Lawyers Panel 2021
About the Course
Questions connected to the 2021 Lawyers Panel at Future Lawyers' BE THE CHANGE 2021 Conference. The panel containing; Nicholas Bala, a leading expert on legal issues related to children/youth and families in the justice system; Adam Goodman, founder of Destination CPD (Continuing Professional Development); Rishikeesh Wijaya, who's current practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory compliance for clients with a nexus to Asia, and Lucian Wang, an incoming associate in the Manhattan office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, a full-service, "BigLaw" firm with over 700 lawyers worldwide.
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Rishikeesh Wijaya, Lucian Wang, Adam Goodman, Nicholas Bala,
Rishi is an associate in the litigation practice of an international law firm. Based out of Singapore, his current practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory compliance for clients with a nexus to Asia. Rishi has experience advising clients including government entities on anti-corruption/compliance issues under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as anti-money laundering, fraud, and U.S. sanctions issues. Having learned Mandarin while growing up in Singapore, Rishi has conducted multiple internal investigations and compliance reviews for clients operating in the Greater China Region. He has also advised companies operating in Southeast Asia and India. Rishi has led compliance training for local APAC employees in English and Mandarin, in addition to assisting clients with formulating compliance policies and procedures. His work cuts across multiple industries including healthcare, energy, technology, and industrials. While at Columbia Law School, Rishi served as a judicial extern to Judge Victor Marrero of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Lucian Wang is an incoming associate in the Manhattan office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, a full-service, "BigLaw" firm with over 700 lawyers worldwide, with his practice focused on corporate finance and bankruptcy law. He graduated with a J.D. from NYU School of Law, immediately after completing a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto studying an unusual combination of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and Political Science. His first job in law began in Grade 11 when he worked as a law clerk for a small criminal defense firm as part of his school's co-op program and was hired immediately afterward in a paid role that continued throughout his undergraduate studies. During his time at the University of Toronto, Lucian won the championships of the Capital Cup and the McGill Moot Court, later co-founding the inaugural UofT Cup as part of his role as Mooting Director of the UofT Pre-Law Society. He also spent a fair amount of time in the rooftop greenhouses, managing research projects on fish, plants, and other study organisms. He took his LSAT at the beginning of his third year, scoring a 174 (99.4th percentile) on his first and only attempt, and began working professionally in LSAT prep soon afterward. He taught the LSAT for nearly 5 years as a classroom instructor and private tutor and regularly speaks on LSAT and admissions matters. He has former students attending most of the Ontario law schools - Windsor, Ottawa, Western, Queens, Osgoode, and UofT. His lifelong interest in law is fueled by an appreciation for its coherent and logical nature in analyzing and solving problems, and his own drive to improve personally and professionally.
Adam is an experienced criminal defence attorney who has defended clients in criminal matters across the province. In addition to criminal law, Adam has developed a niche practice assisting clients facing allegations of academic dishonesty. Adam is also trained in mediation and dispute resolution and has experience before the Licence Appeals Tribunal and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Adam is a founder of Destination CPD (Continuing Professional Development), a company that plans and hosts legal education programs and conferences in exotic locations such as Las Vegas.
Nicholas (Nick) Bala is a leading Canadian expert on legal issues related to children, youth and families in the justice system. He also teaches and writes about Contract Law. Nick has law degrees from Queen’s University (J.D. 1977) and Harvard (LL.M. 1980). He has been in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s since 1980, and he has been a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, McGill and Duke Law School. His research has focused on issues related to children and families in the justice system, including: parental rights and responsibilities after divorce; high conflict separations and children resisting contact with a parent after separation (alienation); spousal abuse and its effects on children; the child’s voice in family proceedings, including judicial interviews with children and legal representation of children; same-sex marriage, unmarried cohabitation and polygamy; the role of experts in the family justice process; witnesses in the criminal courts; and child abuse; the Charter of Rights and the family; the Hague Convention on Child Abduction; child welfare law, including issues related to indigenous and racialized children and youth; youth justice and young offenders; and access to family justice. Much of his research work is interdisciplinary.