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  • 11 Feb 2020 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    FACL BC Newsletter 

    February 2020 Edition

    Event Updates 

    FACL BC 8th Annual Gala

    The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society (“FACL BC”) was thrilled to host 350 distinguished guests at our 8th Annual Gala on November 8, 2019. The Honorable David Eby, Q.C. gave a brief speech emphasizing the importance of judicial diversity. The Honorable Madam Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill delivered an inspiring speech filled with her personal and professional stories. The recipient of the 2019 Lawyer of Distinction Award was Winston Sayson, Q.C., the first Chinese-Filipino Canadian appointed as Queen’s Counsel in British Columbia. The recipient of the 2019 Student Scholarship was Ms. Samrah Mian. We are thankful for every one of our generous sponsors and look forward to hosting you again in November 2020.


    FACL BC Weekend Dim-Sum

    In 2007, the original plans for FACL started over dim sum. To pay homage to FACL’s origin story (and because connecting over great food is a reason in itself to get together), on November 24, 2019, FACL BC held its 2019 Dim Sum Social at Sun Sui Wah. To no surprise, the sold-out event was a great success and brought together over 50 attendees, including senior counsel, FACL BC board members, lawyers and students. 

    Thanks to everyone who attended!

    FACL In-House Counsel Roundtable Discussion Series

    On Thursday, February 6, FACL BC held its inaugural roundtable discussion series at Avigilon (Vancouver) for in-house counsel to connect and talk about key topics and issues relevant to their practice. It was a very successful event and will be the first of many for years to come. If you currently work in-house and want to be part of this in the future, please email May Au or Steven Ngo to join. 

    For members who are not working in-house, FACL BC will be organizing an event in the summer/fall 2020 which will be open to all lawyers and students.

    Upcoming Events 

    3rd Mentorship Roundtable and Mixer

    Want to learn more about different legal practice areas and how to determine the right fit for you? There is no better way than speaking with lawyers immersed in those areas to gain some insight into their respective practices. This event is often well-attended by law students, junior lawyers, and anyone else looking to explore their options. On registration, you will be asked to select 3 practice areas of interest. During the event, you will then be rotating through 3 informal conversation groups led by lawyers practicing in each of your chosen areas. Come with your questions, as this will be a great opportunity to feed your curiosity. 

    Date: February 20, 2020

    When: 5:15 - 7:40pm

    Where: McCarthy Tétrault (745 Thurlow St Suite 2400, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5)


    TRU Panel

    On March 6, 2020, FACL BC x Beyond the A is hosting a panel event at the Faculty of Law at TRU. The topic of the event will be “Equity” in the legal profession, discussing various topics such as race, sex, age in the interview processes and throughout one’s career. Currently, we have our very own Steven Ngo, Corporate Counsel at Visier, as a confirmed panellist, along with Adrienne Smith, a Human Rights lawyer. We will have two more panelists who are TRU Alumni and working in the Kamloops area sitting on the panel to provide a diverse and rich discussion. The event will be hosting around 100 TRU students, faculty members and more. We are so excited to have our first collaboration event with TRU Law and are looking forward to thoughts and ideas to be shared, and connections to be made! 

    Date: March 6, 2020

    Where: Thompson Rivers University (835 University Dr, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8)

    Anxiety and Mental Health in the Legal Profession

    On March 18, 2020, FACL BC is hosting a panel of lawyers at different stages of their careers in private practice, in-house and government to talk about anxiety and mental health, their personal experiences and how you can apply these lessons in your career. Afterwards, we will leave some time for Q&A and informal discussions.

    This event is hosted in collaboration with Beyond the A and is kindly supported by Fasken. Food/refreshments will be provided. 

    Date: March 18, 2020

    When: 5:15 - 7:30pm

    Where: Fasken (550 Burrard St Suite 2900, Vancouver, BC V6C 0A3)

    RSVP: https://www.faclbc.ca/event-3728337

    General Announcements

    Mentorship Pairing

    Our mentorship program is underway and spots are filling up fast. There are less than 20 pairing opportunities remaining. If you are a law or articling student interested in finding a mentor this year, we encourage you to sign up by filling out our 2019-2020 Mentee Application Form. Please note that all mentees must be FACL BC members. Please sign up at: https://faclbc.ca/mentorship.


    FACL BC Membership Committee

  • 6 Nov 2019 10:11 PM | Anonymous

    FACL BC Newsletter 

    November 2019 Edition

    Event Updates 

    FACL BC Presents: Balancing Family and Law

    On October 3, 2019, FACL BC held a panel sponsored and hosted by Miller Thomson LLP on “Balancing Family and The Law”. We had a lively and interactive discussion on a range of topics including maternity and paternity leave, the realities of managing a family and a legal practice, and how having a family impacts one’s legal career. The panelists, Julia Law, Timothy Law, Sara Pedlow, and Rahim Esmail, were candid with their experiences and offered valuable advice.

    FACL BC Presents: 2019 Canadian Election Panel

    The 2019 Canadian Federal Election has been eventful and intriguing to watch unfold. The FACL Advocacy Committee hosted a panel discussion on various topics revolving around the theme of what it means to be involved in politics as an ethnic minority, and what politics and policymaking mean to Asian-Canadians. Thanks to our informative and insightful speakers - Nav Sanghera, Policy Chair, Liberal Party of Canada in British Columbia and Wai Young, Candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in Vancouver South and Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, 2011-2015, and our moderator, Jeff Hernaez.

    FACL BC In-House Counsel Social/Launc

    Our inaugural in-house counsel event on Thursday, October 24th was a tremendous success! We brought together over 28 in-house lawyers for our first-ever event for in-house counsel in BC. Thank you to all attendees and to our keynote speaker, Ms. Catherine Chow, Vice President Legal and General Counsel at Keg Restaurants Ltd.

    We hope to host more events in the future to bring together the FACL BC in-house community. If you are interested in adding your email to this mailing list, please let us know!


    Upcoming Events 

    FACL BC 8th Annual Gala

    Our 8th Annual Gala will be held from 5:30-9:00pm on November 8, 2019 to celebrate the collective accomplishments of the Asian Canadian legal community. Held at the Hotel Fairmont Waterfront, the gala will welcome over 300 lawyers, judges, legal professionals and community supporters including the Honourable David Eby, Q.C. This year’s gala theme is judicial diversity.

    We are privileged and excited to have the Honourable Madam Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill as our keynote speaker. The gala will also honour the 2019 recipients of the FACL BC Lawyer of Distinction Award and the FACL BC Student Scholarship Award.

    More information about the gala can be found here: https://faclbc.ca/event-3531864

    Supportive Relationships Workshop Series: Exploring the Past of Indigenous & Pan-Asian Communities in BC

    The aim of this free workshop is to share Indigenous and Pan-Asian histories in BC, in terms of survival and solidarity in the face of colonial laws and policies, cooperation as well as racial divisions and overall, a deeper appreciation of past relations, values and common interests by exploring shared obstacles and triumphs and the strategies of oppression. 

    Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 
    Location: UBC Allard Hall Law School (closest parkade is the Rose Garden/Chan Center parkade) 
    Time: 5:00 to 8:00pm (snack/beverages available); presentation begins at 5:30pm.

    Panelists: Lily Chow, historian; Professor Nancy Sandy (Lakehead Law School, Ontario; former Chief, Williams Lake); Elder Howard Grant; Elder Larry Grant; Dr. Rosalyn Ing (Educator); Mr. George Ing (L.Col. Retired; Chinese Canadian War Museum). 
    Moderator: Professor Hoi Kong, Allard Law School

    RSVP at: http://www.allard.ubc.ca/events/indigenous-legal-studies-ils-research-series-exploring-past-indigenous-and-pan-asian


    We encourage all lawyer members to sign up to mentor our law and articling students. Your participation will determine how many mentees we can accommodate. Mentoring is both personally rewarding and the key to our mandate of promoting equity and opportunity for Asian Canadian lawyers.

    Mentors are invited to interact with mentees however works best for the pair, including by discussing files, observing court appearances, or talking about life in the legal profession. You set the schedule and the level of involvement.

    Past participants in the program report that it is invaluable. We encourage you to visit the link below to take part!


    Visit us at www.faclbc.ca


    FACL BC Membership Committee

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