The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society is a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.
We welcome you to join us as a member or attend any of our upcoming events below.
Can You Hear Me Now? Embracing "Virtual Law"
It's 2021 and "virtual law" has become the new normal. Join us on January 20, 2021 at 12:00pm and participate in one of three workshops being hosted, focused on improving your online presence. Whether you are a student preparing for OCIs, looking to improve your executive presentation with clients or navigate litigating in a virtual world, we have something for you! Further event and registration details are below.
Please note, all workshops are eligible for 1.5 CPD credits:
Workshop 1 - Interview Prep: A career coach will lead a session geared towards helping lawyers and law students land work during a pandemic (including how to use technology effectively when networking/interviewing, tips on interview preparation and tapping into the hidden job market!).
Workshop 2 - Executive Communication: Engaging Stakeholders in Corporate Settings: Are you looking to improve your presentation skills in the workplace, especially when presenting to clients? Effective communication is absolutely essential in our industry. In this webinar, our speakers will offer practical tips and insights on how you can deliver impactful presentations and make a lasting impression on your audience.
Workshop 3 - Navigating Virtual Discoveries, Mediations and Hearings: Tips, tricks and lessons for navigating discoveries, mediations and chambers in a virtual world (including things juniors can do to impress their lead counsel!).
The event will start with a brief introduction before launching into separate workshops. You will have the option of self-selecting one workshop to attend when breakout sessions have launched. Please register for the event here and indicate the workshop you intend to join.
For more information about FACL BC or how to get involved, check out faclbc.ca or email us at email@example.com.
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Navigating the Recruitment Process as an Asian-Canadian Law Student
Part 2: Mock Interviews
Calling all Asian-Canadian law students! FACL BC is pleased to present the second part of the series - Navigating the Recruitment Process as an Asian-Canadian Law Student: Mock Interviews.
The event will kick-off with a panel discussion with legal employers of various sizes and practice areas, providing tips for success when going through the interview in the recruitment process. After learning about the best practices for interviewees, law students will have the opportunity to implement what they have just learned in a mock interview with legal practitioners from diverse fields of the law.
The event will begin with the panel discussion at 5:30pm on January 26 (with interviews following immediately afterwards), and additional interviews will begin at 5:30pm on January 27. Students will be registered for interview slots on January 26, and once all slots on January 26 are full, remaining students will be assigned to January 27. Each interview will last for 30 minutes, and there will be one interview per student. There is a possibility that students will be able to have two rounds of mock interviews, and if this is the case, a lottery system will be used to choose those students. Preference will be given to second year students.
Tuesday January 26 5:30-7:15pm
Wednesday January 27 5:30-6:45pm
Our featured panelists include:
1. Jennifer Khor (Supervising Lawyer at SHARP Workplaces)
2. Tariq Ahmed (Partner and Chair of the Student Committee at Fasken)
3. Steven Ngo (Senior Counsel at Visier and Founder of Beyond the A)
This event is complimentary to all current FACL BC members. For those who have not signed up for the free student membership, please sign up here: https://faclbc.ca/join
To register for the event, please sign up here:
Note: In order to participate in the event, please submit your resume (max 2 pages), with any information you would not like to share redacted, in a PDF format to this Google Form by January 13 (your resume will be shared with the lawyers who have volunteered as interviewers). Resumes over 2 pages will not be accepted. Please submit your redacted resume at:
If you have any questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Landscapes of Injustice: Re Persons of Japanese Race
On February 20, 1946, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld three Orders in Council authorizing the mass exile of Japanese Canadians in the Re Persons of the Japanese Race decision. This year marks the 75th anniversary of that judgment and of the subsequent decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council to uphold the SCC decision on appeal. Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross (Professor of History, University of Victoria) will cover the historical background and policy origins while Dr. Eric M. Adams will speak about the decision itself. Drs. Adams and Stanger-Ross collaborate on the major research undertaking that is collected and published online as the Landscapes of Injustice Project. (https://www.landscapesofinjustice.com/) and are working together on a book on the Japanese Canadian exile.
Re Persons of Japanese Race,  S.C.R. 248
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council decision:
The Co-operative Committee on Japanese Canadians and another v The Attorney-General of Canada and another,  A.C. 87
Eric M. Adams
Eric M. Adams is Vice Dean and Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law. The recipient of several awards for his research and teaching, Eric publishes widely in the fields of constitutional law, legal history, legal education, employment law, and human rights. He provides occasional legal advice on constitutional matters and frequent media commentary on a variety of legal topics.
Detailed biography of Dr. Adams: https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/eadams
Jordan Stanger-Ross is a Provost’s Engaged Scholar in history at the University of Victoria and Project Director of Landscapes of Injustice. He has published widely on the history of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s, including Landscapes of Injustice: A New Perspective on the Internment and Dispossession of Japanese Canadians.
Detailed biography of Dr. Stanger-Ross: https://www.uvic.ca/humanities/history/people/faculty/stanger-rossjordan.php
Judge Maryka Omatsu will offer introductory remarks for the two speakers.
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