Junior Refugee & Immigration Lawyers Summit 2020

March 19, 2020 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Centre for Social Innovation – Annex
720 Bathurst St Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Statement Regarding Cancellation of JRILN Summit

In light of the recent news regarding COVID-19, we regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel the JRILN Summit. 

We will be refunding all ticket purchases via Eventbrite, and you should receive your refunds within the next several days.

The JRILN organizers have been following news about the global spread of COVID-19, as well as the evolving recommendations with respect to containing the spread of the virus. After careful consideration, it has become clear that the risk to our attendees, and ultimately to our clients, is too great. We believe that cancelling the Summit is the right thing to do given the international nature of our practices, and because many presenters and attendees are in contact with vulnerable people in our work and personal lives. We also wanted to ensure that no one who wished to attend in-person was unable to do so because attending presented an unacceptable risk to themselves or others.

Please be assured that we will reschedule our Summit once it is safe to do so; the amount of support and love the Summit received from all of you demands of us no less. 

Thank you all for your continued support,

Debbie, Enbal, Jenny, Rebecca, and Rui

JRILN Summit Organizers

About JRILN Summit 2020

Just beginning or completely new to the practice of refugee and immigration law? Have questions you need answered but wonder who to ask? Want to meet like-minded colleagues in a friendly atmosphere? The Junior Refugee and Immigration Lawyers Summit is for you.

Created for and by junior refugee and immigration lawyers, this conference will offer an open, informative, and supportive forum to discuss some of the most relevant issues for junior lawyers in the bar. The conference will cover basic but diverse topics about the practice such as what kind of written submissions to accompany your applications, how to keep your mental health in check while working in this field, and what to do when the sh*# hits the fan and your client is out of status.

Join fellow junior lawyers for a not-to-be-missed day of professional development and networking at this year’s Junior Refugee & Immigration Lawyers Summit on March 19th.

Conference Schedule:

Conference topics include:

  • Diversity Blitz! A facilitated discussion on diversity, representation, and race in the immigration and refugee profession.
  • Study & Work Authorization in Canada – a Primer
  • Mental Health & Client Skills – How to Manage Difficult Clients
  • Written Advocacy in Immigration, Refugee, and Litigation
  • Cross Examination in Immigration, Refugee, and Litigation
  • Effective Advocacy When the S&#t Hits the Fan

See full conference schedule.

Conference Speakers:

See full speaker biographies.

Conference Sponsors:

Clio is the world’s leading cloud-based technology platform that simplifies operations, grows businesses, and improves productivity for legal professionals. Learn more at www.clio.com.

Sprintforms is an online tool for immigration professionals that makes the form filling experience easier. They put immigration forms online so that professionals can collaborate easily with their clients. Their goal is to make the most tedious part of immigration, better

A not-for-profit charity, Windmill Microlending is a national lender for skilled immigrant professionals. Since 2005, over 5,000 newcomers have used Windmill to restart their career in Canada, with clients increasing their income 3.4x on average. Windmill can provide up to $15,000 in low or no-interest microloans towards costs such licensing exams, courses, certifications, and professional development. Windmill requires no Canadian credit history, employment, income, or co-signer – and is a great launching pad for your clients’ post-permanent residency goals. Refugees & protected person are also eligible for interest-free loans. Inquiries about a Windmill loan can be directed to www.windmillmicrolending.org to take a 30-second Eligibility Quiz. No in-person meeting required.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Drop us a line.

Event Details


March 19, 2020 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM


Centre for Social Innovation – Annex
720 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario

How much?

$20 CAD.