The Honourable Lobat Sadrehashemi
Lobat Sadrehashemi was appointed to the Federal Court on March 31, 2021. Prior to her appointment, Justice Sadrehashemi was senior counsel and the clinic lead of B.C.’s Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic in Vancouver, where her practice focused on representing low-income people with their immigration and refugee legal matters.
Justice Sadrehashemi graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in international relations before earning her law and Master of Social Work degrees from the combined JD/MSW program at the University of Toronto. Justice Sadrehashemi’s years of private practice were focused on refugee and immigration litigation, a significant portion of which included legal aid files. She has appeared at all levels of the federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Justice Sadrehashemi also worked as a staff lawyer for several years at a number of legal non-profits, where she worked on child protection, human rights, and regulatory law issues facing low-income people.
Justice Sadrehashemi held leadership roles with the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the refugee law subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. branch. Throughout her time practicing law, she was a frequent writer and speaker on immigration and refugee law and access to justice.
Appointed Justice of the Federal Court, and ex officio member of the Federal Court of Appeal, on March 31, 2021.