California Law School Scholarships

From time to time Canadian and American students write to CABA concerning knowledge of state scholarships for law school. The California Bar Foundation’s Diversity Scholarship seeks to support newly admitted law students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession who have committed to attend a California law school. Candidates apply for the Scholarship at the beginning of the summer prior to commencing their law school studies. The Scholarship helps pay the costs of obtaining a law school education, including tuition, fees, books, and related education expenses. Awards of up to $7,500 recognize incoming first year law students with financial need who demonstrate a desire to make a positive impact as a community leader. Since 2008, the Foundation has supported more than 90 law students with awards totaling more than $600,000 through the Diversity Scholarship.

All 2012 Diversity Scholarships will be awarded in person at a reception to be held in early October 2012 in Los Angeles. For more information about the scholarship, including an application, please see the Foundation’s website: or contact the Foundation’s Program.


David McFarlane

President, Canadian American Bar Association

Daniel Bourque – CABA’s Canadian Representative

Daniel  Bourque (Senior Corporate Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Xerox Canada Ltd.) and CABA’s Canadian Representative hosts our table at the Ontario – New York Legal Summit held in Toronto and Buffalo on March 28 and 29, 2012. 

CABA President Presents 2012 Award to Governor Granholm

David McFarlane, President of the Canadian American Bar Association, presents the 2012 John D. Lawson Award to former Governor Jennifer Granholm. 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 U.S. Jennifer Granholm, two-term Governor of Michigan until 2011 was born in British Columbia Canada and educated at UC Berkeley (Pol Sci) and Harvard (Law). She is currently lecturing at UC Berkeley. The award was presented to Governor Granholm on the set of her new Current TV show “The War Room”.

CABA President Award to Governor Granhom Feb. 2012

Winner of $500 Law Student Essay Competition

We are pleased to announce the winner of the $500.00 Canadian America Bar Association’s 2012 Law Student Essay Competition. Congratulations to Claire Gunner of McGill University Law School!!

Claire’s paper entitled “Disestablishment vs. Equality: Respective Approaches to the Issue of Coercion in Religious Freedom Cases by U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts” was selected as the winning entry.

This year’s Competition was sponsored by the firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Congratulations and we hope your interest and participation in the Canadian American Bar Association continues!

CABA joins LSUC, Ontario Bar and NY Bar at Legal Summit in Buffalo

The Canadian American Bar Association will be participating in an historic Legal Summit sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association, with the cooperation of the Law Society of Upper Canada, entitled “1 Legal System + 2 Jurisdictions = Infinite Opportunity” will take place on March 28, 2012 in Toronto and March 29, 2012 in Buffalo.

Register now for a unique and outstanding CLE Program covering cross-border topics of importance for lawyers involved in corporate, litigation or general practice. Learn how to expand and increase your practice to take advantage of the global opportunities available to you.
Plenary Session – “Professionalism and Access to Justice”

Honourable Warren K. Winkler, Chief Justice of Ontario
Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York
Laurie Pawlitza, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Earn Law Society of Upper Canada CPD credits:
• 4.75 Substantive Hours
• 1.75 Professionalism Hours
• 6.5 New Member Hours

Download the program brochure

Canadians Abroad Event – January 31st

Our friends at Canadians Abroad in southern California are having a business networking event and seminar on January 31st at the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica starting at 7 p.m. A link to the event is attached. I hope other CABA members will join me in attending this event.

We always welcome news and events of interest to our members. Please let me know about your upcoming events and I will post.

David McFarlane

2012 Membership Dues

Please Remember to pay your 2012 membership dues of $35.00 (U.S. funds). Payment can be made via PayPal at

Checks can be sent to the attention of Sarah Robertson, Secretary Treasurer. CABA, c/o Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 51 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019-6119.

Thank you!

David McFarlane
President, Canadian American Bar Association

Chief Justice of Canada – Pepperdine University (Malibu)

The Canadian American Bar Association (CABA) is pleased to lend its support to the 39th Annual Dinner for the Pepperdine University School of Law. The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada will be an honoured guest. The Annual Dinner is being held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Saturday February 18th. If interested in purchasing tickets, please go to

We hope to see many of our CABA members there.

Happy New Year.

David McFarlane. President, CABA

Governor Jennifer Granholm Receives CABA Award

The Canadian American Bar Association (CABA) is pleased to announce that Governor Jennifer Granholm (Michigan 2003-2011) is the recipient of the 2011 John D. Lawson award which recognizes attorneys who have made an outstanding contribution to the law or legal scholarship.

Governor Granholm was born in British Columbia, Canada, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and French and then received her J.D. from Harvard University. She was elected Attorney General of Michigan in 1998, becoming the first woman to hold that position (1999-2003), following which she was elected the first woman Governor of Michigan for two successive terms (2003-2011).

After leaving office due to term limits, Governor Granholm took a position at the University of California, Berkeley and with her husband, Daniel Mulhern, co-authored “A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Future”, released in September 2011.

Governor Granholm is a regular contributor to NBC’s political talk show, “Meet the Press” and is host of the new Current TV’s political program “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm”.

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Governor Granholm for her outstanding accomplishments and continuing work in the fields of law, legal scholarship and social justice.

David McFarlane
President, Canadian American Bar Association

2012 Membership Due

2012 Membership Due

As the year draws to a close, please renew your membership to the Canadian American Bar Association ($35). If your firm is a Corporate Sponsor your membership is free when your firm renews its $300 payment for 2012 (law schools ($250). Please either send a check to Sarah Robertson, Secretary Treasurer. CABA, c/o Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 51 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019-6119 or via Paypal at

Happy Holidays from Los Angeles,

David McFarlane, President

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