Welcome to the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) British Columbia podcast! We are a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals. We promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the community. The purpose of this podcast highlights the diverse and unique members of our community.
Co-hosts: Fiona Wong, Sandy Lun, Joannie Fu, Jenny Huang
Producer: Michelle Fung
Speaker outreach: Jimmy Zhang
Episode 16: Making Change in Law with Dr. Julie Macfarlane
TW: this episode contains discussions of sexual violence and violence against women. Listener discretion is advised.
In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Julie Macfarlane, Order of Canada recipient and founder of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSLRP). In addition to discussing the access to justice crisis that impacts self-represented litigants, Dr. Macfarlane also shares about her advocacy work against non-disclosure agreements (NDA's) and Islamophobia. The interview concludes with Dr. Macfarlane's commentary on her book titled, Going Public: A Survivor's Journey from Grief to Action, which details her own experiences and struggles with the legal system as a self-represented litigant and survivor of sexual violence.
Episode 15: OCI Recruitment Tips & Tricks with Parveen Sehra, Director of Professional Resources
This episode we sit down with Parveen Sehra, the Director of Professional Resources at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds LLP. She leads the student program for summer and articling students, including recruitment, engagement, and professional development. She is skilled in helping young professionals develop and further their skills and has a broad range of experience within the legal industry. Parveen was most recently one of our speakers on September 14, 2021, for the panel titled “Navigating the Recruitment Process as an Asian-Canadian Law Student: Putting Your Best Foot Forward”. This episode is a recap of that event with OCI guidance, and provides further background on Parveen’s path to legal recruitment.
Episode 14: Money Matters for Legal Professionals with Kelly Ho
October's episode is brought to you by DLD Financial Group, a full-service financial planning firm based in downtown Vancouver. This month we are pleased to have Kelly Ho from DLD discuss money matters with legal professionals. You may have seen Kelly at one of our Fridays with FACL BC events earlier this year. In this episode, Kelly will discuss common financial issues faced by lawyers at all stages of their career and strategies one can employ to maximize their financial success. The goal is to provide you with a foundational understanding of financial planning advice specifically for lawyers and to equip you to make the most out of each hard earned dollar.
Episode 13: A Conversation with Barbara Wang on Law-Adjacent Careers
This episode is a discussion on law-adjacent careers with Barbara Wang, the Manager of Student Experience at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining the law school, Barbara was an associate at McCarthy Tétrault.
Knowing that there would never be the “perfect” time for a career change, after a few years, Barbara made the leap. On the transition from private practice to her current law-adjacent role at Allard, Barbara discusses the factors she considered in her decision, the people she reached out to, the resources she relied on, the subsequent changes with the Law Society, and more.
Episode 12: A Conversation with Aaron Bains on Diversity and Inclusion and the Importance of Relationships: From Hireback, Partnership, to Giving Back to the Community
Welcome back to season 2 of our podcast, where we feature Aaron Bains for this month's episode. Hailing from Surrey, BC, Aaron currently works at Aird & Berlis LLP and is a member of the firm's diversity and inclusion committee. He dedicates his time to various boards, most recently as president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto as well as the St. George's Society. Like our former guest Nerissa Yan, Aaron was named as Canada's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in 2020 by Canadian Lawyer magazine in the Young Influencer category. He was also recognized as a 2020 Precedent Setter by Precedent Magazine, which recognizes six outstanding young Toronto lawyers who have shown excellence and leadership in their practice and their community.
In this episode, we sit down to discuss Aaron's journey as an award-winning Bay Street partner and his commitment to diversity and inclusion outside of work. We also talk about the importance of fostering strong relationships, surrounding ourselves with pleasant colleagues, and genuinely enjoying one's practice.
Episode 11: Minority Representation in Media with Jaskaran Singh Sandhu
This episode is a discussion with Jaskaran Sandhu, lawyer and senior consultant at Crestview Strategy and the founder of Baaz media, on the way in which ethnic communities are portrayed in the media, the historical issues that continue today with minority media representation and the importance of having independent community based media outlets. Jaskaran also sheds light on the ongoing Indian farmer's protest and the role of the media in one of the largest movements in the world.
Prior to joining Crestview Strategy, Jaskaran was the Executive Director of the World Sikh Organization of Canada and also previously served as the Senior Advisor to Brampton’s Office of the Mayor. He also serves on the board of the World Sikh Organization of Canada, is a current CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, and was recognized by Brampton’s Board of Trade as one of Brampton’s top 40 under 40 in 2017.
FACL Guest hosts: Rasmeet Mohar and Hasan Alam