DND/CF Legal Advisor
Leigh Taylor joined the Department of Justice in 1990 as a civil litigator in the Ontario Regional Office after a brief period in private practice. In 1995 she relocated to BC Regional Office where she continued her civil litigation practice specializing in immigration law. In 1999 she moved to Ottawa, where she has held several positions: counsel with the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Legal Services Unit (1999); special counsel to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Citizenship and Immigration Portfolio (2000); Senior Counsel and team manager of the Enforcement team with the CIC Legal Services Unit (2001/02); General Counsel and National Litigation Coordinator for the Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio of the Department of Justice (2003/09); and Executive Director and Senior General Counsel of the Canada Border Services Agency’s Legal Services Unit (2009/13).Throughout her career with the Department of Justice, Ms. Taylor has specialized in immigration, administrative and national security law. Ms. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria (1983) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto (1986). She was called to the bar in Ontario in 1988 and is currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.
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