May 13, 2021 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a timely chat with the Honorable Justice Mavin Wong exploring diversity and Asian representation in the legal profession.

About this Event

The FACL Ottawa Committee is pleased to present a fireside chat with Justice Mavin Wong (Ontario Court of Justice), moderated by Professor Jamie Liew (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law), discussing Justice Wong’s career as a criminal defence lawyer and a judge, and exploring the topics of diversity and Asian representation in the profession. We hope you can join us on Thursday, May 13, 2021, for this timely conversation with Justice Wong and Professor Liew.

This event will take place virtually, on Zoom, on Thursday, May 13, from 5:30 to 7:30PM (EST).

This program contains 1 hour and 25 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content.

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More on Justice Wong:

Justice Mavin Wong was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2000. She currently presides at College Park Court, which is one of two criminal courthouses in downtown Toronto. Justice Wong was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1984. Prior to her appointment, Justice Wong practised as a criminal defence lawyer specializing in youth justice cases.

While attending Osgoode Hall, Justice Wong was elected to Faculty Council and was the President of the Legal and Literary Society (student president) in her final year. She also participated in Osgoode’s Mock Trial (musical review), CLASP (student run legal aid clinic), and other student lead organizations. Currently, Justice Wong is the Vice-President of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association.

She is also an active member and mentor with the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) and is a faculty member on the National Justice Institutes’ Building Cultural Competence Program.

Justice Wong is a former Chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) and a member of the Board of Directors. Between 2013-15, Justice Wong was the Association of Ontario Judges’ Conference Chair and a member of the Education Secretariat. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Justice Wong was the chair of the committee who prepared the Zoom Guide for the Judiciary as well as other remote conferencing materials. Currently, Justice Wong is a member on the New Toronto Courthouse Tech as well as the Amalgamated Scheduling Sub-Committees. Lastly, Justice Wong is also involved in her court’s technology and computer training for the newly appointed OCJ judges and the court’s two-day Technology and You Program.

More on Professor Liew:

Professor Jamie Chai Yun Liew joined the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) in 2011. She is an expert in immigration, refugee and citizenship law, as well as administrative law and public law.

Professor Liew's current research examines the meaning of citizenship, legal barriers for stateless persons to obtain citizenship/nationality, gendered implications of Canadian law on migrants, and how Canada’s immigration and refugee system marginalizes those navigating the process. She is currently completing a book manuscript on statelessness and the law.

Professor Liew is the co-author (with Donald Galloway) of Immigration Law published by Irwin Law.

Professor Liew holds degrees in law, international affairs (NPSIA), commerce, and political science. She was called to the Law Society of Ontario in 2006. After articling at a national full-service law firm in Toronto, she clerked for Justice Douglas Campbell at the Federal Court, was a member of the Issa Sesay defence team at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and was Commission Counsel at the Cornwall Public Inquiry. In 2007, Professor Liew opened a feminist legal practice with a colleague and practiced in a variety of areas including administrative law. She continues to practice immigration and refugee law today as a sole practitioner.

Professor Liew has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada as co-counsel representing an intervener in the following cases:

1. Canadian Counsel for Refugees in Kanthasamy v Canada, 2015 SCC 61;

2. Amnesty International in Canada v Chhina, 2019 SCC 29; and

3. Canadian Council for Refugees in Canada v Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65.

The Supreme Court of Canada has cited her work in Kanthasamy v Canada, 2015 SCC 61.

She has also appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Immigration and Refugee Board, among others. Professor Liew is a member of the litigation committee for the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR).

Professor Liew teaches or has taught Immigration Law, Advanced Refugee Law, Public Law and Legislation, Administrative Law, Torts and a special seminar course titled, “Providing Legal and Medical Services to Refugees”. In the 2020-2021 academic year, Professor Liew will be teaching a new seminar, "Statelessness and the Law".

Professor Liew tweets about current affairs @thechaiyun.

A frequent commenter in media, Professor Liew won the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section 2018-19 Public Engagement Award: Media Relations.

Professor Liew also is the winner of the 2018 Asian Canadian Writers Workshop (ACWW) Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writer Award for her manuscript titled, Dandelion Roots.


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