Rishma has acted for clients on matters with respect to administrative law, employment law, immigration law, alternate dispute resolution, surrogate court matters and general litigation.
She has extensive experience with applications, hearings and appeals before courts and tribunals including the Federal Court of Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Several Federal Court Applications she was involved in have been positively referred to in subsequent decisions by that Court.
Rishma obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary. She then attended law school at Queen's University. While there, Rishma was awarded the Newton Rowell Scholarship and the David Sabbath Prize in International Law.
After graduating from Queen's University in 1995, Rishma articled with a large Calgary firm before joining Caron & Partners in 1997. She opened her own solo practice in 2006 and practiced there until February, 2012, when she joined JSS Barristers.
Rishma is a strong believer in giving back to the Community. She has been a volunteer lawyer with the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association. She has also been a member of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee of the Calgary Foundation.
Rishma currently serves on the RCMP Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Visible Minorities where she and members of her committee provide advice to the Commissioner on merit-based policies related to recruiting, training and the advancement and promotion of visible minorities in the RCMP. She is also a member of the RCMP "K" Division Committee on Recruitment.
Rishma is married and has two children. When not working, Rishma is busy shuttling her kids to hockey, skiing, skating and swimming. She enjoys travelling, running and is an avid reader.
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