Register now for the 2016 Refugee Law Office Conference!

Friday May 27, 2016

All-day event on June 24th, in-person and online
8:30 a.m. - 4:30  p.m.

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is developing a strategy to identify the legal needs and to protect the legal rights of racialized communities in the justice system.

The Refugee Law Office (RLO) and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is pleased to present the 22nd annual Refugee Law Office Conference, taking place again on the 26th floor of 1 Dundas Street West inside the Osgoode Professional Development Centre.

This year we're excited to bring you a fantastic lineup of speakers and panelists discussing a wide range of topics pertaining to refugee law.

Free of charge!

LAO refugee panel lawyers (and their articling students), LAO-funded legal clinic staff and LAO employees, can use the promotion code freeRLO22 or use this link for registering to have the conference fees waived! $50 fee for all others.

Eventbrite - 22nd Annual Legal Aid Ontario Refugee Law Office Conference

Online and in-person

Participate online through our webcast, or come in-person. Note: space is limited and will be prioritized for LAO refugee panel members and clinic lawyers. The webcast will be available for 30 days for all webcast registrants and then permanently archived online at LAO LAW for panel members, clinic staff and LAO employees.

CPD hours!

This conference has been accredited by the LSUC for one hour of professionalism content and is also eligible for five hours and 30 minutes of substantive content.

Presentation and panel highlights


  • Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jennifer Bond, University of Ottawa, reflecting on where we have been and where we are going in refugee advocacy in Canada
  • Stuart Mutch former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board, on effective oral submission
  • Dr. Janet Cleveland, McGill University, on mental health and detention
  • Cathy Tempesta, Office of the Children’s Lawyer, on Intersections between Family and Refugee Law
  • Lina Anani, Prasanna Balasundaram, Dilani Mohan, Maureen Silcoff, John Norquay, and Tim Wichert on various issues of credibility and quality representation at the RPD
  • Angus Grant presents his annual roundup of notable Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court jurisprudence
  • Anthony Navaneelan on Intersections between Criminal and Refugee Law


  • Credibility and Quality Representation at the Refugee Protection Division: BOC drafting, hearing preparation, ministerial interventions, social media and credibility, examining claimants on redirect, effective oral submissions, most important case law on credibility
  • Immigration Detention Nuts and Bolts
  • Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • Intersections between Family and Immigration Law
  • Issues in U.S. Asylum and Immigration Law as they pertain to Canadian practice


Conference information

John Norquay
Barrister and Solicitor, Refugee Law Office
Legal Aid Ontario
Tel. (416) 977-8111, ext.7180

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