Border Issues Brown Bag Presented by Stuart Friedman

On December 8, 2011 starting at 1:30pm  we will be holding a brown-bag event at the State Appellate Defender's Office dealing with Canadian legal issues which affect our clients when they cross the Canadian border.

Canadian Immigration Attorney "Drew" Porter will speak about what is required to enter Canada when you are charged with an offense or have been convicted of an offense.  Canada provides a number of waiver mechanisms, but many of them require advanced permission (or at least preparation).

Canadian Criminal Lawyer Michael Gordner will speak about the effect of a US criminal conviction once the former offender actually gets past the immigration booth.  What is the effect of a US drunk driving conviction on an Ontario driver's license holder? What is the effect of a US sex offense conviction on a Canadian or a person visiting Canada?  Do they have to register under Canada's SOIRA or Ontario's Christopher Law?  Join us a lively discussion on these issues.

The seminar is free and tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at  We have only thirty seats, so please cancel on line if you can't make it so that others can attend.  Walk-ins are welcome, but ticketed guests will be given priority.  It will be held at:

State Appellate Defender's Office ("SADO")
33rd Floor
Penobscot Building
645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226