Introductory remarks by The Honourable Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson and The Honourable Acting Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie.
Panel discussion with The Honourable Mister Justice Jasvinder S. Basran, The Honourable Madam Justice Grace Choi, and The Honourable Judge Alexander Wolf.
4:45pm - Arrival
5:00pm - Introductory remarks
5:30pm - Panel discussion
6:45pm - Closing remarks
7:00pm - Event concludes
RSVP by May 31, 2018
The case for diversity in applications to the judiciary and on the bench is strong. Diversity benefits not only particular judgments, but also public perception of the judiciary and the law. When the range of people who sit in judgment do not fully reflect the varied communities they serve, an impression can be left that hearings are not impartial and results are not fair.
Research shows singular worldview and implicit biases are detrimental to creating accessible, merit-based and innovative systems. Thus, in a shrinking world where increased cultural competency and inclusion are needed more than ever, the starting point for bridging gaps in our awareness and knowledge is open dialogue.
Please join the Equality and Diversity Committee, the South Asian Bar Association of BC, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society, the Law Foundation of BC, and the Vancouver Bar Association for a distinguished discussion and reception.
The Honourable Mister Justice Jasvinder S. Basran, The Honourable Madam Justice Grace Choi, and The Honourable Judge Alexander Wolf will share their experiences and discuss the appointment processes as well as reflect on why a representative judiciary is important.
You will have an opportunity to network with other members of the legal profession, as well as consider more deeply your own practices and aspirations.
This event is free of charge.
Light appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available.