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  • 7 Jun 2024 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FACL BC is honoured to announce that it has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 CBA Touchstone Award. FACL BC President, Fiona Wong and VP Marketing, Jenny Huang recently accepted the award on behalf of FACL BC at the CBA President's Dinner. The award ceremony took place in Gatineau, Quebec on June 5, 2024.

    A written transcript of FACL BC’s acceptance speech, as recorded by Fiona, can be found here.

    The Touchstone Award celebrates the accomplishments of an individual or an organization who has excelled in promoting equality in the legal profession, the judiciary, or the legal community in Canada. The award recognizes successful promotion or furthering of equality at the national level and/or a significant contribution relating to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or other diversity issues in the recipient’s community. FACL BC was specifically recognized for its documentary, But I Look Like a Lawyer in receiving this award.

    FACL BC is the second organization to receive this award since 1996. FACL BC joins the ranks of past Supreme Court of Canada judges, the Honourable Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé and the Honourable Justice Rosalie Abella, and other CBA branch presidents in BC and Alberta, in receiving the Touchstone Award. 

    We thank the Canadian Bar Association Equity Subcommittee for selecting us as this year’s award recipient. We also thank our nominator, Gurminder Sandhu, KC, and others who provided letters of support, including Gaynor Yeung, Jennifer Chow, KC, and Winston Sayson, KC. We wish to express our gratitude to current and past board members, as well as our hundreds of volunteers since 2011, for making this award possible.

    Read more here from the Canadian Bar Association's official announcement. FACL BC congratulates all other award recipients for 2024.

  • 31 May 2024 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society (FACL BC) expresses its warmest congratulations to Justices Nitya Iyer, K.C. and Edlyn Laurie on their appointments to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of British Columbia, respectively. 

    Justice Iyer replaces Justice L. Marchand on the Court of Appeal, who had been appointed Chief Justice of British Columbia in December of 2023, and will be the keynote speaker of our Membership Retreat next month. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2017, Justice Iyer was a law professor at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, a member of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, and a practicing lawyer. She was also appointed King’s Counsel in 2016.

    Justice Laurie was born to Chinese-Filipino parents in Manila, Philippines, making her the first Justice of Filipino-Chinese descent and one of the first Filipino-Canadians appointed to British Columbia’s Supreme Court. Justice Laurie was a prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, practicing criminal and constitutional law. Outside of her busy litigation practice, Justice Laurie served on several committees within the Public Prosecution Service and was involved with the School for Prosecutors as a vice principal and faculty member. She also serves as a council member for Health Quality B.C. 

    FACL BC is heartened to see Justices Iyer and Laurie appointed to their respective positions on the bench. After FACL BC has advocated for greater representation in our judiciary, we are glad to see the Honourable Arif Virani appoint a slate of judges who are as diverse as they are capable. A judiciary that reflects our province’s diversity and promotes access to justice is well-positioned to meet the needs of our community. We look forward to the Justices’ continued contribution to the legal profession and British Columbia.

  • 15 May 2024 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May is Asian Heritage Month, a time for all Canadians to delve into the history of Asian Canadians and recognize their significant contributions to our society. 

    Since the 1990s, Asian Heritage Month has been nationally observed, gaining official recognition by the Federal Government in May 2002. Despite enduring discriminatory immigration policies like the “Chinese Exclusion Act” and the “continuous journey regulation,” Asian populations have persevered in Canada, leaving an indelible mark across various sectors including arts, science, sports, business, and government. Today, the multifaceted tapestry of Asian cultures and the enduring legacy of Asian Canadians profoundly shape Canada’s history, communities, and future. 

    The theme for this year’s Asian Heritage Month, “Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future: Amplifying Asian Canadian Legacy,” celebrates the diverse heritage and enduring contributions of people of Asian origin in Canada. On this special occasion, FACL BC encourages our members to explore and celebrate the vibrant cultures and histories of Asian Canadian communities.

    In recognition of Asian Heritage Month, FACL BC invites you to our upcoming documentary screening with the Law Society of British Columbia. But I Look Like a Lawyer is FACL BC’s documentary that highlights the discrimination and bias faced by the Asian Canadian legal community in BC. The screening will take place on May 22, 2024 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. The documentary is inspired by But I Was Wearing a Suit, which highlights the perspectives of the Indigenous legal community. Register here - limited spots remaining.
  • 25 Mar 2024 1:20 PM | FACL BC (Administrator)

    Applications closed.

    FACL BC Contractor Posting: Executive Coordinator 

    The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society (“FACL BC”) is looking for a highly-motivated 1L (preferred) or 2L BC law student to serve as our next Executive Coordinator, to help fulfill our mission of promoting equity, justice and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the broader community. This is a one-year paid independent contractor position at a competitive hourly rate. Estimated hours range from 5 to 10 hours per week but are not guaranteed.

    FACL BC is a pan-Asian organization celebrating the diversity of our Asian communities - we explicitly encourage applicants who identify as being “Asian-Canadian”, including but not limited to South Asian, West Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, or any other self-identifying Asian-Canadian law students from any BC law school (UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of Victoria, and Thompson Rivers University) to apply.

    As part of our mission to continue diversifying our operations outside of the Greater Vancouver area, based on equal qualifications, preference may be given to candidates applying from the University of Victoria or Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law. 

    Apply here: https://forms.gle/mu7AhyAhPiSmyCTp8 

    Deadline to apply: April 2, 2024 at 11:59PM Pacific Time.  

    Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, so please apply early. Only qualified candidates who are shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

    Term: May 1, 2024 - May 31,  2025

    Rate: $24.00 per hour

    Hours: 5-10 hours per week (estimated, not guaranteed)

    Who are we?

    FACL BC is a diverse coalition of Asian-Canadian legal professionals working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian-Canadian legal professionals and the broader community.  FACL BC is the largest equity-seeking bar organization in British Columbia with over 620 members across all areas of the legal profession including students, associates, partners, in-house counsel, public service, and the judiciary.   

    In November 2023, we hosted our largest Gala to date featuring Patrick Chan, Olympic figure skater, who spoke on the theme of Champions: Within, Among, and Beyond. We welcomed 767 guests to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to a sold out evening, preceded by our first in-person daytime Conference featuring Judge Gurmail Gill of the BC Provincial Court.

    FACL BC was also the winner of the 2022 Clawbies award for Best Podcast and the 2021 Clawbies award for Best Innovative Project for our ground-breaking documentary, “But I Look Like a Lawyer”, which captures stories of the discrimination, stereotyping and bias experienced by members of the Pan-Asian legal community.  

    Our documentary was also selected for The 26th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival and NALP Annual Conference in Vancouver, and will be screened at the Law Society of BC. You may also recall learning about our documentary in school, as it is mandatory viewing for Professional Responsibility students at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law),  and is recommended reading for incoming students at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. The documentary is also recommended viewing for students enrolled in the Law Society of BC’s Professional Legal Training Course and was recently mandatory viewing for students at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

    What are we looking for?

    • Current 1L (preferred) or 2L student attending the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law or Peter A. Allard School of Law;

    • Self-identification as Asian-Canadian preferred;

    • Outstanding organizational and communication skills (verbal and written);

    • Experience planning events for non-profit organizations, student clubs or similar organizations;

    • Experience with platforms such as Google Drive and Zoom is an asset;

    • Experience with social media platforms such as Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook is an asset;

    • Experience with Linktree, graphic design (Canva), and website management (Wild Apricot) is an asset;

    • Willingness to learn, adapt and problem-solve;

    • Ability to work independently and in a team, with another Executive Coordinator and Associate Director, and with multiple stakeholders;

    • Ability to meet tight and competing deadlines within a highly active organization; and

    • Ability to work occasionally in the evenings and on weekends, as required.

    The successful candidate must possess a personal laptop and a reliable Internet connection. Additional training on the software applications listed above will be provided to the successful candidate.

    What are your responsibilities?

     Administrative

    • Respond to director requests for assistance with events, operate Wild Apricot (our membership/website platform) or another platform, Zoom, Canva and Google Drive, and send out emails;

    • Approve new membership applications, maintain an orderly archive and assist the Treasurer with financial matters on Wild Apricot;

    • Contact Wild Apricot to troubleshoot issues that arise;

    • Apply for CPD credits or other professional credit approvals for FACL BC’s events;

    • Assist in recording board meeting minutes and/or action items, if needed;

    • Attend FACL BC monthly board meetings (typically the second week of each month), Board orientation (typically in August), and the internal Board retreat (typically in March), as required; and

    • Assist the Treasurer with collecting information and drafting grant applications for FACL BC.

    Communications

    • Review and respond to emails received in the general FACL BC inbox and forward other inquiries accordingly to the appropriate committee and director(s);

    • Coordinate with the Membership Committee to draft and send out monthly email newsletters to FACL BC’s membership;

    • Assist in sending out calendar invites to directors for board meetings and contractual deadlines with other third-parties;

    • Assist with preparing marketing materials, including updating the FACL BC website, Instagram page, LinkedIn account, Facebook page and newsletter; and

    • Report regularly to the President, Associate Director and FACL BC Executive Committee as needed.

    Event Planning

    • Provide logistical support for FACL BC events and initiatives including creating event pages on Wild Apricot, and Zoom and Facebook;

    • Make event name tags for attendees and speakers;

    • Set up and attend  virtual events, where requested;

    • Assist the Secretary with updating our internal events calendar with new events and changes, if needed;

    • Create and send thank you cards and arrange to deliver FACL BC merchandise to event guests and event speakers, as required; and

    • Such other FACL BC-related services, and deliverables, as we may request.

    Privacy Policy

    We take your privacy seriously.  For details, please see our FACL BC Privacy Policy here
  • 8 Mar 2024 12:28 PM | FACL BC (Administrator)

    Today, on International Women’s Day, FACL BC celebrates the achievements of women and girls in all of their diversity, here in British Columbia and around the world. We honour those who stand up for gender and racial equality, in big and small ways. We also affirm our commitment to advocating for gender equality and uplifting the voices of Asian women in the legal community.

    This year’s International Women’s Day theme, Inspire Inclusion, emphasizes the importance of diversity and empowerment in all aspects of society. The theme highlights the need for everyone to recognize the unique perspectives and contributions of women from all walks of life, including those from marginalized communities. We need to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected. 

    FACL BC imagines and is committed to a world, including a legal community, free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. We celebrate the careers of numerous outstanding women lawyers and jurists across Canada. Notably, we celebrate Justice Mary Moreau, the latest addition to the Supreme Court of Canada. Her appointment marks a transformative moment, ushering in an era where women constitute the majority on our highest court.

    We encourage you to read our ​​resource list to highlight the voices and work of Asian women in the legal profession: Amplifying Asian Women in Law: A FACL BC International Women’s Day Resource List (2021)

  • 15 Feb 2024 2:59 PM | FACL BC (Administrator)

    Dear FACL BC Members,

    Effective April 1, 2024, there will be an increase in Full Membership and Supporting Membership pricing from $50 to $80 per year. This adjustment is necessary to support the continued growth and sustainability of FACL BC, a non-profit society dedicated to serving the Asian Canadian legal community. 

    In addition, our memberships are currently valid for one year from the date of activation or renewal. Starting January 1, 2025, we will also be transitioning all memberships to a calendar year membership term (January-December) to facilitate a streamlined renewal process for all members. More details to follow in late 2024.

    In an effort to mitigate the impact on our members, we are pleased to announce the following transitional measures:

    • Active Full Members and Supporting Members with renewal dates between April 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024 will have their membership term automatically extended to January 1, 2025 at no extra cost.
    • Active Full Members and Supporting Members who have already renewed their membership in 2024 or plan to renew their membership by March 31, 2024 will be eligible for a 2024 prorated rebate discount code upon request by emailing info@faclbc.ca when they renew their membership in January 2025. The prorated rebate discount code will only be available upon request from January 1, 2025 to January 31, 2025.
    • Articling students, NCA candidates, and judicial clerks to the BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Canada, Tax Court of Canada, and Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada are considered Full Members. However, if you fall under any of these categories, you can select the prorated discount membership option at checkout, which reduces the Full Member pricing from $80 to $50.  If you have any questions or issues regarding the prorated membership option, please contact info@faclbc.ca. 

    Student Membership pricing will remain complimentary and unchanged. Full Membership and Student Membership will continue to be the only classes of members with voting rights and eligibility to run for the FACL BC Board of Directors. If you have any questions, please visit here or contact info@faclbc.ca.

    Thank you for your continued support of FACL BC.

    Warm regards,

    FACL BC

  • 12 Feb 2024 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications for this position are now closed.

    FACL BC Associate Director Job Posting (2024-2025)

    FACL BC (Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society) is the largest equity-seeking organization in Western Canada. FACL BC is an incorporated non-profit society dedicated to promoting equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian-Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.

    We are currently seeking a dynamic individual to join our team as an Associate Director, made possible through funding from the Law Foundation of BC. This independent contractor role is budgeted for up to $40,000 per year.

    This independent contractor role is ideal for someone who is passionate about fostering diversity and inclusion within the BC legal community, and someone who aligns with our organization's mission of promoting equity, justice and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professions and the wider community.

    This independent contractor role is mostly remote, but occasional in-person attendance may be required in Vancouver (mostly downtown), Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby, and at the location of our retreat(s). The locations of our retreats this year are tentatively in Langley and Whistler, BC.

    Location: Vancouver, BC (hybrid, mostly remote)

    Salary: $30-35 per hour

    Hours: 10 to 20 hours per week estimated (not guaranteed)

    Term: 1 year

    Key Qualifications:

    • You are ideally a non-practicing lawyer who is otherwise in good standing with the Law Society of BC, an experienced paralegal or legal assistant, a law student with relevant executive assistant experience, or someone who already works in the legal field.

    • Self-identification as a member of the Asian-Canadian (legal) community is preferred.

    • Alignment with FACL BC's mandate (demonstrable evidence of allyship is an asset).

    • Experience with equity, diversity, and inclusion work is an asset.

    • Willingness to work with our Board of Directors, currently composed of 18 lawyers, 3 law students, and 2 part-time student contractors (Executive Coordinators).

    • Ability to commit to a term of up to 1 year.

    • 2+ years of administrative or executive assistant experience is a significant asset.

    • Familiarity with Zoom, Google Drive, and Google Workspace, and website/membership management (i.e. Wild Apricot) is preferred.

    • Willing to provide administrative support during standard business hours and flexibility with assisting in the evening and weekends as needed.

    Responsibilities:

    • Provide administrative support for FACL BC’s Board of Directors and committees (Advocacy, Membership, Mentorship, Gala, In-House, and NCA/LLM).

    • Attend monthly board meetings, and where the President and Vice Presidents are not available, attend external meetings on behalf of FACL BC and report to the Board of Directors thereafter.

    • Assist with virtual and in-person event logistics, including registration, Zoom/IT management, and sending post-event surveys.

    • Assist the Advocacy Committee with drafting grant proposals and updating time-sensitive annual statements and blog posts.

    • Oversee and contribute to the FACL BC Journal project, also made possible through funding from the Law Foundation of BC.

    • Work with the Membership Committee to develop and distribute newsletters to FACL BC’s 630+ members, and send targeted email blasts to our members as required.

    • Facilitate FACL BC’s Membership Retreat in Whistler, BC.

    • Coordinate the FACL BC Benefit Banquet, a fundraiser dinner scheduled for 2025 and every two years thereafter.

    • Collaborate on initiatives related to experienced legal practitioners (partners, shareholders, and managing partners) to enhance their relationships with FACL BC.

    • Contribute to the Leadership Academy by working with program leads on application materials, operations, guest speakers, and marketing.

    • Assist the Mentorship Committee with the mentorship pairing program, as needed.

    How to Apply:

    Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to the attention of Fiona Wong at president@faclbc.ca. In the cover letter, please provide examples of your commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Asian-Canadian (legal) community. Please include "Associate Director Application - FACL BC" in the subject line.

    Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2024 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The anticipated start date for the role is on or after April 1, 2024.

    FACL BC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Please find a PDF of this job posting here

  • 9 Feb 2024 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society (“FACL BC”) expresses its warmest congratulations to Judge Karen Leung on her appointment to the Provincial Court in the Vancouver Region. Judge Leung will be sworn in on March 4, 2024.

    For the past decade, Judge Leung has significantly advanced access to justice as legal counsel at the BC Provincial Court. Her membership in committees liaising with counsel, the executive branch, and the Superior Courts strengthened relationships behind the scenes of the courtroom while streamlining the public’s access to the courts. In particular, she assisted with drafting Court Practice Directives and Notices to the Public that were vital in providing access to justice during the COVID-19 pandemic. From organizing the very first BC Provincial Court Twitter Town Hall to the creation of the Virtual Courts Toolkit, Judge Leung’s work has set the stage for how our legal system can pivot in response to unprecedented times.

    A judiciary that reflects our province’s diversity and promotes access to justice is well-positioned to meet the needs of our community and aligns with FACL BC’s mandate of promoting equity, justice and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community. We look forward to Judge Leung’s continued contribution to the legal profession.


  • 9 Feb 2024 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society is thrilled to have been invited to collaborate with CBABC and SABA BC on this initiative. Having procedures that promote the correct pronunciation of names can play a significant role in ensuring that individuals are treated with respect and dignity in court and before tribunals, regardless of their race, culture or ethnicity. From the CBABC website:

    On February 2, CBABC, the South Asian Bar Association of BC and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (BC) Society delivered a letter to the Chief Justice of BC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of BC, Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of BC, and the Chair of Circle of Chairs of BC Administrative Tribunals.

    The letter offers best practices to ensure that all people appearing before courts and tribunals throughout BC have their names pronounced correctly, increasing inclusion for lawyers and participants across the province.

    The suggestions include:

    • Amended practice directions to outline how participants can advise the court/tribunal of the pronunciation of their names.
    • Updated standard practices to request pronunciation of all names upon introduction.
    • Encouragement to request confirmation of pronunciation.
    • Verification of the correct pronunciation of all participants prior to the hearing.

    Implementation of these practices will improve the experience of Indigenous and racialized people who appear before our courts and tribunals. It also sends the message that everyone, regardless of race, culture and ethnicity, should be treated with equal respect and dignity.

    Read the full PDF here. 

  • 1 Feb 2024 12:58 PM | FACL BC (Administrator)

    The 2024 theme for Black History Month is: “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build”. This theme celebrates the rich past and present contributions and accomplishments of Black people in Canada, while aspiring to embrace new opportunities for the future. FACL BC invites our membership to learn more about Black Canadian communities, and how they continue to help shape Canada.

    FACL BC recognizes that anti-Black racism continues to exist in the legal profession and Canadian society at large. As Asian-Canadian legal professionals, we commit to acting in solidarity with our Black colleagues and acknowledge the contributions Black legal professionals have made to the profession. 

    This year, Lunar New Year will be held during Black History Month. We want to recognize the long history of Black and Asian solidarity and tensions in North America. Against the backdrop of COVID-19 and its disproportionate impacts on Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC), both the Black Lives Matter movement and the Stop Asian Hate movement gained significant momentum in the public eye. We must work to ensure the pledges of solidarity made then are continued to be put into action. These actions must also include undoing the anti-Black racism and colourism that continue to exist within Asian communities. FACL BC commits to strengthening interracial solidarity toward the shared goals of ending racial injustice and white supremacy to build a better future.

    To find resources on topics such as tackling anti-Black racism in Asian communities and allyship and action, visit FACL BC’s Resource List for Black History Month.
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