Have you ever wondered how legal work and practice can connect to social justice? Or what it’s like to work in Public Interest or Social Justice practice as an Asian Canadian?
On Friday, 28 January 2022, join FACL BC and a panel of Asian-Canadian lawyers working in Social Justice and the Public Interest. This panel discussion will highlight their specific experiences as Asian Canadians in Social Justice and Public Interest practice, and how their work is tied both to wider Social Justice issues and movements and to Asian-Canadian communities. This will be followed by a Q&A session, where audience participants will be able to ask the questions that they’ve always wondered about Social Justice and Public Interest law.
Our panelists will include:
Eugene Kung (Staff Lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law)
Eugene Kung (he/him/his) is a staff lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law, working on Tar Sands, Pipelines and Tankers, as well as with RELAW. He is committed to human rights, social justice and environmental justice and has been working to stop the Kinder Morgan TransMountain expansion project.
Eugene was born and raised in Burnaby BC, holds a BA from UBC (2001) and JD from Dalhousie (2006) and was called to the BC Bar in 2008.
Prior to joining West Coast, Eugene was a staff lawyer with the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) where he had a social justice law practice in the areas of Constitutional, Human Rights, Administrative, Anti-Poverty and Regulatory law. He has represented low and fixed-income ratepayers before the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC); low-income tenants of slumlords; Treeplanters and Temporary Foreign Workers before the BC Human Rights Tribunal; and families of deceased farmworkers at a coroner’s inquest.
Isaac Won (Lawyer in the Community Law Program of the Community Legal Assistance Society)
Isaac is a lawyer in the Community Law Program at the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS). During law school, Isaac volunteered extensively with the Law Students Legal Advice Program, providing legal representation and advice to low income and vulnerable individuals. Isaac completed his articles with CLAS in May 2018 and has worked with the Mental Health Law Program and the Human Rights Clinic before joining the Community Law Program in 2020.
Vandana Sood (Supervising Lawyer of Student Clinic at Rise Women's Legal Centre and Adjunct Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC)
Vandana has been the Supervising Lawyer of the Student Clinic at the Rise Women's Legal Centre and an Adjunct Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia since Rise opened its doors in May of 2016. Vandana has focused her legal career on working to achieve gender equality and empowerment for self-identified women. Prior to joining Rise, Vandana was a sole practitioner in the areas of family law, child protection law and immigration & refugee law, with a focus on assisting women who had experienced family violence.
Join us on Zoom on January 28 from 12:30-1:30pm by registering here. This event is open to members and non-members of FACL BC.