Navigating the Recruitment Process as an Asian-Canadian Law Student - Part 1: Racism and Mental Health

  • 22 Oct 2020
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom

Register here - webinar link (limited spots remaining)
Register here - breakout rooms link (limited spots remaining)

Calling all Asian-Canadian law students! FACL BC understands that going through recruitment processes is always difficult, and with the COVID-19 pandemic presenting new challenges, we want to ease your anxieties and give you the tools to be successful.

The first part of this new series starts with a panel addressing institutional racism in the recruitment and interviewing process, how students can better take care of their mental well-being during recruitment, and opening a dialogue on reimagining a more equitable recruitment process. For those who would like to stay and join the panelists and facilitators for further conversation in small breakout rooms, please register in the link below.

Our featured panelists include:

  • Will Tao (Edelmann and Co.)
  • Raminder Hayre (Dolden Wallace Folick LLP)
  • Alexandra Cocks (Partner, Co-Chair of Student Recruiting at McCarthy Tétrault)

The second part of this series will be held in early 2021 and will focus on skill development, so stay tuned!

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:

Webinar // Limited spots remaining - registration will close once the event is full:

Breakout Rooms // Limited spots remaining - registration will close on Oct 20, 2020 or once the event is full:
*This portion of the event is capped at a maximum of 50 attendees, and will begin shortly after the main event is complete at approximately 6:40pm

Panelist Biographies

Will Tao (Edelmann and Co.)

Will Tao, BA, JD, is a Canadian immigration and refugee lawyer at Edelmann & Co. He provides legal services in all areas of Canadian immigration and refugee law, with a focus on complex refusals, appeals and judicial reviews.

Will also provides strategic advice and consulting to government, media, educational institutions, and businesses on immigration/refugee, decolonization and race/inclusion-related issues. His law blog, Vancouver Immigration Blog, recently won a 2019 Best Law and Commentary Blog in Canada (Clawbies) Award.

Will’s current project is working with his colleague Edris Arib to build the Arenous Foundation, a non-profit advocacy, research, and education organization, for which he is a Director and co-Founder.

Raminder Hayre (Dolden Wallace Folick LLP)

Raminder Hayre joined our firm in 2020 after practicing insurance defence at a regional firm, and personal injury at a national firm. During her articles, she also practiced criminal defence work. She has experience in both the B.C. Provincial Court and B.C. Supreme Court, and more specifically includes:

Coverage disputes relating to fraud claims involving arson, conversion, fraudulent wage-loss, wilfully false statements, and breaches generally.

  • Bad faith claims.
  • Staged accidents.
  • Criminal sentencings and bail hearings.

Outside of work, Raminder is a mentor to law students and aspiring lawyers through UBC Law and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. She is the Chair of the CBABC Equality and Diversity Committee, the CBABC Executive Equality Representative, and a Director and Secretary of the South Asian Bar Association of B.C. She enjoys spreading awareness about mental health and wellness in the legal profession and speaks on the topic regularly.

Growing up she competed in 5 types of dance and still maintains strong ties to the South Asian community where she participated in professional dance competitions. She is also fluent in speaking Punjabi.

Alexandra Cocks (Partner, Co-Chair of Student Recruiting at McCarthy Tétrault)

Alex is a partner in our Litigation Group and the firm’s National Class Actions Group. She is also the Co-Chair of the Vancouver Student Recruiting Committee.

Alex focuses on complex commercial disputes including contractual claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, class action defence, financial services litigation, fraud and breach of trust claims, real estate and property disputes, consumer protection claims, defamation, and insurance coverage disputes on behalf of policy holders. She also regularly provides advice to businesses regarding compliance with lobbying laws.

She represents clients from a broad array of industries, and regularly advises financial institutions, general contractors, and real estate developers. She is also a member of the firm’s Financial Services Group and Government Law Group.

Alex frequently speaks on and topics related to class actions, real estate disputes, creditor's remedies, and dispute resolution. She is a contributing author to the fifth edition of Defending Class Actions in Canada, published by Lexis Nexis, as well as a contributing author to the previous edition. She is also the co-editor of the class action blogpost ''Canadian Class Actions Monitor.'' She previously acted as the Co-Chair of the Class Actions subsection of the Canadian Bar Association of the BC Branch and a board member of the Vancouver Bar Association. She is also a past course coordinator for the Advanced Trial Advocacy Course at the UBC Faculty of Law.


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