Canadian/American Attorneys – Business/Social Events

To all of the members of the Canadian American Bar Association (CABA), Happy Canada Day/Independence Day Weekend!!!

We have several upcoming social/business networking events in the U.S. and Canada that you will want to attend and meet other attorneys who are in-house, in private practice or government. We also have several other matters to report, including our open membership to Canadian attorneys with an American affiliation and our sponsorship of numerous Canadian and American law firms.


Last week CABA sponsored an event at the Canadian Consul General’s Residence in Los Angeles to celebrate Canada Day and a new Cirque du Soleil Los Vegas type showed opening up in LA for a multi-year run at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles (home to the Academy Awards). Pictures from the event will be posted on our website at We had a good turn out from local members.


On Thursday August 4th CABA will sponsor, at the Martini Bar at the Pantages Hotel in Toronto, a social event of CABA members and their guests from 5-8 p.m. ( The event coincides with the ABA conference being held in Toronto that week and we are looking forward to getting a good turn-out from ABA members as well. If any law firm is interested in co-hosting the event, please write to me at The event is free so come on out! Hosts are CABA’s Canadian Representative Daniel Bourque (Senior Corporate Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Xerox Canada) and CABA Treasurer and Secretary Sarah Robertson (Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, New York). Further information can be obtained from Sarah at


On Thursday July 21, at the City Club in downtown L.A. (down the street from the Disney Concert Hall), CABA and Canadians Abroad will be hosting a wine and heavy appetizers event for both groups. The best views of Los Angeles and Hollywood can be seen from this top floor of the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets at $15 can be obtained through the Canadians Abroad website ( or contact me at

NEW YORK CITY and COSTA MESA (Orange County)

We are planning social/networking events in NYC and Costa Mesa California this fall. Further information to follow.


Congratulations to Valerie Lynn Hanna who wrote, produced and starred in the short film “Jinx No More” which won an Award of Excellence as well as Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay prizes in the television category of the LA Movie Awards II!!! The film also received an Award of Merit from the Accolade International Film and Television Awards in the short film category. Valerie currently resides in Los Angeles and runs her own law practice.


We are sad to report the death of one of our members. Keith Kuhn was born on September 26, 1957 in Buffalo, NY and passed away November 15, 2010 in Seattle, WA. Keith was an attorney with the firm Lee Smart, PS, Inc. and was admitted to the Bars of B.C., Ontario, New York and Washington. He attended McMaster University (B.A. 1979) and U.B.C Law (L.L.B. 1993). Keith is survived by his wife Nicole, and children Ethan, Naomi, Levi and Asher. An education fund for his 4 children has been established and donations can be made to the “Keith J. Kuhn Memorial Fund” at any US Bank Branch.


To date CABA has 13 law firm sponsors and one law school (Dalhousie). Since our last announcement Gowlings, Gilberts, McMillan, Miller Canfield and Stikeman Elliott have joined to sponsor us. Corporate sponsorships are $300 annually and provide 4 free attorney memberships plus promotion with your logo and link on our website and materials. For further information please see our website at


CABA sponsors an annual $500 essay competition that is open to any law student in Canada or the U.S. as well as articling students in Canada. If any law firm is interested in co-sponsoring the prize, the award will reflect that sponsorship. If interested please contact me at


As members please feel free to post on our website – articles, notices, job opening, board appointments, promotions, law firm news, awards etc. In checking your personal profile on our website, if you notice that the information (or your picture) is out of date, please contact me and I will have it updated. Please note that only members who have currently paid their $35 annual due (or are a member of a law firm who is one of our co-sponsors) will have access to the members area starting August 1, 2011.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!!

David McFarlane – President, Canadian American Bar Association

July 3, 2011 |
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