Since 2020, Chilwin has been involved with The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers in British Columbia (FACL) and has recently hosted several podcast episodes. FACL 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.
In this podcast mini-series, Chilwin Cheng interviews Rose-Mary Liu Basham, QC, founder of Basham Law. Rose-Mary discusses her experience as an Asian woman litigator, tracing her journey from when she was first called to the Bar in 1977. Rose-Mary shares with us her stories in the courtroom over the last four decades and imparts wisdom on how to to be a good lawyer, regardless of one's race and gender.
This month we are pleased to have Chilwin Cheng return as guest host, where he interviews Lisa Fong, QC. In this episode, Chilwin and Lisa discuss her upbringing with immigrant parents, Asian representation in the legal profession, the lack of judicial diversity on the Bench, her appointment as Queen’s Counsel, and the contested topic of whether potstickers or steamed soup dumplings are better. Queen’s Counsel is an honorary title to recognize a lawyer’s exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession.
Chilwin Cheng, Principal at Ascendion Law, is the host of FACL BC's February special 3-part interview series.
This week's guest is Miranda Lam. Miranda resolves complex disputes and is a highly regarded trusted business advisor to private and public enterprises. A partner in McCarthy Tetrault’s Litigation Group, she is also the Retail Sector Lead in the firm’s national Retail and Consumer Markets Group, and a core member of the Mining and Technology Groups. A skilled litigator, she is recognized for her strategic thinking and business-oriented problem-solving approach to all disputes. Miranda is also the chair of McCarthy’s National Gender Equality Action Group, as part of their Inclusion Now priority.
Chilwin Cheng, Principal at Ascendion Law, is the host of FACL BC's February special 3-part interview series. This week's guest is Brian Cheng, who is a shareholder at Owen Bird with a focus on commercial litigation and insurance defence. Brian has appeared in the Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal. He is also licensed to practice in Washington where he has appeared before the District Court, Superior Court, and the Court of Appeals.
In addition to his practice, Brian volunteers as a supervising lawyer through UBC’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and as a clinician lawyer with Access Pro Bono. He is a member of the boards of the Lawyers Inn Society (the Law Courts Inn) and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers of BC.
Chilwin Cheng, Principal of Ascendion Law, takes over FACL BC's podcast for a special February 3-part series of interviews.
His first guest is Kevin Loo. He is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and is a partner of Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP. Kevin regularly appears as counsel in the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Federal Court, and various administrative tribunals. Kevin clerked at the Court of Appeal. He is a Litigation Star, Benchmark Canada, and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.