On June 27, 2018, the Legal Aid Ontario Refugee Law Conference was held at the Jackman Law Building at the University of Toronto.

In the spirit of legal excellence and to benefit from the discussion of the wide range of topics regarding the evolving state of refugee law in Canada, Levine Associates attended the Conference. The firm was represented by (from right to left) Ms. Diane Coulthard, Mr. Lev Abramovich, Ms. Olha Senyshyn and articling student Ms. Amna Bhatti.


Listening to esteemed speakers like Dr. Hilary Evans Cameron and RPD Deputy Chairperson Shereen Benzvy Miller, allowed the attendees to explore the wide array of challenges in refugee law. The lawyers shared strategies and ideas for dealing with challenging circumstances and helping to shape the future of the refugee system in Canada.

Mr. Lev Abramovich, who specializes in immigration and refugee law, said regarding the conference:

“It is imperative to interact with other counsel and share ideas, to be inspired by the collective ethos of the immigration bar with respect to pushing forward with policy type litigation. Staying updated with regards to the latest law and policies helps ensure that the rights of those most vulnerable are protected. Being a part of the open atmosphere that exists within the bar is invigorating and a reminder that everybody works towards the common good.”

The Conference helped lawyers at Levine Associates enhance their professional development and build connections with refugee law community. Initiatives like this surely help lawyers and their staff find new ways to assist clients and improve the efficiency of the refugee system.