FACL/NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference and Gala 2014

 FACL/NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference and Gala 2014

Breakthrough! Shattering Barriers and Creating Opportunities

Message of Thanks from the President of FACL - October 6, 2014

Conference Brochure

Photos from Conference and Gala

Profiles of 2014 FACL Award Winners and Omatsu Scholarship Recipient



WHEN: Saturday September 27, 2014

Registration: 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Conference: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Dominion Ballroom
123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

For out of town guests, discounted rates at the Sheraton Centre are available until September 1, 2014. A discount may be obtained by referring to the “Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers group” or the group code “FOI27A”.
Please click HERE for details.




WHEN: Saturday September 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

WHERE: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Osgoode Ballroom
123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

After Party!



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Breakthrough! Shattering Barriers and Creating Opportunities

When? Saturday, September 27, 2014
Registration: 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Conference: 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Gala Dinner: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where? Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Dominion Ballroom
Registration? On Eventbrite
AccredCPD-BW This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Upper Canada.This program is eligible for up to 4.25 Professionalism Hours and up to 6.75 Substantive Hours.
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 1.0 hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.
Participants may also be eligible for CLE credit in New York and New Jersey through reciprocity


9:00 - 10:00 am - Coaching/Networking Session

Tonya Munro, Landmark Forum

  • Leadership and the Power of Listening.

10:00 - 10:15 am - Break

10:15 - 10:45 am - Introductory Remarks and Welcome

Lai-King Hum, President, FACL
Christopher Hope, Conference Chair
Brendan Wong, Conference Chair

10:45 - 11:45 am - Keynote Presentation

11:45 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch and Meeting of Northeast Affiliate Leaders

1:00 - 2:15 pm - Afternoon Panel Section 1 

(1A) Tracking Diversity: U.S. Lessons for Canadian Jurisdictions
Professionalism Content (Ontario): 0.5 Hours

Kate Broer, Partner, Dentons LLP
Av Maharaj, Counsel, Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP
Caroline Tsai, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, U.S. Personal & Commercial Banking, BMO Financial Group
Ernest Tuckett, General Counsel, Dupont Canada

Bindu Cudjoe, Associate General Counsel & Managing Director, BMO Financial Group

  • American data shows that people of Asian descent are the largest percentage of minorities entering law firms, but have the lowest rate of conversion from associate/counsel to partners. Why is this so?
  • Americans have also tracked data on the diversity of lawyers within law firms and in-house. In some settings, a law firm will not be retained by its clients unless it meets those client's diversity standards.
  • What can Canadians learn from our neighbours, and should we adopt the same tactics?
  • Is the argument that there are historical differences in our national experiences valid?
  • Is there a backlash against minorities in either the U.S. or Canada?
  • Hear from leaders in diversity describe the initiatives their organizations have taken to enhance diversity in the legal profession, support the tracking of diversity, and significantly, make the business case for diversity.

(1B) The Evolution of the Law Firm Model
Professionalism Content (Ontario): 1.25 Hours

Andy Chan, Managing Partner, Miller Thomson LLP - Markham
Rubsun Ho, Partner and Founder, Cognition LLP
Alexie Landry, Senior Manager, Deloitte Canada
Sophia Lee, Chief Counsel - Litigation, Sunoco Inc.

  • The demise of a national Canadian firm, and the changing marketplace for the delivery of legal services, has brought the traditional model under pressure to change. Yet, large firm mergers, creating larger international firms, continue to take place.
  • Outsourcing of legal services, virtual offices, and unbundling of legal service exist side by side with large mega-firms. What do all these changes mean for lawyers? What is the changing role of law firms in the changing marketplace?

(1C) Launching Your Legal Career: The First Crucial Years
Professionalism Content (Ontario): 1.25 Hours

Tammy Law, Barrister and Solicitor
Jason Leung, Leung Law PC
Clara J. Ohr, Assistant General Counsel - Trading, Hess Corporation
Poonam Puri, Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Dal Bathal, Partner, The Counsel Network

  • The first few years after law school set the foundation for the young lawyer’s future career growth. What are the chief “do’s” and “don’ts” for young lawyers? What are some of the top ethical issues that they face? How do you learn to deal with clients and career development?
  • Hear from panelists in private practice, public sector and in academia about how to take sure-footed steps along the right path.

Materials (PDF):
1. Panel Program
2. Panel Biography
3. Going In-House
4. Marketing Essentials for Associates
5. TCN Sample Resume
6. TCN Sample Transaction Sheet
7. The Critical Guide to Career Development for In-House Counsel
8. The Perils of Overconfidence in Job Interviews

(1D) Righting Wrongs: Chinese and Japanese Redress Actions 

The Honourable Justice Maryka Omatsu, Ontario Court of Justice
Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Brad Yamauchi, Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP
Gary Yee, Ontario tribunal chair, former National President of Chinese Canadian National Council

  • This panel will bring together activists and speakers on both sides of the border to discuss the strategic roles of legal, community and political advocacy in the long battles for justice for the righting historical wrongs against Japanese Canadians, Japanese Americans and Chinese Canadians.
  • These wrongs included the wartime internment of residents of Japanese ancestry (including citizens) and confiscation of their property and Canada's racist Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Act that lasted until 1947.

2:15 - 2:45 pm - Break

2:45 - 4:00 pm - Afternoon Panel Section 2

(2A) The Latest on Cross-Border Class Actions 

Subrata Bhattacharjee, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Pankit J. Doshi, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Won Kim, Partner, Kim Orr Barristers
Brad Yamauchi, Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP

Rebecca Huang, Partner, Foglers, LLP

  • Class actions often transcend provincial/state, national and international boundaries. When injuries or torts happen with connections to several jurisdictions, legal issues arise that need to be considered.  This panel will highlight some of those issues, and explore how recent caselaw has dealt with them.
  • Issues include:
    • Preferable procedure
    • Compelling evidence across borders
    • Binding nature of settlements in other jurisdictions

(2B) Immigration, Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Fay Faraday, Faraday Law
Mahmud Jamal, Partner, Osler Hoskin Harcourt LLP
Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Sandra Nishikawa, Counsel, Ministry of Attorney General

  • Both Canada and the U.S. are known as nations of immigrants. Each nation has responded in its own way to the often delicate balance between individual and collective human rights - for example, individual liberties and security, religious expression and competing human rights such as gender equality.
  • The panelists will discuss the intersections between anti-immigrant sentiments, multiculturalism and human rights, and explore how courts and governments have treated the conflicts, and how this has affected immigration policies.

Related Articles and Reports (links):
1. Made in Canada:  How the Law Constructs Migrant Worker Insecurity
2. Profiting from the Precarious:  How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers

(2C) In Conversation with General Counsel

Will Chang, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Granite Global Solutions Inc.
Thomas Kim, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, Global Growth & Operations, Thomson Reuters
Julia Shin-Doi, General Counsel & Secretary of the Board of Governors, Ryerson University
Mark Wong, General Counsel, Target Canada Co.

Lai-King Hum, Principal, Hum Law Firm

  • Lawyers want to know, and general counsel will not hesitate to answer – what do GCs want from their lawyers?
  • In an interactive session, get tips from these GCs on what works if you want to court them successfully and keep their business. What will make in-house counsel decide to change lawyers? Does diversity factor into their decisions?
  • This is a special question and answer session where the discussion will be determined by those posing the questions.

(2D) Access to Justice and the Unrepresented Litigant
Professionalism Content (Ontario): 1.25 Hours
Ethics/Professionalism (PA): 1.00 Hour


Lee Jacobs, Professor of Law & Society and Political Science and Director of the Institute for Social Research, York University
Shalini Konanur, Executive Director, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Immanuel Lanzaderas, Criminal Duty Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario

Jason Tam, Counsel, Ontario Ministry of Labour

  • There is a rise in unrepresented litigants in our courtrooms. The reasons for this include the rising cost of legal fees making representation inaccessible for those in low and middle-class demographics, increasing resources available for litigants to “do it” themselves, and litigants intent on pursuing justice against their lawyer’s advice.
    How does this affect the administration of justice?
  • This panel will explore the myriad measures being taken to decrease the barriers to justice, and the ways in which unrepresented litigants are provided with legal resources and assistance generally.

4:00 - 4:45 pm - Judicial Trailblazers: Some Personal Reflections on Being a Racialized Judge

The Honourable Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The Honourable Justice Harry LaForme, Court of Appeal for Ontario
The Honourable Justice Steve Coroza, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
The Honourable Justice Faye E. McWatt, Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Dean Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

6:00 - 11:00 pm - Gala Dinner

Master of Ceremonies:
Jeffrey Lem, Bencher, The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Sidewalk Crusaders (with an appearance by Gerald Chan, Partner, Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan, Barristers)


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