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Legal 411 by Alona C. Mercado

Filipino Canadian lawyers
hold inaugural event in Winnipeg

by Alona C. Mercado


On Thursday, June 13, 2024, the Filipino Canadian Legal Network (FCLN) hosted its inaugural event in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR).

FCLN was initially launched on June 1, 2021, and is a national non-for-profit association of legal professionals with Filipino heritage. One of the association’s main goals is to foster connections among Filipino Canadian lawyers and legal professionals across Canada, and to bridge the barriers between our communities to improve representation of Filipinos in the law and on the bench.

Since the FCLN’s launch, they have celebrated Filipino Heritage Month with various in-person and virtual events across the country. This year’s inaugural event in Winnipeg attracted 29 lawyers, four articling students, four law students and five NCA students.

The Filipino Canadian lawyers in our province rose to the challenge of planning and hosting this inaugural event. In fact, this event was free to attend for all the invited guests thanks to the generous support of the law firms who sponsored the event.

The night began with greetings from many dignitaries including the Chief Justice of the Court of King’s Bench and the Minister of Justice for Manitoba. There was also a very engaging and enlightening panel with five local Filipino Canadian lawyers discussing “How to build a successful practice” before the formal dinner and networking event.

The FCLN was very pleased that they were able to invite two dozen university and high school students to attend the festivities as a means to increase awareness about careers in the legal profession within the Filipino Canadian community and to grant these students an opportunity to meet with and ask practicing lawyers about their experiences. The enthusiasm of these students bodes well for the legal profession in the future.

Atty. Alona C. Mercado is a partner at lawyer practicing in Winnipeg with the law firm of MERCADO TRINH LAW LLP. She was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1999 and the Ontario Bar in 2003. Her preferred areas of practice include estate planning and administration of wills and estates, real estate, business and commercial transactions, committees, and immigration law. Alona can be reached at (204) 594-3436,, an

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