New York, New York, April 30, 2021: The Canadian American Bar Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Lanz as its Director of Policy and Advocacy. Julie brings a wealth of experience to CABA’s cross-border advocacy initiatives during a dynamic period for cross-border law and legal practice. Julie practiced in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s corporate restructuring department in New York for 10 years. She has represented a diverse client base in complex restructuring transactions, both in and out of court, many of which have included significant cross-border considerations. She completed her J.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School and clerked for the Hon. Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is licensed to practice in New York and Ontario.
On February 2, 2021, CABA’s partner organization, the Canada-United States Business Association, held its Ninth Annual Cross-Border Economic Forecast examining the outlook for economic and business activity on both sides of the border. This virtual seminar is replete with expert analysis and data-driven insights of an unprecedented time for industry actors and policy makers. It is a must watch for understanding the economic impact of the Pandemic from a cross-border perspective. A replay of the seminar is available here. Registration is required.
New York, NY, August 24, 2020: The Canadian American Bar Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Shashi Dholandas as CABA’s Director of Communications. Shashi is a litigation and arbitration attorney at Bailey Duquette P.C. in New York, where he provides counsel to clients in both international and domestic matters.
He previously served as a Director and as International Case Counsel with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and ICDR Canada. Born in Montreal, but raised in New Jersey, Shashi received his B.A. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Rutgers Law School. He is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and is an active member of the international arbitration community.
New York, NY, June 6, 2019: The Canadian American Bar Association (CABA) has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in voicing opposition to Bill 115 presently awaiting passage by the Ontario legislature. Bill 115 purports to unilaterally terminate a duly concluded contract between the Ontario government and several foreign private parties involved with The Beer Store without provision for compensation and while denying them all rights of action and remedies in legal proceedings. In a letter submitted to the Ontario Attorney General, CABA states its concerns that Bill 115 risks eroding public confidence in the rule of law, discouraging U.S. investment in Canada, and placing a chill on cross-border trade. CABA’s letter may be accessed here.
We are pleased to share that the CABA Happy Hour in NYC held on Thursday, May 23, was a success. Thank you to all who attended. Over the course of a few hours, participating firm and in-house cross-border lawyers mingled, enjoyed excellent food and drinks and discussed several new CABA projects, including further research and advocacy in the domain of Canadian rights and freedoms and other cross-border-focused initiatives. We are grateful for the support of Latham & Watkins LLP.
CABA expects to provide more social and networking opportunities to its members and advisory board in the months to come. We thank you for your continuing support of CABA and we ask that you remember to support the cross-border legal conversation by renewing your membership as and when it comes due, as well as share ideas on future priorities for CABA.
– For Immediate Release – New York, NY, January 11, 2019: The Canadian American Bar Association (CABA) is pleased with today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada in Frank v. Canada (Attorney General) protecting expat voting rights.
In a 5-2 ruling, the Court found that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadian expats from being disenfranchised on the basis of their non-residency in Canada.
CABA participated in the appeal as an intervener, and made both written and oral submissions before the Court.
The decision brings to an end a long legal battle to vindicate expats’ voting rights and overturns an Ontario Court of Appeal decision upholding electoral provisions—recently repealed by the Trudeau government—that generally denied the vote to expats after five years of non-residency.
In his majority reasons, the Chief Justice of Canada underscored the role that voting rights based on citizenship, rather than residency, play in defining the Canadian political community in the 21st Century: “… [T]he world has changed. Canadians are both able and encouraged to live abroad, but they maintain close connections with Canada in doing so. The right to vote is no longer tied to the ownership of property and bestowed only on select members of society. And citizenship, not residence, defines our political community and underpins the right to vote.”
In describing the effects that disenfranchisement has on expats, the Court recognized the perspective that CABA and other interveners placed before the Court: “Denial of the right to vote, in and of itself, inflicts harm on affected citizens; proof of additional harm is not required. The disenfranchisement of long-term non-resident citizens not only denies them a fundamental democratic right, but also comes at the expense of their self-worth and their dignity.”
This ruling marks an important milestone in CABA’s mission to promote cross-border professional mobility and understanding. It intends to continue its efforts to further these important objectives, including through public advocacy and carefully selected interventions.
New York, NY, December 12, 2018: The Canadian American Bar Association (CABA) has submitted a letter to the United States Congress to share its concerns regarding the amendment included in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill in the House Appropriations Committee sponsored by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) (the “Yoder Amendment”), which aims to eliminate the per-country cap for employment-based immigrant visas.
CABA believes that the Yoder Amendment threatens to impede the free movement of highly skilled Canadian workers to the United States and to cause harm to American businesses operating in cross-border industries, such as law and financial services, that support trade and other cross-border economic activity.
CABA supports the removal of the Yoder Amendment and urges the adoption of more comprehensive and equitable immigration reform that would best meet the needs of American businesses across all sectors, including those engaged in cross-border industries.
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