Resiliency in a Tough Economy: What to Do When You're Not Hired Back or Let Go

  • 11 May 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • 29th Floor, 700 W Georgia St

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The recent legal job market has been tough as hiring slows down. Compared to 2021 to 2022, when the profession saw unprecedented levels of hiring and lateral movement across firms and companies, students and (junior) associates are now finding themselves impacted by lower than normal hireback trends and reduced demand in 2023. What do you do if you have not been hired back or if you have been let go by your firm?

This panel features Khalil JessaScott MorishitaFiona Wong, and Karen Ngan, all of whom have been through similar setbacks at some point in their careers, and will be moderated by Sebastian Chern (Howard Employment Law). The panel will offer some tips and guidance on how to navigate these difficult transitional periods and recover from these momentary career setbacks that are often not shared with your peers and colleagues. Most importantly, the purpose of this event is to ensure that those who are having difficulty securing new employment, jumpstarting, or advancing their legal career are not alone.

Doors will open at 6:00PM and the event will run from 6:30PM-7:30PM. 

This event is approved for 1.0 hour of CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia. FACL BC thanks TD for generously providing the venue space for this event.

We are also pleased to share that TD will be offering a Webex link here so those who cannot make it can join us remotely. 


Meet the Speakers

Khalil Jessa serves as a Senior Legal Counsel at the BC Securities Commission, where he contributes to the Capital Markets Regulation division as part of the Innovation and FinTech Team. His background includes working as a litigator for a boutique litigation firm in downtown Vancouver and articling at a large firm. In addition to his legal work, Khalil is involved with WideLens, a personal and professional development service that aims to held people better understand themselves and others. Khalil is also a former board member of FACL BC.

Scott Morishita is Associate Counsel at Rice Harbut Elliott LLP, where he practices plaintiffs personal injury law. He previously worked at the Municipal Insurance Association of B.C., where he defended local governments in liability claims. Scott currently serves as First Vice President of the Canadian Bar Association (BC), and was previously a board member of the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. He’s a long-time volunteer with the Lawyers Assistance Program of B.C. and actively mentors a number of young lawyers and students.

Fiona Wong is an associate at Overholt Law LLP and practices in the firm’s core areas of employment, civil litigation, and human rights law. She has advised clients appearing before the Civil Resolution Tribunal and represented clients at the BC Provincial Court and BC Supreme Court. She is a current board member of FACL BC and also serves on the Trial Lawyers Association of BC New Lawyers Planning Committee. 

Karen Ngan is a partner at Clark Wilson LLP. Her practice covers commercial real estate law, private company M&A and general business law. Karen’s advice combines industry knowledge, legal expertise and commercial insights, allowing her to support clients with practical and intuitive legal solutions. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Circle and also mentors members of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.


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