Maureen Silcoff will survey the challenges faced by Canada’s inland refugee protection system, including:
- Irregular crossings: why people are crossing and how that affects the Refugee Protection Division
- Canada’s political climate: why the situation is portrayed as a crisis and what that means for refugee claimants
- Minister Hussen’s efficiency review committee
- Legal aid challenges
- Efficiency measures by Refugee Protection Division
Maureen is a partner at Silcoff, Shacter, Barristers & Solicitors in Toronto, ON. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and has practiced immigration and refugee law since 1988, spending 5 years as a Member of Immigration and Refugee Board.
Maureen is the co-chair of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers’ Litigation Committee and she is the recipient of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers advocacy award for 2012. She was involved in the legal challenges to the interim federal health care policy and the designated country of origin law. Recently, Maureen led the Access to Justice campaign for the Refugee Lawyers Association in response to a threat to suspend legal aid services to refugee claimants.
Maureen teaches refugee law in the University of British Columbia’s Extended Learning program.
Maureen is a frequent speaker at conferences and community events.
The MBA Legal Research Section is co-hosting an event with the Robson Hall Career Development Office examining the value of undertaking a LL.M. degree. A panel of members from the legal community, including practitioners, academics and current students, will be sharing their experiences with undertaking a LL.M. degree and discussing the value that this graduate study work has had for their legal careers. The event will conclude with a Q & A session involving all panelists. Lunch will be provided.
Confirmed panelists include:
- Melanie Bueckert, LL.M., Legal Research Counsel, Manitoba Court of Appeal
- Andrew MacSkimming, LL.M., Legal and Strategic Advisor, A.H. MacSkimming Law Office
- Oluwaseyi Adebayo, LL.M. Student, Robson Hall Faculty of Law
- Dr. Donn Short, Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Robson Hall Faculty of Law
Jean Teillet, a great grand-niece of Louis Riel, is writing a popular history of Riel’s People, the Métis Nation of the North-West. The book covers a two hundred year period and seeks to tell the history from the perspective of the Metis. The talk will feature a discussion about Riel family documents not in the public domain and a brief reading of the draft book, which is scheduled to be published in 2019 by Harper Collins.
Jean Teillet, IPC, OMN (B.F.A., LL.B., LL.M.), Counsel (former partner) to the firm of Pape Salter Teillet LLP. Ms. Teillet’s legal career has focused on Indigenous rights. She is the chief negotiator for the Stó:l? Xwexwilmexw treaty in BC and has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada in eleven aboriginal rights cases. She is widely published and is the author of Métis Law in Canada. Harper Collins will publish Ms. Teillet’s popular history of the Métis Nation in 2019. She is an adjunct professor of law at UBC. She is on the board of Indspire, Save the Children Canada and the Association for Canadian Studies. The Indigenous Bar Association awarded Ms. Teillet the title of “Indigenous Peoples Counsel”. She has three honorary doctorates: Guelph University (2014), the Law Society of Upper Canada (2015) and University of Windsor (2017). The Métis National Council awarded Jean its highest honour, the “Order of the Metis Nation”. She is appointed to the Interim Board for National Reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation advisory committee for the Federation of Law Societies. In January of 2018 Ms Teillet will be awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross.
Robson Hall Faculty of Law welcomes two very special guest speakers during the first week of March. Both are lawyers who have practiced, written and focused their respective life works in the areas of Indigenous Law and History.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., Moot Courtroom B, Robson Hall
The Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series presents Jean Teillet, speaking on “Writing the History of Riel’s People.” Read more.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., Moot Courtroom B, Robson Hall
The 9th Annual DeLLoyd J. Guth Visiting Lecture on Legal History presents Hamar Foster Q.C., speaking on “Emily Carr’s Klee Wyck, Indigenous Activism & the Law on British Columbia’s Northwest Coast, 1906 – 1928.” Read more.
Hamar Foster, Q.C., has worked for forty years as a research scholar and teacher, an expert witness and litigator. He will compare the Law’s evidence of RCMP reports with the Artist’s perspective in “Kitwancool”, Emily Carr’s story in her famous book, Klee Wyck (1941), a memoir of her travels in BC and of her encounters and relationships with First Nations people.
A member of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law since 1978, Hamar Foster was promoted to professor in 1993 and was associate dean from 1998 to 2000. Over the course of his legal career, he has been a Commonwealth Scholar and Woodrow Wilson Fellow, served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of British Columbia, and together with two classmates, established the firm of Prowse, Williamson & Foster. While teaching at UVic, he continued to practice law part-time until the early 1990s, focusing primarily on criminal Legal Aid work. He has taught Legal Process, Property, Criminal Law, The Law of Evidence, Legal History and Aboriginal Law.
Professor Foster has written extensively on comparative criminal law, the legal history of the fur trade, BC legal history and Aboriginal law. Most recently he co-edited the collections: The British Columbia Court of Appeal, 1910-2010, a special issue of BC Studies (2009) with UVic Law colleague John McLaren and Wes Pue at UBC; The Grand Experiment: Law and Legal Culture in British Settler Societies (2008), with UVic Law colleague Benjamin Berger and A.L. Buck of Macquarie University in Australia; and Let Right Be Done: Aboriginal Title, the Calder Case, and the Future of Indigenous Rights (2007), with UVic Law colleagues Jeremy Webber and Heather Raven. An article recounting his experiences testifying as an expert witness in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. BC entitled “One Good Thing: Law, Elevator Etiquette and Aboriginal Rights Litigation in Canada”, was published in June 2010 in The Advocates’ Quarterly.
Professor Foster was a member of the Akitsiraq Law School faculty in Nunavut in 2002 and a resident Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society from 2000 to 2001. He is a founding member and director of the International Society for the Promotion of the Public Interest of Lawyer Independence.