Spotlight: Janis Ko
Janis is a senior associate at Onyx Law Group and was a past board member.
1. What is something that not many people know about you?
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from SFU and worked in a biotech lab for four years before going to law school. In 2008, after deciding that law school probably wasn't right for me (or I wasn't cut out to be a lawyer), I took the LSAT "for fun" and applied to one law school “for fun”. Now, thirteen years later, I have no doubt in my mind that going to law school and becoming a lawyer was the best decision I ever made and I'm so grateful for everything this profession has given me.
2. How did you first get involved with FACL BC?
I first got involved with FACL BC when Candace Cho and Serene Chow recruited me to join them as board members. I had just started articling at Onyx Law Group at the time and didn't really know anyone so it was a great opportunity to connect with some really cool people and expand my network.
3. What has been your favourite FACL event or initiative so far?
Definitely the 2013 FACL BC Gala which featured an inspiring keynote speech by the Honourable Judge R. Patrick Chen.
4. What advice would you give yourself if you were to go back in time?Be yourself. You can and will succeed in this profession without conforming to society's expectations of what a lawyer should look like or act like. Diversity is a strength, not a weakness.