Monday, January 20, 2020
Members of the International and Immigration Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) met last week for a briefing with John Cruickshank, Consul General of Canada in Chicago. Among other matters, they discussed:
- the tragic flight shot down in Iran with many Canadians on board,
- the new trade agreement between Mexico, Canada, and the United States, and
- consular notification and access under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) and new Illinois legislation enacted to implement protections of the VCCR under Illinois law when foreign nationals are arrested or detained.
Pictured here (from left to right) are: Coleen Duke (Public Affairs Officer at the Consulate General of Canada); Susan Goldberg (UAW Legal Services and Secretary of the ISBA Section on International and Immigration Law); Tony Brown (Consular Program Manager at the Consulate General of Canada); Professor Cindy Buys (Interim Dean at the Southern Illinois University School of Law and former Section Chair); Canadian Consul General John Cruickshank; Professor Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School and former Section Chair); Section Vice-Chair Meaghan E. Vander Schaaf (Senior Associate at Barnes Richardson Global Trade Law Firm); and Monica Robson (Consul for Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Services at the Consulate General of Canada).
The Illinois State Bar Association is a voluntary organization of about 28,000 members. Its primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice. The ISBA engages in many important activities on behalf of the legal profession — among them proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts and the rule of law. The International and Immigration Law Section is one of the substantive law sections within the ISBA.