CMLA at the Court of Appeal for Ontario – R. v. Sadiqi

January 10, 2013
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The CMLA recently sought leave to intervene in the case of R. v. Sadiqi, currently before the Ontario Court of Appeal.  While we are pleased to have been heard at a motion for leave to intervene, we are disappointed to announce that Justice Doherty denied the CMLA’s application today.  The CMLA formed a coalition with the.. read more →

Annual Networking Luncheon

December 23, 2012
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On December 22, 2012, the CMLA recently hosted its annual networking luncheon in conjunction with the Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention. The event was timed to coincide with the RIS Saturday lunch break.  The CMLA had made these special arrangements to accommodate as many lawyers from outside of Toronto as possible.  It was a rare opportunity.. read more →

Public Education Seminar Series: Family Law

November 26, 2012
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The CMLA hosted a public education seminar on family law on November  25, 2012.  CMLA members provided legal information on the subject of family law to community members at Olive Grove School in Mississauga.  The event was well-attended with roughly 60 community members in attendance.  Our speakers spoke on the topic of marriage contracts, divorce,.. read more →

Canadian Muslims Issue a Call to Action to Eradicate Domestic Violence

November 16, 2011
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The CMLA is pleased to announce that it is one of over 70 organizations to endorse a statement on the eradication of domestic violence as we approach December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.  The full text of the statement is available here. read more →

Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association Applauds Decision of Toronto District School Board

July 15, 2011
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The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) applauds the decision of theToronto District School Board (TDSB) to permit private prayer for one half-hour each week in a designated space at Valley Park Middle School.  The press release may be accessed here. This sign of tolerance and respect allows students of the Muslim faith to avoid having to.. read more →

The CMLA Testifies before the Public Safety and National Security Parliamentary Committee

February 10, 2011
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The CMLA testified today before the Public Safety and National Security Parliamentary Committee.  Ziyaad Mia represented the CMLA in its testimony on Bill C-17, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Investigative Hearing and Recognizance with Conditions).  Among other powers, Bill C-17 provides law enforcement with the power to detain an individual without charge for.. read more →

CMLA Quoted in Canadian Lawyer Magazine

September 30, 2009
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Yusra Siddiquee, Chair of the CMLA, was recently quoted in the Canadian Lawyer Magazine about diversity in the Canadian legal profession and changes in recent years.  You can read the article, entitled Diverse Perspectives, here. read more →

The CMLA Testified Before the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism

February 11, 2008
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The CMLA testified today before the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism.  Ziyaad Mia represented the CMLA in its testimony on Bill C-3 and specifically on security certificates.  In our testimony, we proposed that the special advocate requires greater contact with the detainee so as to ensure that the appointment of a special advocate remains an.. read more →

CMLA Quoted in The Lawyers Weekly

August 12, 2005
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Naseer Syed, Chair of the CMLA, was quoted in The Lawyers Weekly in an article entitled Interest in Islamic law creating opportunities for Muslim lawyers.  Naseer Syed noted that “In the commercial banking market and the consumer housing market, there is a certainly a huge demand for products that are compliant with Muslim beliefs and practices,”.. read more →