and Their Passion for Canada
“I don’t think there’s a better area for interpersonal
interaction than family law,” she says. “You’re dealing
with people in the depths of despair, their marriage
is over, for instance, or their child has been abducted.
They’re very upset – the rulings decide what happens
to their kids, how much money they will have to live
on, important things like that. One of the first things I
ask my clients is if they have seen a counsellor or if they
have a pastor.”
Bringing Something New to Court
Lang, a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s law school, has been practising law for 24 years. She
describes being a Christian practising family
law as “an isolating place to be” because so
few take up the challenge.
The first year of law school is notoriously tough. It’s a
litmus test for students who, if they proceed in their bid
Beyond family law Lang was retained by
the EFC to go before the court in an area of
public policy she believes will have lasting
effects for generations.
to become lawyers, will burn
hundreds of hours in subsequent years in studies as well as
articling (legal apprenticeship).
In the EFC’s current intervention in the
Bedford prostitution case, where Canada is re-examining its prostitution laws, Lang argued
before the courts that legalizing prostitution
would “increase incidents of exploitation,
commercialization and commodification
of human beings, negatively impacting the
rights of women and children.” She cited
evidence that Germany, Denmark and the
Netherlands have documented thousands
of incidents of human trafficking since legalizing brothels ( 32,800 for Germany in 2004
PHo To: r YAn PArEn T PHo ToGrAPHY
As if the workload was not
already heavy enough, Albertos
spending most of his time that
first year on an extra-curricular
project that would completely
transform him and the type of
law he would practise: he became a Christian.
Back then he was also pursuing a young woman from
his law class who would later
become his wife. Her faith was
(and still is) foundational to her.
And getting closer to her meant
engaging her beliefs.
“This is such a frightening prospect,” Lang
says. “This case will tell us what direction
Canada is headed in.”
has represented the EFC
before the supreme Court
of Canada in a number of
In 2002 Lang became the first lawyer
to start an Alpha program among her colleagues. (Alpha is a widely used introduction to Christianity.) What started with a kick-off at a posh Vancouver
club and a “soft sell of the program dealing with personal
growth and spiritual issues” became a regular lunchtime
meeting of 10-15 downtown business women, mostly
non-believers at the outset, for the next three years.
“That first year was tough,”
recalls the University of Ot-
tawa graduate. “While every-
one else was reading about
the law, I was reading the Bible
and studying things like predestination and freewill and
trying to understand those issues.”
Out of those informal meetings came new relation-
ships with Christ and mentoring roles that continue to
Polizogopoulos, who grew up in Cochrane, Ont., and
speaks English, French and Greek, has been practising law
for a scant five years. Yet he has represented the EFC before
the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of important
cases. He is also a partner in an Ottawa law firm with a 100-
year heritage of acting for religious communities.
At her site www.lawdiva.wordpress.com Lang, who
also practices law in Kelowna and Palm Springs, blogs
about everything from the real legal arguments presented
in celebrity custody disputes to nannies being in the middle of messy divorces.
The 31-year-old believes strongly in tithing his time,
so he makes room for some of the cases few others want
– like representing students in pro-life clubs who face
discrimination on university campuses.
“I feel I have an obligation to be involved in these
cases. The principle of tithing goes beyond giving ten per
The motorcycle riding lawyer is also a regular contributor to the online publication Huffington Post and
believes writing about legal issues in popular media
makes her more sensitive to both “mainstream and non-mainstream” views of the issues.