At Jackman Nazami & Associates, articling students are involved in all aspects of the immigration/refugee process, including conducting intake interviews, drafting immigration documents, legal research and drafting for appeals and applications for judicial review, and drafting correspondence. Articling students also act as counsel for immigration interviews, detention reviews and IRB hearings, as the need arises.
Articling Students for 2011-2012
Caitlin Maxwell has a JD from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, with a concentration in social justice. She graduated cum laude and was awarded the Shore, Davis & Hale Prize for the highest standing in the course Feminist Legal Issues.
During her time at UOttawa, Caitlin was a caseworker in the Women’s Division of the university’s Community Legal Clinic and served as co-chair and events coordinator of LEAF Ottawa. She was a member of the Wilson Moot Team and published an article on sexual assault in the military in Canadian Woman Studies. She also worked as a research assistant for Professors Ian Kerr, Craig Forcese, Penelope Simons, and Lynda Collins, focusing on the areas of privacy, national security, international human rights, and environmental law.
Prior to law school, Caitlin completed her MA in political science and international relations at the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre for International Studies. Under the supervision of Professor Kent Roach, her major research paper compared the US and UK’s detention of terrorism suspects after 9/11. She received her BA (Hons, first class with distinction) from Mount Allison University, where she majored in political science and minored in English.
Caitlin has worked for Jackman & Associates since 2009.
Vani Selvarajah is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Laws program from the University of Alberta. Prior to law school, Vani completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Waterloo, where she majored in Legal Studies and Criminology and minored in Business.
During her time at law school, Vani was a caseworker for the Family Law and Civil Law division of the University of Alberta’s Student Legal Services. She also volunteered at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, an organization that provides legal services to low-income individuals within the community. She was also a member of the Youth Mentorship Program and Women in Law chapters at the university.
With legal experience from various Toronto-based law firms, she is looking to focus on immigration law. Having volunteered extensively at various community based organizations, Vani is passionate about advocating for the rights of refugees, immigrants and human rights as a whole.