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  • 25 Nov 2020 12:11 AM | Anonymous



    Spotlight: Jim Alam

    This month’s spotlight is Jim Alam. Jim is a partner at Koffman Kalef LLP and was a founding member and director.

    1. What is something that not many people know about you?

    I'm an honorary O-G of the Singapore Wakeboarding Community (even though I only was there for less than a year and only learned to board while there).

    2. What has been your favourite FACL event or initiative so far?

    My favourite FACL event is FACL BC’s annual gala in November.  

    (In place of an in-person gala this year, FACL BC has their first-ever virtual conference! For more information, please visit: http://faclbc.ca/gala/)

    3. What advice would you give yourself if you were to go back in time?

    Enjoy the present rather than focusing so much on the future or the past.

  • 9 Nov 2020 11:59 PM | Anonymous


    Spotlight: Philip Huynh

    This month’s spotlight is Philip Huynh. Philip is the City Solicitor and Director of Legal Services for the City of Surrey and was a past board member.

    1. What is something that not many people know about you?

    I published a collection of short stories in 2019 called The Forbidden Purple City that was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. The stories are about the Vietnamese diaspora after the war, living in Canada and elsewhere.

    2. How did you first get involved with FACL BC?

    I was the first president of FACL when it was founded in Ontario back in 2007. By acclamation! I remember being at a volunteer dinner during the early days and no one took the job. Then someone just pointed at me, saying we need a president. Maybe it was because I was sitting at the center table. 

    Back then, FACL was still trying to define itself as both a professional networking organization and a forum for advocacy and activism on social causes. I think it’s a balance that FACL nationally is still striking. I enjoyed so much working with the early board and executives, including Judge Maryka Omatsu, Elaine Hua, Jason Leung, and others.

    3. What has been your favourite FACL event or initiative so far?

    I really enjoyed (and miss) the annual galas and keynote speakers. It has always been a highlight in my calendar, a chance to catch up with old friends and colleagues and to meet the future of the Asian Canadian legal bar. One of my favorite speakers was the Honourable Justice Patrick Chen of the Provincial Court of British Columbia, who gave us a funny, wise, and heartfelt story about his life. He has done everything from working in Jamaica as a cartographer, to being a high school teacher and a lecturer in Economic Geography, to being a pioneering lawyer at a law firm in Vancouver’s Chinatown before becoming a judge. He is a lesson in being open to the possibilities of life and treating it as a great adventure.

    (In place of an in-person gala this year, FACL BC has their first-ever virtual conference! For more information, please visit: http://faclbc.ca/gala/)

    4. What advice would you give yourself if you were to go back in time?

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. Be open to the possibilities of life (see above). Be comfortable with uncertainty. During my career, I made a series of huge leaps – moving from Vancouver to practice commercial litigation in New York, then moving to Toronto, then becoming a municipal lawyer at the City of Surrey. All big, scary moves – and at the time impossible to tell if they were the right ones. You can analyze all you want, but ultimately you have to trust your gut, and that everything will turn out fine. Also, stop and smell the flowers. Enjoy the moment.

  • 20 Oct 2020 11:58 PM | Anonymous

                

    Spotlight: Maria Kim-Bautista 

    This month’s spotlight is Maria Kim-Bautista. Maria is a Senior Legal Advisor for Population Data BC at UBC and was a past President as well as one of the founding members of FACL BC.  

    What is something that not many people know about you?

    I speak Japanese. One of my undergrad majors was in Japanese Language & Culture and I spent my 3rd year undergrad on an exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo, living with a Japanese host family (who didn't speak any English). It was the best time of my life!

    How did you first get involved with FACL? 

    I first got involved with FACL BC in my 2nd year of law school in 2011. I was new to UBC / Allard Law, being a transfer student from the University of Alberta, and wanted to connect with other lawyers and legal professionals in Vancouver. I was one of the founding members of FACL BC, and stayed on the board for about 9 years, including my time serving as the President in 2017-18. Having been part of the FACL family for so long and wishing to further support its cause, my husband, Nicco, and I were motivated to recently create an award for first-generation law students at Allard Law. 

    What advice would you give yourself if you were to go back in time?

    Don't be afraid to seek out what you want. You will enter law school with preconceived notions about what path you ought to take in your career. Over time, your perception of your ideal career might be influenced by your desire to satisfy expectations from your community or financial commitments. Instead, try and remain true to your values, what you find interesting, and what you want out of your career, as in the long run, it will make your journey more rewarding.

    What has been your favourite FACL event or initiative so far?

    Mentorship events and initiatives for sure. One of the reasons why I jumped at the opportunity to join FACL BC was that I felt that there was a lack of support and a sense of community for Asian law students navigating the legal world. I found that many Asian law students who I spoke with are the first in their families to pursue law and may therefore lack the exposure, insights and connections in the legal community enjoyed by some of their peers (note: my first encounter with a real-life lawyer was at my 1L wine and cheese event!) I am proud that FACL BC, from day 1, has placed a strong emphasis on its mentorship program so that the law students who join FACL BC can continue to be supported in law school and throughout their respective legal careers.

  • 29 Sep 2020 12:57 AM | Anonymous

    Spotlight: Mark Leung

    This month’s spotlight is Mark Leung. Mark is the Director of Legal at BroadbandTV and was a previous board member for FACL BC.

    What is something not many people know about you? 

    For a couple of years during my undergrad, I volunteered as a radio show host for the campus radio station. The show was called "The Sandbox Theatre", where I played radio/audio theatre on the air (think today's digital audio books).  

    How did you first get involved with FACL? 

    I first got involved in FACL back in 2015 when I reached out to FACL's then current (and first) president, Serene Chow, and attended their AGM. Back then, FACL wasn't as "shiny" as it is now, so the AGM was actually held in the basement floor of a downtown brew pub. But despite its grassroots look-and-feel, it was clear, even then, that the organization was becoming a true champion for diversity in the local Legal community. So that year, I volunteered on a Mentorship committee, and then in the following year, I became a Director-at-Large, where I had the privilege of helping the Executive team come up with FACL's mission statements, some of which is still communicated to the public by the organization today.  

    What advice would you give yourself if you were to go back in time? 

    In terms of my career, it sounds awfully cliche, but I would tell myself not to worry about the big picture, and instead, be present with each step of the journey. And to just enjoy the ride, knowing that everything will work out just fine. 

    What is something you would like FACL BC to achieve this year? 

    Being a media lawyer myself, I am very excited to know that FACL will be focusing on growing its digital presence this year. Lawyers and law firms are only starting to scratch the surface at how social media will transform the practice of law and the delivery of legal services to the public. So to see FACL becoming more active on these new platforms is very encouraging.

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