Read our latest publication inside Planned Living’s BALANCE newsletter by Ken Kramer on the topic of Leaving Your Legacy.
As the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers BC documentary committee chair, our own Audrey Jun, was in an excellent position to speak with CBC’s Stephen Quinn about the challenges Asian-Canadian lawyers face being understood as equals.
The 8:12 interview, published on Nov 12th 2020, focuses on a new mini-documentary from FACL BC which looks at discrimination against the Pan-Asian legal community.
But I Look Like A Lawyer
To quote the FACL BC website, the documentary is seeking real examples of any of the following situations:
- Being mistaken for another racialized lawyer
- During hearings and meetings, being asked where the (real) lawyer is
- Fully suited, and being mistaken for an assistant, translator, or the accused in the courtroom
- Attending recruitment or networking events where you’re often overlooked due to:
- Not playing the “usual sports” like golf, rugby or hockey
- One’s background (family, socioeconomic background)
- Being excluded from firm after-work social events as the (only) racialized member
- Being asked to speak “proper” English, or receiving repeated comments about how “good” one’s English is
- Being called racial slurs
- Being asked whether they belong in the barrister’s lounge
- Being told one is there only because they are a “diversity hire”
- Being questioned repeatedly by courthouse security despite regularly attending in court
By submitting stories and giving permission to share these difficult moments, even anonymously, participants can help increase intercultural awareness and competency within the legal profession.
The deadline for submissions was December 15th 2020, but if you have any questions you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance and information.
We are pleased to announce that Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) has appointed Ken M. Kramer, Q.C., TEP to the YVR Board of Directors!
Ken M. Kramer, Q.C., TEP
Ken’s diverse board portfolio includes serving as a publicly appointed Board Member and Vice-Chair of the College of Chiropractors of BC, and as a founding Board Member of Technology for Living, a non-profit organization in British Columbia providing respiratory and technology supports to people with disabilities.
Ken was also recognized for his service to the community with the distinguished honour of receiving both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and his Queen’s Counsel designation in 2014.
YVR Board of Directors
The goal of the YVR Board of Directors is to ensure that the business operates in a safe, efficient and reliable manner while objectives continue to be met on an ongoing basis.
To quote the YVR Board of Directors page:
Nine members of our Board are nominated by Nominating Entities, four Directors are appointed by the Board from the community at large, and our President & CEO serves on the board.
This process helps to ensure transparency and accountability for both YVR Board of Director operations and communications.
Nominated by the Law Society of BC