southern District Court Justice Richard J. Holwell and Dan Sullivan of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg joined Jeff Galway and Kiran Patel of Blake, Cassels & Graydon for a panel discussion entitled “Lifting the Corporate Veil in the Recognition & Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: Approaches in the United States and Canada.” The event was moderated by Ivo Entchev of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg and included a welcome by outgoing CABA President Sarah Robertson. The program concluded with a lively discussion, followed by a cocktail. The evening was presented by Dorsey & Whitney.

2016-04-20 CLE event

Dean of NYU Law to Attend CABA NY Networking Event on November 12th

Trevor Morrison, who is currently the Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, will attend the upcoming CABA New York networking event on Thursday November 12th from 6-8, along with members of the Canadian Consulate.  

Mr. Morrison was previously the Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he was also faculty co-director of the Center for Constitutional Governance and faculty co-chair of the Hertog Program on L

aw and National Security. He spent 2009 in the White House, where he served as associate counsel to President Barack Obama.  Mr. Morrison received a B.A. (hons.) in history from the University of British Columbia in 1994, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1998.

For more information on Mr. Morrison, please see

We look forward to seeing all of our NY members and friends at the event.  For event details, please click here.

Chloe Ince-Ingram wins the CABA’s 2015 Student Essay Competition for her essay “No Retreat, No Surrender: A Comparative Analysis of Justifiable Homicide in the U.S. & Canada”



The CABA is happy to announce that Chloe Ince-Ingram, a student at Florida A&M University College of Law, has been selected as the winner of the CABA’s 2015 Student Essay Competition for her essay “No Retreat, No Surrender: A Comparative Analysis of Justifiable Homicide in the U.S. & Canada.”  Congratulations Chloe.



Professor Bernard Receives the CABA’s John D. Lawson Award

January 8, 2015
New York, NY
The Canadian American Bar Association announced today that the John D. Lawson Award will be awarded to Bernard Hibbitts, Publisher and Editor in Chief of JURIST, the award-winning, law student-powered legal news service that he created at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he has served as a Professor of Law since 1996.  The Award recognizes Canadians who have excelled in the practice of law and/or made an outstanding contribution to the law or legal scholarship in the United States.
A Canadian Rhodes Scholar born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bernard Hibbitts studied law at Oxford, Dalhousie Law School, the University of Toronto, and Harvard Law School (LLM 1988), where he was Associate Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. He is a former law clerk to Justice Gerald LeDain of the Supreme Court of Canada. He created the site that became JURIST in 1996.  Hibbitts has addressed multiple academic and professional audiences in the United States and Canada. His scholarship has been published in Law and History Review, New York University Law Review, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, University of Toronto Law Journal, McGill Law Journal, Law Library Journal, Serials Review, Wired magazine and elsewhere, and is widely available on the Internet. Two of his articles on the historical connections between American and Canadian lawyers and legal cultures have been included in volumes published by the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.  
“Professor Hibbitts exemplifies the dedication to legal scholarship through academic achievement and innovation in teaching and communication that the John D. Lawson Award recognizes,” said Sarah Robertson, President of the Canadian American Bar Association.  
The Canadian American Bar Association (CABA) is an association of American and Canadian lawyers and Foreign Legal Consultants with strong cross-border ties either through citizenship, education or professional designation.  Members include in-house counsel, attorneys in private practice, government lawyers, law school faculty and law students. CABA maintains ever-growing ties with Canadian and American national, state and provincial bar associations and has a committed focus on educational, business networking and social activities for its members.

Membership Renewal – 2015

It’s that time of year to renew your membership to the Canadian American Bar Association for 2015

To renew, please visit here and pay your membership dues.  If you joined in the last two months, we’ll consider your dues as extending through 2015.  Note, there are no membership dues for students and professors.

Please also take this moment to review our Member Directory to confirm your profile is up to date.  You can email any profile changes to me at

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New York Networking Cocktail Reception (March 13, 2014)

The Canadian American Bar Association invites its members and their guests to a New York Networking Cocktail Reception

Thursday, March 13, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Special Guest
Jean-Philippe Linteau of the Consulate General of Canada in New York will discuss the Consulate’s current initiatives with the private sector in the investment, innovation and energy areas.

Offices of Dorsey & Whitney LLP
51 West 52nd Street, at 6th Avenue
9th Floor
New York, NY

Please RSVP to:

“Join the Cross-Border Legal Conversation”

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