Our second conference took place on November 23rd, 2019 at the Toronto City Hall with over 150 high school students in attendance.

The theme of our conference was Immigration Law.


This year we had a diverse group of speakers present at our conference. The speakers had various levels of experience in the field of law. They provided valuable insight into the industry and drew on their personal experiences.

The panel was followed by a Q&A session. 



Maureen Silcoff graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1986. She is a partner at Silcoff Shacter and has been in private practice as an immigration and refugee lawyer since 1988, spending 5 years as a Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Maureen is the President of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. She has taught refugee law at UBC’s Extended Learning program and is a regular contributor to the Lawyers’ Daily. She was involved in test case litigation regarding refugee health care and designated countries of origin and has co-chaired several access to justice campaigns for legal aid funding. Maureen speaks regularly at conferences and community events.


The mentors led an informative workshop on Immigration Law and prepared the attendees for the mock trial. 

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.


The judges oversaw the mock trials and decided on a verdict. They provided the attendees with feedback on their performance so they are able to improve for future competitions.

Dr. Joan Simalchik is the director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga and teaches courses on women, global justice, experiential learning and human rights. Her work as founding executive director of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and founding board member of the Canadian Centre for International Justice informs her research. In June 2019, she co-organized the Global Conference on Human Trafficking and Trauma at UTM with the Peel Institute on Violence Prevention and Harvard’s School of Public Health HEAL Network. Professor Simalchik teaches a first-year course on global justice, where she does a mock Immigration and Refugee Board tribunal assignment from which our mock trial case is derived.


Aris Daghighian is an associate with Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto. Aris’ practice focuses on appeals and litigation, as well as economic immigration applications and issues surrounding citizenship. Aris was recognized by Who’s Who Legal (WWL) as a “Future Leader” under the age of 45 in Canadian Immigration Law. In addition to his regular practice, Aris currently teaches with the University of British Columbia Immigration Laws and Policies Program (CILPP) and has been on the Duty Counsel roster for the Legal Services Society of B.C.