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The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society ("FACL BC") is a diverse coalition working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.

Founded in 2011, FACL BC is the first of its kind in British Columbia and is a provincial association with independent status within the FACL national association. We hope you will get involved!


Upcoming events

    • 6 Sep 2019
    • 25 Oct 2019

    FACL BC is pleased to announce that it will be accepting nominations/applications for the following Awards and Scholarships! Deadline is October 25, 2019.


    FACL BC Lawyer of Distinction Award

    The FACL BC Lawyer of Distinction Award recognizes a pan-Asian Canadian legal professional, who has practiced law for a minimum of 15 years, for significant and longstanding contributions made to the legal community and for positive contributions made to social justice and/or the pan-Asian community in British Columbia.

    Eligibility:

    To be eligible for the FACL BC Lawyer of Distinction Award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

    • Self-identify as of pan-Asian decent (East Asian, Southeast Asian or South Asian); 

    • Be a member in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia and practices predominantly in British Columbia or is a judge of any court in British Columbia or teaches at a law school in British Columbia and is a member in good standing with any law society in Canada; 

    • Have practiced law for a minimum of 15 years; 

    • Have demonstrated significant and longstanding contributions in the legal community; and

    • Have demonstrated positive contributions to social justice and/or to the pan-Asian community in British Columbia. 

    Nomination process:

    • Nomination forms must be submitted by no later than 5:00 PM on October 25, 2019

    • Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by a third-party

    • If third-party nomination, prior to making the nomination, nominators must advise the nominee that his or her name is being put forward

    • Nomination package must include: 

      • Nominee’s full name, email, firm/organization, job title, year of call, and main area of law practice

      • Nominator’s full name and email (if third-party nomination) 

      • A description of the nominee’s contributions to the legal community and social justice and/or the pan-Asian community

      • Completed consents

    Nomination form

    Please download the Word-fillable nomination form HERE.

    Please submit the completed form to faclbc1@gmail.com by no later than 5:00 PM on October 25, 2019


    FACL BC Student Scholarship

    The FACL BC Student Scholarship Award recognizes a current law student enrolled in a law school in British Columbia who demonstrates a keen interest in and willingness to contribute to the British Columbian pan-Asian Canadian legal community.  One $1000 scholarship will be awarded. Consideration will be given to applicants’ leadership and community involvement, strong vision, academic achievement and financial need. 

    Amount

    One $1000 scholarship will be awarded.  

    Eligibility:

    To be eligible for the FACL BC Student Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Self-identify as of pan-Asian decent (East Asian, Southeast Asian or South Asian); 

    • Have demonstrated past, current and/or future involvement in promoting social justice and/or the pan-Asian community in British Columbia; 

    • Have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status

    • Be currently enrolled in a law school in British Columbia as a JD, LLM or NCA candidate; and

    • Be a member of FACL

    Note: Current board members are not eligible for the FACL BC Student Scholarship for a period of 1 year following the date they ceased to be a Student Director. 

    Application form

    Please download the Word-fillable nomination form HERE.

    Please submit the completed form AND a copy of your resume to faclbc1@gmail.com by no later than 5:00 PM on October 25, 2019.


    Selection Process

    • Each nomination/application that meets the eligibility set out above will be reviewed by a panel of FACL BC Legacy board members (e.g. past presidents) and established members of the community

    • FACL BC exercises sole and absolute discretion to determine Award and Scholarship eligibility and recipients

    • FACL BC’s decisions are final and nomination/application materials will not be returned

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Dunsmuir (688 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver)
    Register

    Practising law in-house can be quite different from private practice. Compared to law firm life, the mandate is broad, but your team is small and resources are limited. How does one manage? By finding like-minded colleagues to share and learn from.  

    FACL BC is pleased to announce its inaugural event targeted to in-house counsel. The event will be a forum for in-house counsel to meet each other and will be capped off with remarks from Catherine Chow, Vice President Legal and General Counsel at Keg Restaurants Ltd. 

    Ms. Chow will be sharing insights from her many years of in-house practice.  For all in-house counsel, this event is not to be missed.

    • Cost: $25 (includes appetizers and 1 drink ticket)

    To promote candour in sharing, this event is restricted to in-house counsel only.

    If you have any contacts who are working in-house, please feel free to forward this to them (this event is open to members and non-members).

    Space is limited, so please RSVP early to reserve your spot. 



    • 8 Nov 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Hotel Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5
    Register


    Since its founding in 2011, FACL BC has grown to become the primary professional organization supporting BC's growing body of Asian-Canadian lawyers, judges, and law students. Year after year, FACL BC hosts its signature Gala where we join together to celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and contributions made to both the legal community and the community at-large.

    FACL BC's 8th Annual Gala will take place on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Hotel Fairmont Waterfront. This year, we are welcoming about 350 attendees from the BC legal community and beyond.

    We are pleased to announce that the Honorable David Eby, Q.C. will be attending FACL BC's 8th Annual Gala.

    The Honorable David Eby, Q.C. is a lawyer and a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Vancouver-Point Grey. He was first elected in 2013 and is currently serving as the Attorney General of British Columbia. He will be joining us and will give a brief speech about the importance of diversity.

     

    We are also pleased to announce this year's keynote speaker, the Honorable Madam Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill.

    Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Justice Shergill practised law with her law firm, Shergill & Company, Trial Lawyers. She has extensive trial and appellate experience and has argued before the Supreme Court of Canada.

    Justice Shergill was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012 and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service. She devoted much of her time to human and civil rights legal matters. For more than 23 years, she served, on a pro bono basis, as general legal counsel to the World Sikh Organization of Canada. Regarded as a leading human rights advocate, she has been instrumental in helping shape human rights and religious accommodation law in Canada.

    Justice Shergill was born in Punjab, India, and immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of four. She grew up in Williams Lake, BC, and received her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991, she has held leadership positions both within and outside the legal community. She has been involved with the Cabinet of Canadians, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and the Canadian Bar Association. From 2002 to 2008, Justice Shergill served on the Board of Directors of the Fraser Health Authority, the largest health region in the province. In 2017, Justice Shergill became the first turbaned judge in Canada.

    Justice Shergill is a mother of three. She enjoys playing classical Indian musical instruments, learning languages, and training for martial arts

    Join us as we celebrate Justice Shergill and the accomplishments of our community.​


    Tickets

    FACL BC Member: $120

    Non-Member: $150

     

    Agenda

    Networking Reception: 5:30 pm

    Dinner: 6:45 - 9:30 pm


    Dress Code

    Business attire


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