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Audrey Boctor, former president of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec division, puts societal change at the forefront of her legal vocation. As a litigator, Boctor had a hand in numerous complex public and commercial law cases in Canada, including the following: Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65, the administrative law trilogy where she served as amicus curiae to the Supreme Court of Canada; International Air Transport Association v. Instrubel, N.V., 2019 SCC 61, where she obtained a seizure before judgment of $90 million; Procureure generale du Quebec v. Du, 2019 QCCA 2076, where she represented immigrants challenging the decisions of the Minister of Immigration regarding on-the-spot language testing; the LGBT Purge class action, where she acted as lead counsel in Quebec with respect to the administration of the settlement reached; and R. v. Bird, 2019 SCC 7, where she served as intervenor. With CBA-Quebec, she helped organize a conference honouring the 25th anniversary of the Touchstone Report on gender equality in the profession and led the association in denouncing Quebec’s Bill 21, which imposes a ban on religious symbols.