Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic Annual General Meeting

Date:     Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Time:     6 pm – 8 pm

    University Settlement House, 23 Grange Road, Toronto

Whatever Happened to Family Values in Immigration Law?

Special Guest Speakers:

• Amy Casipullai,Policy and Communication Coordinator, Ontario Council of Agencies

Serving Immigrants

• Pei Yu, Ontario Chinese Senior Association

Light refreshments will be served!

For more information, please contact (416) 971-9674.

For the Chinese and Vietnamese version of this announcement, please CLICK HERE.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

FACL is an affiliate of the NE Region of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  The link to NAPABA’s website can be permanently accessed on the “General Resources” page under the “Resources” menu.

Student Member Invitation – Making the Most of Your Law School Experience

Event: You’re Only a Law student Once (making the most of your law school experience)

Date: Friday, July 19th

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
Bay Adelaide Centre

Currently the panel consists of:

Stuart Woody, student-at-law, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Justine Lindner, student-at-law, Heenan Blaikie LLP
Aisha Ramakrishnan, student-at-law, Aird & Berlis LLP
Sebastien Kwidzinski, Associate, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

The panel will be open to all years and limited to 30 students.

Please RSVP to Vanisha Sukdeo at: by Friday, July 12th

Invitation – 2013 North American Association of Asian Professionals Career and Diversity Expo

FACL is happy to extend an invitation to its membership to the 2013 NAAAP conference taking place from August 8th-10th in Toronto.  Although the organization isn’t a legal organization per se, the convention should provide for an excellent opportunity for those seeking to network with U.S. professionals at the doorstep of many of our firms.  Please see below for details and the special FACL rate.

When: August 8-10, 2013

Sheraton Centre
123 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9, Tel.416-361-1000
Secial convention hotel room accommodation rate:

Special Offer to FACL Members:
FREE access to the Career Fair (Saturday Only) + FREE Video Resume Account with Pangea
Save $25.00 (value) with Community Partner Promo Code: PAN2348

SPECIAL Member Rate for Convention Registration with Community Partner Promo Code:  PRT8821  (Apply Promo Code at the time of Registration and includes the FREE offer above)

Visit: for full registration options.
Early Bird Prices valid until Friday, July 12, 2013

FACL will be hosting a workshop at the Convention – Exact time and date TBD.

Event Details from NAAAP:

Members of FACL are invited to participate at the highly anticipated 2013 NAAAP International Convention where you can be a part of an exciting 3 day leadership experience, career & diversity expo attracting hundreds of professionals, executives and corporate sponsors from 28 NAAAP City Chapters across the United States and Canada.  As the marquee event for NAAAP, the annual Convention is an outstanding program for Asian professionals who are at the beginning, middle or apex of their careers, who are seeking new connections with their professional or cultural counterparts and who are interested in the diverse facets of leadership today.

The Convention features accomplished business and community leader speakers from across North America, NAAAP100 award winners and an outstanding Career & Diversity Expo showcasing employers who are committed to diversity.

Why should you attend?
– Make dreams into real goals from inspirational and idea generating breakout sessions
– Improve personal confidence and variety of professional contacts with networking
– Take your experiences back to your workplace as a global professional
– Explore career ladders or seek new opportunities
– Learn more about other members in your chapter outside of regular chapter meetings and events
– Connect with various levels of the national NAAAP organization and experience the NAAAP vision

As the NAAAP Convention returns for the second time ever to Toronto Ontario Canada, there’s no better time to broaden your leadership internationally with hundreds of professionals getting together from across the U.S. and Canada!  Immerse yourself in over 20 breakout sessions on career development, project management, leadership styles, and issues affecting Asian professionals, as well as keynotes by accomplished Asians in business, government, academia, and sports and entertainment.

Convention attendees will have frequent opportunities to connect and network in each day of the agenda to build long-lasting relationships with other goal-minded people just like you. In addition, the Diversity Expo showcases and targets Asian-owned businesses as well as employers seeking highly qualified candidates. Special this year is the Friday Night City Experience CityX. On Saturday, the formal Gala dinner will recognize the NAAAP100 Award winners, Chapter Excellence Awards, and top sponsors. Dress your best, step onto the red carpet, and create many memories.

The Career Fair is a prime component and brings together employers that have job openings and a desire to recruit Asian professionals. People who are actively seeking jobs or networking to explore new or expanded careers will have an opportunity to talk with hiring managers, and attend corporate overview sessions. In order to have attendee resumes seen by Career Fair sponsors/exhibitors, post/update your resume in the NAAAP online Career Center at

If you’re ready to influence your career and your colleagues, want to break a glass ceiling yourself, actively or passively job seeking, the 2013 NAAAP International Convention and Career Fair is the BEST place to be.  Register today to take your leadership potential to the next level.

Further inquiries:

Career Fair:

Avvy Go Elected Bencher of The Law Society of Upper Canada

FACL is pleased to announce that FACL founding officer Avvy Yao-Yao Go has been elected to the position of bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada at the June 27thConvocation of the Law Society.  Go was elected to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Wendy Matheson as a judge of the Superior Court of Ontario.

Avvy Go has served as the Clinic Director of the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic since 1992 and has spent her legal career working as a passionate advocate for legal aid access and for the furtherance of equity within the legal profession.  In 2007, along with Superior Court Justice Maryka Omatsu and Lawyer Julia Shin-Doi, Go organized and launched FACL.

The FACL Board is proud to celebrate Go’s election and is honoured to continue to support her work throughout the pan-Asian communities of Canada.

Interesting fact:  The Law Society of Upper Canada was created by an act of the Legislative Assembly in 1797.