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CABA’s Full Statement on the Conflict in Ukraine

– For Immediate Release –

New York, NY, March 14, 2022: As a cross-border bar association committed to the principle that a rule based international order is among the best tools we have to ensure peace, prosperity, and mutual respect across international borders, the Canadian American Bar Association is deeply concerned by Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful invasion of Ukraine and condemns it in the strongest terms.

When the United Nations was formed in 1945, the “suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace” was proclaimed as one of the organization’s founding purposes. Its charter made most uses of force illegal, aside from those authorized by the body’s Security Council “to maintain or restore international peace and security” and those undertaken in self-defense.

That rule-based international order, while admittedly flawed in its design and imperfect in its adherence, is a cornerstone of a civilized international arena that places limits on more powerful states and protects the community of sovereign nations from acts of aggression. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a repudiation of those principles and of the multinational organizations and legal institutions created to channel and resolve international conflict.

Lawyers on both sides of the Canada and U.S. border have not hesitated in taking action that address the legal and humanitarian ramifications of the unfolding Ukraine conflict, including in legal proceedings against Russia in the International Court of Justice and amendments to immigration rules aimed at accommodating fleeing refugees. CABA is supportive of these efforts and is exploring ways of addressing the unfolding crisis that are consistent with its values and cross-border mission.

Tenth Annual Cross-Border Economic Forecast

On February 1, 2022, CABA’s partner organization, the Canada-United States Business Association, held its Tenth Annual Cross-Border Economic Forecast examining the outlook for economic and business activity on both sides of the border. Once again, the virtual seminar offers rich analysis by industry participants and policy makers and is a must watch for cross-border legal professionals. A replay of the seminar is available here. [https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3595220/FC4729C410A0CDC8C998AED23EAAB569]

Registration is required.

CABA Appoints Director of Policy and Advocacy

– For Immediate Release –

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. 

Ninth Annual Cross-Border Economic Forecast

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.

CABA Appoints Director of Communications

– For Immediate Release –

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.

CABA Granted Leave To Intervene in Supreme Court of Canada Appeal Affecting International Arbitration

– For Immediate Release –

New York, NY, October 9, 2019: The Canadian American Bar Association (CABA) has been granted leave to intervene in Uber v. Heller, an appeal pending before the Supreme Court of Canada.

This appeal has important consequences for the institution of international arbitration, a dispute resolution tool that underpins transnational commercial dealings.

CABA is not supporting either party to the appeal and seeks to assist the Court by providing a cross-border perspective on the legal issues before it.

CABA is represented by Caza Saikaley in Ottawa.

CABA Rooftop Happy Hour at VICE

CABA Rooftop Happy Hour at VICE

The Canadian American Bar Association is hosting a small gathering and happy hour on the VICE rooftop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this Thursday.

This event will be an opportunity to discuss recent CABA initiatives, including CABA’s Cross-Border Legal Research Program.

A huge thank you to VICE, an innovative media company with proud Canadian roots, for hosting us on its exclusive rooftop.

As spaces for this event are limited, we ask that you please RSVP as soon as possible and notify us of any cancellations. All attendees will be cleared with security prior to the event.

WHEN

September 26, 7-9 pm

WHERE

VICE
49 S 2nd St. Brooklyn, NY
Please RSVP to events@canambar.com
We look forward to seeing you at the event!

The CABA Executive

Ivo Entchev President
Julian Wright Vice-President
Mark Semotiuk Secretary Treasurer
Julie Lanz Director of Policy and Advocacy
Arielle Wasserman Director of Events and CLE Programming
Kristin Ali Canada Representative
Joanna Langille Director of Academic Outreach

CABA Submits Letter Opposing Bill 115 with the Attorney General of Ontario

– For Immediate Release –

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.

CABA Holds Mixer for Cross-Border Lawyers in NYC

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.

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