Clarisa Waldman, M.A., LL.B.
Clarisa joined Waldman & Associates in 2010 as an Associate and has been with the firm since that time. Clarisa graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in 2009 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2010 after completing her articles with the Legal Department of the Canadian Auto Workers. Clarisa received a Masters in International Affairs from Carleton University in 2011.
Clarisa appears regularly before the Federal Court of Canada. She has also assisted in cases before the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Clarisa has experience representing clients before all four Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board in various matters including refugee hearings, refugee appeals, sponsorship appeals, removal order appeals, residency obligation appeals, and detention reviews. Her practice also involves helping clients in a wide range of immigration matters including applications for Criminal Rehabilitation, Work Permits, Temporary Resident Permits, and Permanent Residence Applications under various programs, including the Canadian Experience Class as well as Family Sponsorships.
As a law student, Clarisa completed an internship at Legal Aid Ontario’s Refugee Law Office. Clarisa was also a member and researcher at the Refugee Forum at the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and completed a research-based internship with the Library of Parliament. During her Masters, Clarisa was a Research Assistant at the Centre for Security and Defence Studies at Carleton University. In 2008, Clarisa attended the Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she completed a semester of her legal studies.
Clarisa is fluent in English and Spanish.
Professional Memberships and Activities
- Member, The Law Society of Upper Canada
- Member, Ontario Bar Association
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Refugee Lawyers’ Association
- Member, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
- Member, Refugee Law Panel, Legal Aid Ontario
Notable cases Clarisa has been involved with include:
- Divito v. Canada, 2013 SCC 47
- Begum v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), 2013 FC 550