Jimmy Yan

"This pioneer program offers me a learning opportunity to study further law and justice-related subjects and better equip myself to help more people understand our principles of justice, law and ethics, use them and live up to these values."

Year Graduated: 2013
Program/Degree: C&I Justice, Law and Ethics MEd

I am a Project and Information Officer of Access Pro Bono.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.
Through a circulated email from a legal service provider.

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.
Public legal education is a part of my work. I began organizing public legal education and information workshops with multicultural service providers like SUCCESS, the Japanese Language School, and the Settlement Workers in Schools Program of the Vancouver School Board promoting free legal services after Dugald Christie's tragic death in summer 2006. Our seminars have been warmly received and well recognized. Since October 2008 I have been invited as a regular legal commentator of Fairchild Radio's popular live call-in program named “Citizens Speak Out.” Each time I choose a specific law or justice related topic to talk.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?
I have enjoyed working with all faculty members and my cohort classmates.

What inspires you to learn and continue your education?
In 2012 Access Pro Bono scheduled over 9,000 clients for free summary legal advice clinics and it is the ever-growing demand for access to justice that inspires me to learn and continue my education.

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education?
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada repeats on many occasions the fundamental principles inscribed on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms have "allowed Canada to stand tall in the world." This pioneer program offers me a learning opportunity to study further law and justice-related subjects and better equip myself to help more people understand our principles of justice, law and ethics, use them and live up to these values.

Is there anything else you wish to share?
Mr. Dugald Christie's interview question of what pro bono means unveiled my journey of access to justice in 2003. It is now my 10th year of service at Access Justice / Access Pro Bono. I sincerely look forward to turning over a new leaf and excelling on a bigger stage.