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About LAW@CDC 2021

The Law Awareness Weeks (LAW)@CDC 2021 is a collaboration between Law Society Pro Bono Services (LSPBS) and the five Community Development Councils (CDCs), National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences School of Law, Singapore Management University School of Law, and the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association Pro Bono Chapter, supported by the People’s Association.

 

LAW@CDC 2021 is a nationwide effort to promote awareness and understanding of the law in the community through a series of talks, so that people living and working in Singapore may know their rights and be empowered when faced with common legal issues.   This year, there will be 12 law awareness webinars aired ‘live’ online from 25 September - 7 November 2021.

 

The theme for LAW@CDC 2021 is Relationships & Healing and the range of topics are issues faced in the day-to-day lives of Singaporeans under three broad pillars of Family, Community and Employment. The webinar topics include Protecting your Loved One, Protecting Yourself, Fighting in Court or Building Bridges, Preparing for Golden Years: Get to know your Legal Instruments, Documents and Processes (English and Mandarin), Becoming a Family, Two-gather but not Together,  Help! I am a Victim of Online Harassment, Divorce and You (Civil), Divorce and You (Syariah) and My Idea, My Property!  With the present endemic, we have added topics in response to these challenges during this time – Freelancing from Home – The Dos and Don’ts of Home-based Businesses and Am I Still Employable? Navigating your Job from Pandemic to Endemic. We will also be looking at the up-coming trend of instant online attention in Trading Fame in the Virtual Space: Legal Guide for Social Media Influencers and Users.

 

Our moderators together with our panellists, will discuss on the respective topics.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify any doubts they may have on the law relating to the topics.  Catered to audiences with no legal background, the legal talks aim to simplify legal jargon and explain the law as it applies to the man on the street as well as how they can see recourse in order to heal the relationships that they are in.

 

Relationships are precious. Heal relationships with those around you.

 

Register for our webinars to learn about your rights and equip yourself on how to best handle basic legal issues!  

Relationships & Healing

WEBINAR TOPICS

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Friday, 01 Oct 2021

Divorce & You (Civil)

Friday, 1 October 2021

05:30 PM - 07:00 PM


The on-going pandemic has not only affected society at large, it has also affected families, perhaps especially for marriages. Spouses who find themselves in each other’s presence all day, every day, may learn some hard truths about their marriage.

Has the experience given rise to some marital issues for you? Are you worried about your financial situation and your children?

Join this webinar as our moderator, Liyen Lim, and speakers, Abigail Lee (Executive Director, Healing Hearts Centre) and Yap Teong Liang (Director, T L Yap Law Chambers LLC), as they walk you through divorce proceedings, mediation and explore other options for couples facing marital disputes and discuss ancillary matters such as children’s welfare, maintenance, division of matrimonial assets and more.


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Tuesday, 05 Oct 2021

Divorce & You (Syariah)

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM


Divorcing or looking to divorce and having trouble understanding the Syariah divorce process? Worried about money, housing and offsprings? Do you have many other questions about divorce in the Syariah Courts?

Join us as our moderator, Regana Mydin (Learning & Development Manager, Rajah & Tann Asia Academy) and speaker, Halijah Mohamad (Halijah Mohamad & Co), as they share about divorce proceedings in the Syariah Courts and cover the most frequently asked questions such as the children, maintenance, as well as inheritance


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Friday, 08 Oct 2021

Fighting in Court or Building Bridges

Friday, 8 October 2021

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


The pandemic has forced many of us to stay and work from home – but some of us may have found that working from home leads to greater tension with the neighbours.  Statistically, neighbourly disputes have risen in number. How can such conflicts be resolved? Are there ways to fix these issues without going to Court? What if you know someone who has a dispute with his neighbor?

Join us as our moderator, Serene Gan (Senior Legal Counsel, international property company), and speakers, Lim Lei Theng (Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP) and Tan Lam Siong (Mediator, Community Mediation Centre) as they share how such conflicts can be resolved amicably!    


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Tuesday, 12 Oct 2021

Protecting your Loved Ones, Protecting Yourself

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

07:30 PM - 09:00 PM


Are you a victim of family or partner violence or harassment? Or are you unsure if it constitutes abuse, but are constantly living in fear of said person? Or do you know someone who is victim to domestic abuse, but are unsure how to help them? Don't be a silent bystander!

Join us as our moderator, Rebecca Vathanasin (Senior Lawyer, Gloria James-Civetta & Co) and speakers, Dharma Jayaram (Director, Dharma Law LLC) and Desmurn Lim (Director, Montfort Care), as they shed light on how to recognise signs of abuse in those around you and how you can help them.


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Saturday, 16 Oct 2021

Help! I am a Victim of Online Harassment!

Saturday, 16 October 2021

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Is someone defaming you online or perhaps sharing intimate photos or videos of you? Do you know someone who is being stalked or harassed online? Whether you are in one of these situations or want to know what can be done if you ever need to support someone, join us for this informative discussion! 

 

Our moderator Holly Apsley (Co-Founder, Solid Ground) and speakers Viviene Sandhu (Partner, Clifford Law LLP) and Kenneth Ng (Associate, Drew & Napier LLC) will address topics such as cyberbullying, harassment, repeated unwanted contact, and technologically-facilitated sexual violence, with a focus on explaining the legal remedies that are available, and how to access them.


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Tuesday, 19 Oct 2021

Preparing for Golden Years: Get to know your Legal Instruments, Documents and Processes

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


Planning for your later years but not sure what to do? Concerned but unaware about what happens after the demise of a loved one? It’s never too early to plan ahead for the future. The most precious gift you can leave your family is peace of mind.

Join us as our moderator, Sarita Misir (Senior Vice-President, Global Legal, Fullerton Health) and speakers, Tan Shen Kiat (CEO, Founder & Director, Kith & Kin Law Corporation) and Dr Liyana Zailan (Associate Consultant, Woodlands Health), as they share about a variety of legal tools you can use to ensure that your family is taken care of while your wishes are respected even after you are gone.


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Thursday, 21 Oct 2021

Freelancing From Home - The Dos and Don'ts of Home-Based Businesses

Thursday, 21 October 2021

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


Did you just start your own home-based business? It might not be as simple as you think. From regulations to contractual legal rights, from branding to setting the right look. What does it take to run a business from home?

Join us as our moderator, Amira Budiyano (Associate Director, Gateway Law Corporation) and speakers, Samuel Yuen (Managing Director, Yuen Law LLC) and, Siti Aishah Zahari (Freelance UX Designer),as they walk you through the do's and don’ts of operating your home-based business to safeguard yourself, your neighbours, and your customers.

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Friday, 22 Oct 2021

Trading Fame in the Virtual Space: A Legal Guide for Social Media Influencers and Users

Friday, 22 October 2021

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


Are you a social media influencer? Or hope to garner more followers to become one? Are you just a frequent user of social media platforms?

Join us as our moderator, Regana Mydin (Learning & Development Manager, Rajah & Tann Asia Academy) and speakers, Cho Pei Lin (Managing Director, APRW) and Fong Wei Li (Managing Director, Forward legal LLC), as they discuss about your legal rights on social media platforms and contractual rights when doing product placements for businesses. Also learn about what you legally can and cannot say or use, to keep yourself out of trouble! Stay informed!

 


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Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021

Becoming a Family, Two-gather but not Together

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


Are you and your partner starting a life together, but are unsure of your legal rights to issues like housing and protection? Are you and your partner looking to adopt a child?

Join us as our moderator, Andrew Lee (Assistant General Counsel, Kaplan Singapore) and speakers, June Lim (Managing Director, Eden Law Corporation) and Lai Mun Loon (Social Worker), as they equip you with the legal knowledge to navigate such issues. 


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Friday, 29 Oct 2021

My Idea, My Property!

Friday, 29 October 2021

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


Are you an independent content producer? Are you constantly worried that someone might steal your work and profit off it?

Join us as our moderator, Abigail Tan (Commercial Counsel, Elastic) and speakers, Gretchen Su (Partner, Withers KhattarWong LLP) and Trina Ha (Chief Legal Counsel & Director of Legal, IPOS), as they discuss about your legal rights and remedies against such infringements, and how you can take steps to protect your intellectual property.


为黄金年做准备

Saturday, 30 Oct 2021

为黄金年做准备:了解您的法律文书、文件和流程

Saturday, 30 October 2021

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


为晚年做计划但不知道该怎么做?担心但不知道亲人去世后会发生什么?为未来提前计划永远不会太早。可以留给家人最珍贵的礼物就是安心。

加入我们的小组成员,他们将分享您可以使用的各种法律工具,以确保您的家人得到照顾,即使您离开后,您的愿望也能得到尊重。


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Friday, 05 Nov 2021

Am I still Employable? Navigating your Job from Pandemic to Endemic

Friday, 5 November 2021

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


This pandemic has affected everyone, but the impacts are disproportionately borne by vulnerable workers. The job market is in a different level now. Given the current economic uncertainty, many employees find themselves already facing termination or even retrenchment as businesses struggle to stay relevant and afloat.

Join us as our moderator, Wang Liansheng (Partner, Bih Li & Lee LLP) and speakers, Patrick Tay (Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Legal, NTUC) and Toh Wei Yi (Partner, Harry Elias Partnership LLP), as they share on the schemes available, and labour laws in the endemic phase and what you can do to protect, and also uplift yourself.


SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS

Click on the photos to view a brief profile of the speakers.
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Dr Liyana is an Associate Consultant in General Medicine and Specialist Trainee for Palliative Medicine in Woodlands Health. She attended medical school in National University of Singapore and has been in both hospital based and community medicine practice for the last 11 years. She currently works in palliative care consult services and hospice care services in various institutions in Singapore.

 

Her interests include collaborative healthcare decision making, enhancing communication skills and Palliative care education at all levels.

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SITI AISHAH BINTE ZAHARI
Aishah has accumulated 6 years of freelancing experience as a design practitioner, and has worked with a range of companies including startups, agencies, government institutions and high net worth individuals. She believes in versatility when working with clients and knowing their needs so the contracts she scored range from as short as 1 week to as long as 6 months. Aside from providing design services, she has also been contracted to be a design trainer for learning institutions. Her professional expertise includes user research, design strategy, communications design and user experience design. 
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ABIGAIL LEE

Abigail is the Executive Director of Healing Hearts Centre, and the current President of the Association for Play Therapy (Singapore). 

With close to 15 years of experience as a counsellor, play therapist, supervisor and trainer, Abigail works with children, adolescents, individuals and families who have experienced trauma, abuse and anxiety issues. 

She is a Certified Circle of Security Facilitator with Circle of Security International and a Certified TraumaPlay therapist and supervisor. In addition, she is appointed by the Family Justice Courts as a Parenting Coordinator and by the Singapore Mediation Centre as a Collaborative Family Practice Counsellor to work with families undergoing separation and divorce.

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ABIGAIL TAN

Abigail is a Commercial Counsel at a New York listed tech company. She is also a certified information privacy professional (both for Asia and Europe data protection and privacy laws). 

Outside of work, Abigail is involved in a number of women's rights initiatives. She is also the Co-Chair of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association Women's Chapter. Believing in giving back to society, she is also involved in a myriad of pro bono initiatives both in Singapore and internationally. In her free time, she spends it with her corgi.

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AMIRA BUDIYANO

Amira’s practice currently focuses on IP and technology, particularly data protection (DP). She has advised various educational institutions, associations, and other entities on DP obligations and has been involved in data breach investigations by the PDPC. Regarding other areas, her work includes amongst others, advising on IP strategy, commercialisation and other regulatory and technology-related issues. 

Amira also continues to advise various Statutory Boards and other foundations and organisations on a plethora of legal matters, ranging from collaboration and procurement documentation, to other contractual and regulatory issues.

She is regularly invited to speak on and provide her viewpoints on several occasions relating to range of matters including IP, DP, contracts, and on establishing businesses. 

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ANDREW LEE

Andrew is the Legal Counsel for the Singapore operations of a global education provider and was formerly an Associate Director at Drew & Napier LLC. His passions lie in dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, data protection and family law. He’s found volunteering with LSPBS particularly rewarding and fun and looks to continue in his free time.

 

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CHO PEI LIN

Pei Lin is a pioneer in introducing Litigation PR to Singapore and her forte includes providing strategic PR consultancy in public affairs and public education campaign communications, corporate, litigation and crisis communications and government relations. Her strong acumen for developing creative and effective communication strategies has seen her sought after by clients ranging from government agencies, to global listed companies and non-profit organizations. Pei Lin is an accredited PR Practitioner of the Institute of Public Relations Singapore and has an Honours Bachelor of Law Degree from the National University of Singapore. She volunteers with various community and non-profit organizations.  

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DESMURN LIM

Desmurn graduated from NUS majoring in social work and a Masters in Counselling. He has been a helping professional for more than 18 years. 

He started working with youths, students and families, focusing on school social work and has since partnered with clients facing marital, family, LGBTQ, elderly and palliative issues.  

Desmurn has been with Montfort Care for the last seven years, offering a broad spectrum of social work knowledge. These services include family services, child protection services, caregivers’ support service, senior wellness and activity centre, as well as a community kitchen.

He is currently handling the child protection specialist centre in Montfort Care, providing help to children and family-facing child protection issues. He strongly believes in working closely with families, community partners and government bodies for the assistance rendered to clients during their times of difficulties.

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DHARMA JAYARAM

Dharma has worked extensively in the public and private sectors over the last two decades holding various positions of responsibilities. She works in various fields of law like corporate, commercial, civil, criminal and family litigation. She gives talks and training sessions to government bodies and family service centres. Dharma currently runs Dharma Law LLC with other lawyers and has practice areas in estate matters, criminal, family, conveyancing and general litigation matters.

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Dr Chau Mo Yee

Mo Yee is an associate consultant family physician in the palliative medicine department of Tan Tock Seng hospital. She has been involved in the care of patients with palliative needs in different settings in Singapore, including acute hospital, inpatient hospice and outpatient clinic, for the past 12 years. She is also a facilitator in advance care planning, helping patients and their loved ones in the discussion of their preference in care, and exploring with them the meaning of living well, especially in the face of life-limiting illnesses and at the end of life.

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FONG WEI LI

Wei Li is the managing director of Forward Legal LLC – a small law firm specialising in Internet and social media law. He primarily practises litigation and arbitration, with a focus on media, Internet, and China-related matters. Wei Li also enjoys sharing his experience. He is an active member of the Law Awareness Committee and is often invited to conduct public talks and seminars aimed at promoting legal knowledge and awareness among laypersons. In addition to lawyering, Wei Li is an adjunct faculty member at the Singapore Management University’s YPH School of Law.

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HALIJAH MOHAMAD

Halijah graduated from National University of Singapore and was called to the bar in 1984. The focus of her practice is family law (in both civil and syariah courts). She is involved with various NGOs (including AWARE & Muslim Financial Planning Association). She is now Vice President of Singapore Association of Women's Lawyers. She is a member of the Family Law Practice and Muslim Law Practice Committees in the Law Society of Singapore.  

Halijah is also part of Musawah (a global movement for equality in Muslim family). She had been involved in representations to Select Committee on several bills including Administration of Muslim Law Act, Women's Charter, Penal Code, and Maintenance of Parents Act.  She contributed the chapter on Overview of Syariah law in family matters in the book LAW & PRACTICE OF FAMILY LAW IN S’PORE published by Sweet & Maxwell (2016).   

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Holly Apsley

Holly is the co-founder of Solid Ground, a resource site providing step-by-step guides for those facing online harassment or abuse in Singapore. She also conducts research on negative online experiences with the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at Singapore University of Technology and Design. 

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JUNE LIM

June is the Managing Director of Eden Law Corporation, a low bono private law firm committed to providing competent and affordable legal representation to clients of modest means and underprivileged communities throughout Singapore. She has a keen interest in matrimonial matters involving child abductions/relocations and foreign wives living in and outside of Singapore. June volunteers with LSPBS' Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, the Legal Aid Bureau and Community Justice Centre.

 

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KENNETH NG

Kenneth is a young lawyer in his second year of practice, who has appeared before the Courts in several harassment-related matters. In his free time, he enjoys being in the company of close family and friends.

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LAI MUN LOON

After 15 years in the social service sector, Mun Loon made a mid-career switch to the legal sector.  As a trained and qualified social worker, counsellor and mediator, Mun Loon was Head of Professional Services in a non-profit organisation where he oversaw the agency’s professional practice direction and strategy. 

Tapping on his cross-training, Mun is equipped to work with high conflict, emotionally charged work.  He is perceptive and insightful faced with complex issues and works with clients from the repertoire of skills available.  Colleagues with complex, gridlocked cases often chat to glean from his synthesis of various training in social work, counselling, conflict management and law. 

Other than being a direct practitioner, Mun Loon is a talented orator who is both objective and clear.  Armed with a sharp wit and a clear mind, Mun is a sought-after speaker, trainer and mentor in the area of conflict management, relationships and marriage work.  He consults with individuals and corporates on dispute management and communications. 

Mun Loon graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Social Work. He earned accreditations in Mediation and Psychotherapy from the Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology (UK), in Family Mediation at the Erickson’s Mediation Institute (USA) and Pepperdine University. He is an accredited Gottman Educator for ‘The Seven Principles in Making Marriage Work’ and ‘Bringing Baby Home’ programmes, trained to Level II in the Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy by The Gottman Institute (USA).  In addition, Mun Loon holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

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Lim Lei Theng

Lei Theng is Co-Head of Allen & Gledhill‘s Pro Bono programme.

Lei Theng has been recognised for her volunteer contributions to the Legal Aid Bureau, the State Courts and various charities. She has been involved in the development of numerous innovative and sustainable pro bono opportunities that provide high quality legal services to individuals, families, communities and charities. Lei Theng was also instrumental in the setting up of the National University of Singapore’s Pro Bono Office in 2014, and she was appointed founding Co-Director of the NUS Centre for Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education in 2017, a post she held until June 2020.

Lei Theng is also a mediator, having been a Principal Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre since 1997.

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MICHAEL ZHU

Michael is a dedicated corporate counsel and currently serves as the General Counsel for Mercedes-Benz Taiwan, a subsidiary of Daimler Group in Taiwan. Before this role, Michael was a regional counsel for a US based company in Singapore. Michael is called to the bar in the state of California and New York. He has been working in Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan for the past 10 years and is familiar with regional legal matters.

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PATRICK TAY

Patrick is the Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC and also Director of NTUC’s Legal Services and Strategy. Concurrently, he is an elected MP and member of the NTUC Central Committee. He chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Education and is a member of the GPC for Law and Home Affairs. He has been representing the Labour Movement in all the tripartite workgroups to review/update employment and industrial relations legislation.

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REGANA MYDIN

Regana is currently the Learning & Development Manager at the Rajah & Tann Asia Academy, where she works with the team to curate and support professional development activities for the Rajah & Tann Asia network of legal and business professionals. This includes organising events & training activities, and curating content for their online video and microlearning platforms.

Having spent almost two decades in various sectors including Social Services (Disability & Legal Pro Bono), Volunteer Management, the Arts & Legal Education, Regana is passionate about legal education / awareness and strongly believes that it is important for people to be aware of their legal rights.

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RICHARD SIAW

Richard is the founder and current Managing Director of R. S. Solomon LLC, a full-service law practice in Singapore. His principal areas of practice are commercial litigation and corporate advisory, criminal and family matters. He also advises high-net-worth clients on family offices and migration issues. 

Effectively bilingual in English and Chinese, Richard is one of the 5 panel lawyers of the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Singapore and the sole Singapore representative on the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese’s Legal Consultative Council. 

Richard is frequently invited to give talks on a wide range of legal topics in public and on radio stations CNA 93.8, Capital 95.8 and Hao FM 96.3. He is the columnist of 《萧遥法外》at 随笔南洋 (a prominent Singapore based blog featuring Chinese literary works and current affairs commentaries) where he regularly contributes articles on law. 

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SAMUEL YUEN

Samuel is the Managing Director of Yuen Law LLC, an award-winning Singapore Law Practice specialising in legal issues relating to Start-ups and Emerging Companies and the head of its Corporate Practice Group.

Since starting his practice in 2001, Samuel has gained a reputation as a creative but pragmatic practitioner of the law, who is able to provide effective legal solutions.  While Samuel doesn’t like to kiss and tell concerning his clientele, he counts amongst his clients well known GLCs, MNCs, social enterprises and individuals. 

Samuel is also active in the local business and charitable communities and spends his time outside of work with his only daughter.  

 

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SARITA MISIR

Sarita is a Singapore-qualified transactional and technology lawyer practising in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital markets and information technology law, with a passion for employment law. She is currently Senior Vice President, Global Legal at a major Asia-Pacific focused international healthcare company, where she is the legal lead for global M&A, capital markets and healthcare tech. She is a volunteer at LSPBS and sits on the Law Awareness Committee.

 

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SERENE GAN

Serene is a senior regional legal counsel, qualified in Singapore and New York, with a background in Singapore and regional corporate work as well as commercial litigation. Serene provides practical legal advice to her clients, allowing them to capture business opportunities while effectively managing transactions, operations and on-the-ground legal risks. 

She is the Co-Chair of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association Pro Bono Chapter which aims to encourage pro bono spirit within the in-house legal community to do volunteer work. 

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TAN LAM SIONG

Lam Siong is a senior legal practitioner who endeavours to dispense pragmatic solutions to clients in his legal practice. He describes mediation as the Spice of Life and believes that every dispute can be mediated. It’s all a question of mind over matter. 

Lam Siong has extensive mediation experience. He has mediated a diverse range from cases from complex corporate disputes to bitter communal disputes, altercations between neighbours and amongst family members, and in two-party cases to multi-party cases. He has volunteered extensively in charitable and other worthy causes and was a former SOS volunteer, attending to anonymous distressed callers late in the night. He has a down-to-earth personality and a strong sense of empathy. An active volunteer mediator, he received the Outstanding Volunteer Award (Advocate & Solicitor category) from the State Courts in 2019.

Besides law, Lam Siong also holds academic qualifications in education and psychology and received training in clinical hypnotherapy. In his spare time, Lam Siong is a fitness enthusiast, line dancer, karate practitioner and actor. He is a firm believer in training both mind and body and has recently completed a diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, paving the way for him to obtain accreditation as a personal fitness instructor.

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TAN SHEN KIAT

Shen Kiat has often been described as a combination of a lawyer and social worker by those that he worked with. He believes sleep is often underrated, and he needs at least 8 hours to behave humanely for the day. He is a delighted co-founder of  Kith & Kin Law Corporation - a dedicated STEM Law practice in estate planning and later-life planning with the mission to help healthy families stay strong.

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TRINA HA

Trina is the Chief Legal Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at IPOS where she manages the legal affairs of the IP office including supporting IP policy reform and advising on IP issues in international agreements.   She jointly spearheads the Copyright Review with the Ministry of Law.

Prior to joining public service, Trina was in private practice where she specialised in matters involving the protection, management and exploitation of intellectual property rights, particularly in the media and entertainment sectors.  During her time in legal practice, she was ranked annually since 2007 in the intellectual property industry and TMT industry by the Asia Pacific Legal 500.   She is also listed in the 2020 and 2021 editions of the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists guide.

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VIVIENE SANDHU

Viviene is an experienced Lawyer and Senior Accredited Mediator and Arbitrator with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. Skilled in Legal Advice and Dispute Resolution, in particular, Civil Disputes, Family Law, Employment Law, Personal Law and Insurance Litigation. Strong entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Liverpool. Viviene was awarded the State Courts Volunteer of the Year (Advocate & Solicitor) category in 2018.

Viviene is happily married with three teenagers. She enjoys being a lawyer and helping others where she can.

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WANG LIANSHENG

Liansheng is a Partner at Bin Li & Lee LLP. His expertise is in private client matters (i.e. family and probate matters), and he has experience in commercial and family litigation, corporate and conveyancing matters. As a playwright, Liansheng has presented commissioned works with various arts festivals and institutions. In his free time, he enjoys watching theatre and dance performances.

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YAP TEONG LIANG

Teong Liang was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple) in 1991 and admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in June 1992. On 10 June 2002, he set up his boutique law firm specialising in Family Law.

Teong Liang has been engaged as leading counsel in both first instance and at appellate levels in the Family Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He is listed as a Preeminent and Leading Family & Divorce Lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide and Litigation Star for Family and Matrimonial Disputes in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021. In 2020, the firm was ranked one of Singapore’s Best Law Firms in Family Law in the inaugural Straits Times/Statista survey.  

Teong Liang also practices as a Collaborative Family Practitioner, Parenting Coordinator and is an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and an Accredited Mediator with the Family Justice Courts and Regent’s University, London (Mediation and Psychology) and appointed onto the panel of Child Representatives by the Family Justice Courts since October 2014. 

Teong Liang has presented papers at both local and overseas family law conferences over the years and authored the chapter on Maintenance of Wife and Children in the book “The Art of Family Lawyering”, a publication of the Law Society of Singapore in 2005. He authored the chapter on Ancillary Relief: Orders That Can be Made in the book “The Law and Practice of Family Law in Singapore” published in 2016 and recently co-authored the Chapter on Dispute Resolution Options in the book “The Art of Family Lawyering” (2019 Special Edition).

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Law Awareness Weeks @ CDC 2021 is brought to you by Law Society Pro Bono Services, in partnership with the five Community Development Councils, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law Centre for Pro Bono Clinical Legal Education, Singapore Management University Pro Bono Centre, Singapore University of Social Sciences School of Law and Singapore Corporate Counsel Association Pro Bono Chapter, supported by the People’s Association.

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Law Society Pro Bono Services


Law Society Pro Bono Services is an initiative by The Law Society of Singapore to help bring free legal assistance to those in need in our community. It is part of The Law Society's stated mission to ensure access to justice for all.

Our work is supported by our volunteers who give generously and selflessly of their time and expertise for the needy in our community and financially by contributions from individual lawyers, law practices, private donations, foundations, corporations and key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Law, TOTE Board and various community partners.

For more information on our pro bono programmes please visit https://www.lawsocprobono.org.

Community Development Councils


Since 1997, the CDCs have been bridging communities by strengthening social infrastructure, building social resilience and social capital, and promoting a culture of giving back, through the following ways:
                
(a)            Aggregator of Needs and Resources 
(b)            Builder of Capability / Capacity in Partners and Networks 
(c)            Connector of Communities 

There are five Community Development Councils (CDCs), namely, Central Singapore, North East, North West, South East and South West CDCs.  Mayors of the Districts are Chairman of the respective CDCs. The Office of the Mayors comprises:
(a) Ms Low Yen Ling   Chairman of Mayors’ Committee & Mayor of South West District
(b)  Ms Denise Phua Lay Peng  Mayor of Central Singapore District
(c)  Mr Desmond Choo  Mayor of North East District
(d) Mr Alex Yam  Mayor of North West District
(e)  Mr Mohd Fahmi Aliman  Mayor of South East District

For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov.sg.

Centre for Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore


The Centre for Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education oversees and runs pro bono and clinical legal education programmes at NUS Law. The Centre's activities have their roots in the rich tradition of pro bono work among staff and students.

Among its key objectives, the Centre seeks to develop and enhance legal skills in NUS Law students, particularly in community lawyering, and to build legal awareness programmes primarily targeted at the social service sector so as to provide legal assistance to such organisations, and thereby promote the welfare of vulnerable members in our community.

For more information, please visit https://law.nus.edu.sg 

Singapore Management University, Pro Bono Centre


As a stakeholder of the justice system, Singapore Management University (SMU) Pro Bono Centre has advocated a pro bono culture amongst law students through various pro bono programmes ever since the founding of the SMU School of Law in 2007.

The Centre handles all pro bono projects including running legal clinics at SMU, and organising and hosting programmes to raise pro bono consciousness. The Pro Bono Centre has been supported by the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation since 2017.

For more information, please visit https://pbc.smu.edu.sg/

School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences


The SUSS School of Law’s primary focus is to support the nation’s efforts to train and produce first-rate practitioners in the areas of criminal law and family practice.

Accordingly, our LLB and JD programmes adopt a pedagogical approach that emphasises problem-solving, by splicing the learning of substantive law with practice-oriented application.

Exposure to cross-disciplinary fields, as well as opportunities for all students to engage meaningfully with members of both the Bar and the Judiciary, ensure that our graduates enter the profession primed for practice not just with the foundational knowledge and skills, but also a keen sense of purpose

For more information, please visit https://www.suss.edu.sg/ 

The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association


The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association Limited, is the national association serving the in-house community in Singapore. As connectivity is imperative to in-house lawyers in their day to day projects and tasks, to make sensible and important resolutions to the organization they serve, the SCCA aims to serve the needs of just that.

Currently, the SCCA reaches out to over 3000 in-house counsel in Singapore and continues to grow its network and connections in the region and around the world with counsel ranging from 10,000 in APAC to 100,000 around the world.

It prides in building reputable training programs, toolkits, competency frameworks and skills required by domestic and regional corporate lawyers and will continue to be committed in this endeavour.

For more information, please visit https://www.scca.org.sg/

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