Event Calendar

Mid-November Events

Event #1 – Canada-Sri Lanka Relations: What Comes Next?

Bruce Levy

A Public Interview with Bruce Levy, Canada’s Former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Date: Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Time: 2-4 pm

Location: Junior Common Room, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue

Relations with Sri Lanka have been of central importance to Canadian foreign policy for decades. Three years since the formal end of the war in Sri Lanka, Canada’s engagement with the country is of critical importance. In 2013, Sri Lanka is preparing to host its first Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. As two leading members of the Commonwealth, Canada-Sri Lanka relations are thus entering a new and important phase.


Sri Lankans Without Borders and UofMosaic are pleased to co-host Bruce Levy, former Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, to share his thoughts on the current opportunities and issues of relations between the two countries.


The session will be in the form of a public interview. Audience members will have the opportunity to directly engage with Mr. Levy.  This event is highly recommended for those interested in South Asia, international development, democratization, foreign policy, and Canada’s global role.


Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.


RSVP to umosaic@mosaicinstitute.ca or info@slwb.ca; for more information please contact Tejas Parasher at tejas.parasher@mail.utoronto.ca or Ioana Sendriou at ioana.sendroiu@mail.utoronto.ca.  The Facebook page for the event is: http://www.facebook.com/events/431082833625529/


Event #2 – 1L Job Panel

Date: Monday, November 26th, 2012

Time: 12:30-1:45 pm

Location: BLH, Flavelle House

A must-attend for those on the hunt for summer job positions!  Six upper year students will share their summer experiences: at clinic, RA, court, immigration firms, bay street firms, and abroad.


In addition to general information about the hiring process and work experience, the upper-year panel will also address issues of diversity and cross-border (transnational) work.


Students of all backgrounds and of all years are welcomed to attend. Food and refreshments will be provided.


Please feel free to contact us utlaw.als@gmail.com if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.


Early November 2012 Events

Event #1: FACL’s 6th Annual Conference: RAISING THE BAR

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Where:  Toronto Board of Trade, First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Price:  $65.00 for students (early bird deadline has passed); $60.00 for the banquet

To register for the Conference and/or Banquet, you must complete the Conference Session Selection Form online: http://www.facl.ca/fall-conference

See the flyer here: http://gallery.mailchimp.com/e155a08893835aa57e4807b0d/files/flyer_FinalOct_13a.pdf

The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers is proud to host its 6th Annual Conference. With the theme, Raising the Bar, the Conference will celebrate the achievements of Asian lawyers who have broken barriers in the past, and also highlight the progress that still needs be made in their quest for advancement: first Asian lawyer in Canada, the breakthrough of Asians in politics, Asians as leaders in public service, Asians in the judiciary. The bar for success was once set at ensuring recognition of our basic human rights and freedoms. Where to now? The time has come to raise the bar even higher: Asian lawyers succeeding at the highest levels of law, public service, politics, and in the business and corporate world.

Our keynote speaker this year is Don Liu, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Xerox Corporation, Recipient of the 2011 Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and one of only nine general counsel of a Fortune 500 company who is of Asian descent.

Registration closes on November 7 so please register now to avoid disappointment!

Note on financial support: The 10 ALS subsidies have now all been reserved and its recipients contacted, but anyone who is hoping to attend but struggling to pay for the fees, please contact FACL student directors Clara (writeclaralee@gmail.com and Esther (e.oh@mail.utoronto.ca) and they will do their best to work something out.

Event #2: See Yourself Here

See Yourself Here (SYH) is looking for committee members this year. Part of SYH’s mandate is to attract diverse students to law school, so we would like our committee to reflect that as well.

We’re looking for people to help plan workshops and present them to students. As well, we’re hoping to choose next year’s coordinators from this year’s committee. The event will be held on Mar. 1, 2013. The first meeting is Wednesday November 14th at 12:30pm in room 211 in Falconer Hall. Please RSVP to Adrienne Ho (adrienne.ho@mail.utoronto.ca) if you would like to attend.

See Yourself Here provides high school, university and mature students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds with an opportunity to learn about the law school admission process and the legal profession. Participants attend inspirational speaker sessions, educational workshops, and a networking reception with law students, alumni and members of the legal community. See Yourself Here began as an initiative by the Black Law Students’ Association to target black youth, and has since expanded to include law students and participants from a broad range of equity-seeking communities that have historically been underrepresented in legal education and the profession.  For more information, see their website at: http://www.law.utoronto.ca/student-life/student-clubs-and-events/see-yourself-here

Event #3: Lost Years Toronto Film Screening

The Asia Law Society is working with the production team of Lost Years – an international award winning documentary – in bringing the film to the University of Toronto. Lost Years covers 150 years of the Chinese diaspora, including Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, and touches upon the redress campaign that led to the 2006 apology by the Government of Canada.

Lost Years is Winner, Best Documentary Award (History & Culture) & Prize, 9th Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, Dec 5, 2011 and Grand Prize Winner, Best Feature Documentary, 16th Rhode Island International Film Festival, Aug 7-12, 2012.  It is an Official Selection of 38th Seattle International Film Festival, May 17-Jun 10, 2012. A Finalist for the Golden Sheaf Award, 65th Yorkton Film Festival, May 24-27, 2012, Best Impact of Music in a Documentary Award, 9th Park City Film Music Festival, May 25-Jun 3, 2012, and Best Documentary Cinematography Award, 55th Canadian Society of Cinematographers Gala, Toronto, March 31, 2012. Nominated for 6 Rosies, 38th AMPIA Awards, May 12, 2012.

In July 2012, Lost Years was named one of the top films of the past decade by Guangzhou International Documentary Festival’s “Golden Days”.  Lost Years premiered nationally in Canada, Feb 25 & Mar 3, 2012 on CBC TV. It is scheduled for broadcast on CTV Two (Alberta) in the winter of 2012.

More detailed information will be made available closer to the date of the UofT screening.

October 2012 Events

For suggestion or information, please contact utlaw.als@gmail.com.

ALS Speaker Series Event: China’s New Legal System and its Significances

Professor Zhenmin Wang, Tsinghua University Law School

Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Time: 12:30 pm

Location: FLB

Lunch: Provided!

The Asia Law Society is grateful in welcoming Zhenmin Wang, Dean and Professor of the Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing, China, to speak about legal development in China at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Specifically, Professor Wang will speak on the topic of “China’s New Legal System and its Significances”.

Professor Wang received his LLB from Zhengzhou University as well as his LLM and PhD from Renmin University of China. In addition to his Deanship at Tsinghua School of Law, Professor Wang has assumed many different roles over his career including: appointment to the Committee for the Macao Basic Law in 2004, the Committee for the Basic Law of Hong Kong in 2006 and successful election as Deputy to the 13th Beijing City People’s Congress.

Professor Wang serves as executive director of the China Law Society and as executive director of the National Taiwan Society. He is also Vice President of the China Association of Constitutional Law and Sir Y K Pao Chair Professor in Constitutional Law at School of Law of Ningbo University.

Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Conference: Frontiers of Constitutional Jurisprudence in China and Canada

Date: Friday, October 12th and Saturday October 13th, 2012

Time: Friday 12:45 pm to 4:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:55 pm

Location: Solarium, Falconer Hall

On Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th, UofT law (in conjunction with Tsinghua Law) will be hosting a Conference on the “Frontiers of Constitutional Jurisprudence in China and Canada” – one of the first of its kind.

This will be a tremendous (and rare) opportunity for cross-learning between China and Canada as some of two nation’s preeminent constitutional scholars will be speaking: 6 from the University of Toronto, 5 from Tsinghua University, 2 from the University of Hong Kong, and 1 from Beijing Normal University. Also speaking will be David Mulroney, former Canadian ambassador to China.

Registration is free and can be found in the link.

FACL Mentorship Event

Date:  Friday, October 19th, 2012

Time:  6-8 pm

Location:  OBA Conference Centre

300-20 Toronto Street, Toronto ON

The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) is kicking off their mentorship program with a mentorship event on October 19th.  Last year’s event was very well attended and highly successful.  There will be a mentorship coach speaking about how to maximize your relationships, the importance of getting good feedback at work, and it is a great opportunity to meet students and lawyers.

If you are interested in having a lawyer-mentor, please fill out the attached application form and send it to facl.mentorship@gmail.com.

*There will be a social gathering (at a bar) immediately after the event. Details to follow.


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