Michael Bossin awarded the Sidney B. Linden Award
Updated on: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Toronto – Legal Aid Ontario has selected Michael Bossin as the 2010 recipient of the Sidney B. Linden Award, which honours exceptional individuals who demonstrate a commitment to ensuring access to justice for low-income people.
For thirty years, Mr. Bossin has dedicated his legal career to serving low-income clients, particularly immigrants and refugees, as a staff lawyer and clinic director in the community legal clinic system.
Some of Mr. Bossin’s many accomplishments include his extensive work at the Immigration and Refugee Board, Federal Court and his work as co-counsel in Aden – a groundbreaking case that led to changes in the law, allowing undocumented refugees to find alternative means of establishing their identity for permanent residency. He has also published several articles , co-authored a book on refugee advocacy to be printed in 2011, and served as the president of Amnesty International from 2000- 2002.
Currently, Mr. Bossin works as a staff lawyer at Community Legal Services Ottawa, where he helps vulnerable refugee claimants and clients who have trouble finding representation. He is also a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Law School, where he has taught immigration and refugee law for the past 14 years. When asked how he felt about the award, Mr. Bossin says he was honoured and humbled.
“Our clients appreciate the work that we do, and that in itself is rewarding,” says Mr. Bossin. “To receive an award celebrating people who work in our field is amazing and spotlights the important work we do here.”
The Sidney B. Linden Award will be presented to Mr. Bossin at a ceremony to be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
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