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With more than 25 years’ experience practicing immigration and refugee law, Michael is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law (Immigration and Refugee Protection).  Michael worked with EGALE Canada and the Canadian government to extend the family class to same-sex couples under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and has appeared as a witness before Parliament on issues such involving LGBT immigration and medical inadmissibility. 


The breadth of Michael's expertise includes matters related to same sex relationships, including sponsorships based on same-sex relationships, HIV and medical inadmissibility, and Express Entry applications by people seeking to obtain Canadian permanent residence for them and their same sex partners.  He has been adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto since 2003, he was an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association's Citizenship and Immigration Section from 2006 to 2008 and currently serves as Litigation Coordinator for the Canadian Bar Association.


Michael is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Committee of Toronto and is a founder and Chair of the Board of Rainbow Railroad. Michael has been admitted to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll and is a recipient of Metropolitan Community Church’s Community Service Award.

In 2018, Michael was awarded the inaugural Teaching Innovation Award from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance.

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