Invitation to Participate in Confidential Survey: Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities in the Legal Profession, conducted by Queen’s University

If you have an LL.B./B.C.L./J.D. degree or equivalent degree from a Canadian or foreign university, AND self-identify as a member of a sexual minority  — then please read on.

A Queen’s University research project, working with the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference of the Canadian Bar Association, is looking for participants to complete a confidential online survey.

To participate, access the survey here or copy and paste this web address into your browser:

Please complete the survey by Oct. 21, 2013.

We want to learn more about people who identify as sexual minorities and their experiences after they have graduated from law school. Our confidential survey focuses on the realities of continuing issues of invisibility, disclosure, bias, and acceptance.

Whether or not you have ever worked in the legal profession, we want to hear from you.

More details on the study are available at the start of the survey.

This study has been granted clearance according to the recommended principles of Canadian ethics guidelines and Queen’s University policies.

If you have any questions or concerns about this research, please feel free to contact Dr. Audrey Kobayashi, Principal Investigator, email:, or telephone: 613 533 3035.  Any ethical concerns about the study may be directed to the Chair of the General Research Ethics Board at or 613-533-6081.


The Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Ontario) (FCCP) and the Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers of Ontario (ACCLO) CLE SEMINARS

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Miller Thompson LLP, Scotia Plaza  40 King Street West, Suite 5800

Additional Details: The FCCP and ACCLO are pleased to present the following speakers, discussing the following topics:

• Justice Steve Coroza – Superior Court of Justice Comments from the Bench Regarding Professionalism and Reputation;

• Jeffrey Lem[1] and Law Pro – avoiding claims;

• Michelle Cheung, Wennie Lee, Roslyn Tsao and Gerald Chan – How to question an expert;

• Dorinda Chiang – Estate Law; and

• Gregory Chang – Personal Injury Law.

• JusticeNet will also be setting up a table.

Cost:  $20 per ticket.

Law students: Free (15 spots allotted for law school students – register now!)

If any law student wishes to assist with set up / greeting, please advise. Pre-registration required. Please contact Carol Suen or by phone at 416-703-2402 ext 500 to register.

FACL Autumn Social

When: Tuesday October 22nd at 6pm

Where: Fionn MacCool’s , 181 University Ave – Upstairs event room

Additional Details: Appetizers will be served. Great company guaranteed!!!

The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, and the smell of pumpkin pies are in the air. What better way to celebrate fall than with an evening with friends?  We hope you’ll join us at the FACL Autumn Social on Tuesday October 22nd.

Call or Chinese-speaking Volunteers for New Legal Workshops

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS)

For 45 years, the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) empowers immigrants in settling and integrating as contributing members of Canadian society through diverse, professional and innovative services. The Centre is collaborating with FACL in planning and providing new legal workshops tailored to the needs of recent immigrants and entrepreneurs.

The workshop would cover three legal areas: business law (entrepreneur law), real estate law, and immigration law. Many CICS’s clients are eager to begin their business here and would be interested in engaging the presenting lawyers.

We are looking for Mandarin and/or Cantonese speakers because the majority of the CICS clients speak these languages.

If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any suggestion about the legal workshop, please contact Lin Cong <> by Tuesday October 1.

If you have question or other program ideas for the CICS, please contact Anna Wong <>. For more information about the CICS, please visit