Pathways to Licensing: FACL Ontario Submissions

FACL Ontario is considering making submissions to the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) in regards to its review of the licensing process. The LSO is accepting comments from lawyers, candidates, and the public in its “Dialogue on Licensing” until October 26, 2018. 

This is a potentially transformational time for the legal profession as the LSO contemplates changing the process for how licensing candidates qualify to be called to the bar.

In order to help ensure the LSO consider a synthesis of the views and experiences of Asian members of the bar, FACL Ontario invites all of its members (including student members) to fill in our survey at:

Pathways to Licensing Survey

It is not necessary to submit personally identifying information. Responses will be kept anonymous, and any information of a personally identifying nature (including names of employers) will be kept strictly confidential and will not be circulated beyond the FACL Ontario Board of Directors.

Your responses will help inform us of the impact of the licensing process on Asian licensing candidates (e.g. the articling crisis), as well as priority issues for the LSO to address in its reform, and will help us prepare our submissions. Please complete this questionnaire by October 12, 2018.

Full information on LSO’s Dialogue on Licensing is available here:

Congratulations to Brendan Wong!

FACL Ontario extends its congratulations to Brendan Wong, our past president, on his election as the new National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) North East Regional Governor!

This is a wonderful opportunity for Brendan to work with a number of NAPABA colleagues across the Northeastern United States and, in doing so, identify opportunities for FACL to help support NAPABA projects and initiatives taking place south of the border. 

Brendan’s election continues his longstanding involvement with NAPABA which, among other things, included his work co-chairing the 2014 NAPABA NE Regional Conference that was hosted in Toronto.  Brendan will be the second Canadian lawyer to serve as NAPABA NE Regional Governor, as our friend and colleague Jason Leung served energetically in that role in 2012/13. 

Brendan will formally begin his new role as NE Regional Governor in November.