Ethical Red Flags in Immigration Law


Duty of Competence & Duty to maintain Confidentiality 
This topic may address Duty of Competence and Confidentiality which applies to articling student and Immigration Consultant, will be discussed.
Recognizing and being sensitive to clients’ circumstances, special needs, and intellectual capacity
Clients often come with different cultural background, language, socioeconomic status, or demeanour, and this can be quite common in the practice of immigration law. This topic can address how to properly serve clients with various background.
ICCRC: RCIC Code of Professional Ethics reference: Article 5 (Duty of Competence) and 8 (Duty to maintain confidentiality ) , possibly Article 7 (Advising Clients;), 6 (Quality of Service), or 11 (Withdrawal from Representation), etc.

Title of Program:    Ethical Red Flags in Immigration Law 

***Video Only***

Seminar ID:    ERF – 0619 

Accredited by Law Society Of Ontario” for professionalism content credits

(4 CPD Credits  Approved by ICCRC)

Format:           Video Only

Language:          English

Provider:            Immigration Learning & Information Centre, IMLIN

Event Date:     June 20, 2019

Event Time:    2:00pm – 5:15pm ET                         

Expiry Date:    December 27, 2021


This topic addresses rules on communication with witnesses who are testifying at a proceeding, depending on different scenarios (i.e. examination-in-chief, cross-examination, or re-examination).

*LSO: Rules of Professional Conduct reference: 5.4 (Communication with Witnesses Giving Evidence)

*ICCRC: No directly equivalent rule found in RCIC Code of Professional Ethics, except for Article 10 (The Member as Advocate; page 10 of the Code)

Presenter:    Steven Tress, Barrister & Solicitor

Steven is  a Criminal Lawyer and Canadian Immigration Lawyer with a law practice in downtown Toronto,

Steven graduated from Osgood Hall Law School in 1986 and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1988.

With over 30 years experience, Steven represents clients in all types of immigration matters, both inside and outside Canada, as well as appeals from various types of decisions of Citizenship and Immigration Canada or the Canada Border Services Agency to the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Steven represents clients charged with all types of criminal offenses and conduct trials in all levels of courts, as well as conviction and/or sentence appeals. I also represent clients at bail hearings, bail reviews, and bail pending appeal.

Steven is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a member of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Steven has lectured for various Criminal Law and Immigration Law programs, as well as served as an instructor at Herzing College’s Paralegal Program, Academy of Learning Immigration Consultant Program and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course.

At Steven’s firm, keeping up with recent developments in the law and procedures is essential to providing quality representation and ensuring desirable results. Client communication is important to Steven. If he is not available to speak with you personally when you call, you may leave a detailed and confidential message and he will return your call within 24 hours. In urgent cases, Steven will return your call on a priority basis.

Presenter:  Karen Kwan Anderson -Barrister & Solicitor

Karen is an Immigration Lawyer. She earned a BA in Sociology, Industrial Relations and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2001. After 3 years of personal injury practice, Karen found her true calling in immigration law with a focus on skilled worker and family sponsorship applications and litigation of deportation appeals. This is her 15th year in Canadian citizenship and immigration law practice. Understanding the challenges of individuals and families who face increasingly complex processes and requirements, Karen’s mission is to help individuals and families from diverse backgrounds immigrate to Canada, reunite families in Canada, prevent deportation, ensure fairness in immigration proceedings and fearlessly advocate in the best interests of clients. Karen is a member of the Mississauga Law Chambers and Coach and Advisor Network of the Law Society of Ontario. She is a sponsor of the American Women’s Club of Southern Ontario.

Presenter:   Shandana Soheil – Regulated Canadian Immigration Counsel

Shandana is an Immigration Consultant. Her company “Canada Leaf Immigration” provides Canadian immigration and citizenship services to clients from all over the world. She teaches Immigration Law at CDI College in North York. Her distinct feature is that she likes to take challenging cases,

the cases that had previously been rejected, appeal hearings, HNC, Refugee, Self-Employed cases as well as family sponsorships.


Opening Remarks (10 Minutes)

ICCRC The Member as Advocate, LSO Communication with Witness    giving Evidence (25 Minutes)

ICCRC Duty of Good Faith, LSO Second Opinion, Responsibility to Lawyers and Others (25 Minutes)

LSO Referral fee, Referring to Immigration Lawyers (15 Minutes)

ICCRC Duty of Competence & Duty to maintain Confidentiality, LSO Duty of principal (35 Minutes)


ICCRC Advising Clients, Quality of Service & withdraw from Representation, LSO Competence, Quality of Service & Withdraw from Representation (35 Minutes)

Dealing with “Can I get free advice” situation, (15 Minutes)

Responsibility to ICCRC and Others, LSO How to make a Complaint (20 Minutes)

ICCRC Advising Clients & Withdrawal from Representation, LSO Dishonesty, Fraud, etc., by Client or Others (35 Minutes)

Duty to Report Misconduct (10 Minutes) 


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