The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society is a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the broader community. 

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    • 16 Sep 2021
    • 29 Sep 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Zoom Details to be Provided to Registrants

    FACL BC & FACL Ontario Present: The Women Empowerment Series

    FACL BC and FACL Ontario invite all female members of the bar to our Women Empowerment Series, focused on strengthening your presentation skills with presentation skills trainer and coach, Brenda Benham, LLB.

    Upon registration you will have access to two 90 minute workshops on Zoom.

    In Workshop 1 learn how:

    • to organize an informative speech to be memorable and engaging, including the related brain science
    • to create slides that enhance your presentation, rather than distract from it
    • to feel confident before and during a presentation and tools to use to look great on-line

    In Workshop 2 with practice and feedback, attendees will:

    • see their colleagues put the learning from the first training session into an actual presentation and learn from Brenda Benham, LLB’s expert feedback
    • be able to practice the learning from the first training session in an actual presentation themselves

    1.50 CPD credits available for each workshop

    One time registration fee for both events:

    • Non-Member: $25
    • FACL Lawyer Member: $15
    • FACL Student Member: $10

    Please ensure that you are logged in to see member pricing. Questions about membership may be directed to

    This event is open to all self-identifying racialized female members of the bar. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are female-identified.


    Biography - Brenda Benham, LLB:

    As a presentation skills trainer and coach, I help detail-oriented people give much better presentations using brain science. But what I really do is help my clients feel competent and be recognized as experts in their field. In my former career as a transactional lawyer, I was called on to give presentations without being equipped with the skills to deliver them well. I know what it is like to lose an audience in all the details! My work is based on my own experience over 30 years of public speaking, as a Toastmaster since 2001, and my in-depth research into the brain science of how people learn and remember.

    • 5 Nov 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Register here

    FACL BC invites all members of the legal community, from law students to senior members of the bar and judiciary, to the premiere launch of our mini-documentary, “But I Look Like a Lawyer.”

    This documentary will share stories of the discrimination, stereotyping and bias experienced by members of the Pan-Asian legal community. It aims to increase intercultural awareness and competency, and to surface the complexity of the history, socio-economic and colonial aspects of these real lived experiences.

    FACL BC wishes to highlight and bring renewed attention to the original But I Was Wearing a Suit documentary (and its Part II), spearheaded by a group of leaders in the Indigenous legal community, including Justice Ardith (Walpetko We’dalx) Walkem, who has generously provided guidance for our initiative.

    The launch event will premiere online, via Zoom, with concurrent live streams to Facebook and Youtube.

    BC law students are welcome to attend the following in person livestreaming locations:

    • Allard School of Law - Franklin Lew Forum (Room 101)
    • Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law - OM 3782
    • University of Victoria, Faculty of Law - FRA 265, RSVP required: Contact

    Following the documentary showcase, we will host a virtual fireside chat with leaders in the Pan-Asian legal community. (Biographies of all speakers TBA.)

    Registration Fee

    There is no registration fee for this event.


    This event is approved for 1 hour of Continuing Professional Development in BC, including 1 hour of the ethics, professional responsibility and practice management component for your Law Society of BC reporting.

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    Thank you to the Law Foundation of BC for providing funding for this documentary project.


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