[Postponed] Fireside Chat with Minister Lametti: Diversity on the Bench

  • 25 Jul 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom

Please note that this event was postponed and will be rescheduled. 

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The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) British Columbia is excited to host a virtual Fireside Chat with the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Together, we will delve into the crucial topic of equality, diversity, and inclusion on the benches of the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

During this discussion, Minister David Lametti will explain the superior court judicial appointment process and shed light on the barriers and issues potentially hindering greater representation among BC's judges. Together, we hope to explore potential solutions to address this pressing matter. The underrepresentation of Asian and other communities within the judiciary is an important concern that warrants attention, and this event aims to foster a meaningful dialogue surrounding the initiatives and ideas being discussed within the Department of Justice to promote diversity on the bench.

By engaging in an open and constructive dialogue, we hope to uncover innovative ideas and practical solutions to help build a more diverse and inclusive judiciary that reflects the rich tapestry of British Columbia's population. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to gain valuable insights and join the conversation surrounding equality, diversity, and inclusion on the benches of the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. 

This event is approved for 1.0 hour of CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia.

About the Honourable David Lametti: 

The Honourable David Lametti was first elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun.

A proud resident of Montréal for over 30 years, Minister Lametti was born and raised in Port Colborne, Ontario. As the child of Italian immigrants, his parents’ story is one of generational sacrifice: they left their home and came to Canada so that their children could have a better life than they did. Minister Lametti believes that his parents’ hard work and commitment to education gave him the opportunity to succeed.

Before entering politics, Minister Lametti was a Professor of Law at McGill University for nearly 20 years, and established himself as an accomplished legal academic and expert in property and intellectual property law.

Minister Lametti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University, a Master of Laws from the Yale Law School, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from Oxford University. He has taught or lectured in many of the world’s most well-known universities in French, English, and Italian.

He was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada in January 2019.

Whether you are curious about how parenting looks like for lawyers, or if you are a lawyer-parent looking for community, we are excited to invite you to join us at this panel event. FACL BC has organized previous parenting panels where we discussed pre-pregnancy planning, parental leave, and parenting toddlers. This year, we have “grown up” to chat about parenting during the school-aged years. 

The panelists, who have all taken different career paths in law, will discuss how parenting looks like for them, the challenges they have faced as they became parents, and how their community (which includes us at FACL BC!) can better support the parents in our midst. Bring your thoughts and questions on this topic as there will be opportunity for Q&A at the end! 

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