Lobat has a litigation practice in immigration and refugee law. She is President of the national organization of refugee lawyers and scholars, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). She regularly acts for clients at the Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board. She has also argued at the Supreme Court of Canada. Lobat’s practice includes refugee hearings, judicial reviews, motions for stay of removal, immigration and refugee appeals, detention reviews, admissibility hearings and other immigration applications.
Lobat graduated from the University of Toronto’s joint law and social work program and has focused her legal career on social justice work. After articling and working at Lorne Waldman’s office, Lobat spent the first years of practice at the legal non-profit Pivot Legal Society. She also has worked at the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, focusing on systemic human rights issues facing low-income people.
Lobat has written numerous articles and reports on refugee and human rights issues, as well as having testified at the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. She is a frequent speaker at legal conferences and regularly provides training for settlement workers, front line advocates and law students on issues relating to immigration and refugee law, access to justice, and human rights.