Federal Court

Lobat Sadrehashemi, Senior Counsel and Clinic Lead at the Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic in Vancouver, was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court today. Justice Sadrehashemi replaces Justice Boswell, who retired earlier this year.

From the government announcement (link):

She has appeared at all levels of the federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. She also worked for several years as staff lawyer at Pivot Legal Society, a legal non-profit in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and as staff lawyer at the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, working on systemic human rights and regulatory law issues facing low-income people.

From 2017 to 2019, Justice Sadrehashemi was the president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. In 2009-2010, she was chair of the refugee law subsection of the CBA, B.C. branch. She was also a member of the legal committee of West Coast LEAF. She has written and presented frequently on issues related to immigration and refugee law, access to justice, child protection, and human rights.