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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

    • 30 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • UBC Robson Square, The Gallery Room
    The state of legal aid in British Columbia has reached a crises level preventing thousands from being able to access the justice system. Women, indigenous people, and other marginalized communities are the primary victims of the chronic under funding, preventing them from gaining justice in matters relating to detention, immigration and refugee issues, family custody and access issues as well as poverty law. 

    Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers - FACL BC in collaboration with the Law Union of BC and the BC Civil Liberties Association is hosting a panel discussion on the state of Legal Aid in British Columbia. Join us for this discussion which will aim to address the underlying causes of this crises and what some of the potential solutions are.



    Kasari Govender - Executive Director of the West Coast Legal Education Action Fund

    Patricia Barkaskas - Academic Director of the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic and an Instructor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law 

    Michael Mulligan - Defence Lawyer and Partner at Mulligan Tam Pearson 

    Lobat Sadrehashemi - Immigration and Refugee Lawyer and President of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers 

    This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required as space is limited - please RSVP. 

    *Snacks and refreshments will be served* 

    *This event is taking place on the unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.*

    • 1 Nov 2018
    • 12:30 PM

    FACL Family Lunch 

    We are very excited to invite everyone to our second annual FACL Family Lunch! We hope that it will be an great opportunity for everyone to get to know one another in an informal setting, and share experiences and encouragement. All are welcome including lawyers, articling students, and law students.

    When:  Thursday, November 1 @ 12:30 p.m.
    Where:  Choose one of three locations:

    1.      Downtown Vancouver – hosted by Jeff Hernaez of Fasken, Martineau, DuMoulin LLP and Alex Chang of Lesperance Mendes Lawyers at Kirin Restaurant (1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver)

    We are hoping to finalize a set menu for this lunch at Kirin. We will update everyone who RSVPs to the Downtown Vancouver lunch closer to the date. 

    2.      Richmond – hosted by Jennifer Hau, Spencer May and Karla Mukai of Campbell Froh May and Rice LLP at Su Hang Restaurant (100-8291 Ackroyd Road, Richmond)

    3.      Vancouver/Broadway - hosted by Vyvyan Tsui of Sincerity Law Group at Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar (602 W. Broadway, Vancouver)

    Cost:  Everyone covers own meal at time of event

    • 21 Nov 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, 1128 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, V6E 4R5

    Since its founding in 2011, FACL BC's presence in the Vancouver legal community has grown rapidly - it is now the primary professional organization supporting BC's growing body of Asian-Canadian lawyers, judges and law students.

    We are pleased to announce that FACL BC's 7th Annual Gala will take place on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. Year after year, FACL BC hosts a sold-out, signature event, which has grown from 130 attendees in our inaugural year to 350 attendees in 2017.

    Image may contain: 1 person, smilingThis year's keynote speaker is Michael Lee.

    Michael was elected the MLA for Vancouver-Langara in 2017. He is the Official Opposition Critic for Attorney General and is a member of the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills.

    Prior to his election, Michael was a business lawyer and partner with Lawson Lundell LLP.  Before obtaining his law degree at the University of Victoria, he worked as a Special Assistant to the Right Honourable Kim Campbell in Vancouver and Ottawa. He also holds a BSc in Biology, a BA (Hons) in Political Science and an MA degree in Political Science with a focus on environmental regulations.

    Michael has served as the past Chair of the Board of Directors of Arts Umbrella and Alumni UBC. He has also served as a past Vice-Chair and Board member of Science World British Columbia, SUCCESS and Leadership Vancouver. Michael is a past Board member of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver Foundation, the Justice Education Society of BC, Sustainable Cities International and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

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


    FACL BC Member: $120

    Non-Member: $150

    Law Students: $0*

    *We have a limited number of complimentary law student tickets for FACL BC student members, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Complimentary law student tickets will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in mid-October - more details to follow.


    Networking Reception: 5:30 pm

    Dinner: 6:45 - 9:30 pm

    Dress Code

    Business attire

    FACL BC thanks our 2018 sponsors to date for their generous support of our 7th Annual Gala. Limited sponsorship spots are available - if you are interested in becoming a sponsor this year, please contact gala@faclbc.ca.

    Preferred Partner in Diversity

    Gold Sponsor

    MacLean Family Law

    Silver Sponsor

    Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

    Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

    Lawson Lundell LLP

    Table Sponsor

    Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

    Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

    DLD Financial Group Ltd.

    Koffman Kalef LLP

    Lindsay Kenney LLP

    McMillan LLP

    Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

    Onyx Law Group

    Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP

    Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia

    Richards Buell Sutton LLP

    Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

    University of Victoria Faculty of Law

    Reception Sponsor

    BMC Networks Inc.

    Gilbert Wong, Financial Security Advisor, Freedom 55 Financial


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