Rebeka Lauks joined the firm in August 2016. Rebeka graduated with a law degree from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree from McGill University. Following graduation, Rebeka articled at a small immigration and refugee law firm. After being called to the bar in June 2014, she had an opportunity to gain experience working with individuals with mental health issues as an associate at bakerlaw, a boutique social justice firm focused on human rights and disability law. Prior to joining Waldman & Associates, Rebeka also spent 6 months at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Honduras through a fellowship offered by Global Affairs Canada and University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program.
As a law student, Rebeka spent a semester as a caseworker with the immigration and refugee law division of the University of Toronto’s Downtown Legal Services clinic, where she also volunteered in the criminal law division. She was also awarded a Donner Civic Leadership Fund fellowship, through which she spent a summer working at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.
Rebeka is involved in a wide range of immigration and refugee files including refugee claims, applications for permanent residence based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, pre-removal risk assessments, ministerial relief, and sponsorship. She has experience representing clients before administrative tribunals and the Federal Court.
Rebeka speaks and writes Spanish at an intermediate level.