On 28 September 2020, SCCA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) as a new partner together with the Community Development Councils, Law Society Pro Bono Services (“LSPBS”), and three Institutes of Higher Learning – National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Social Sciences. The signing of the MOU was presided by Mr Edwin Tong, SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law. SCCA was represented by Mr Wan Kwong Weng, Vice-president, Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and Group Chief Corporate Officer, Mapletree Investments.
Together with the other partners to the MOU, SCCA will promote and support the involvement of law students and lawyers (including in-house counsels) in community activities related to increasing legal awareness and access to justice through initiatives such as Law Awareness Weeks@CDC (“Law@CDC”) and Community Legal Clinics@CDC (“CLC@CDC”).
This is a natural extension of the pro bono initiatives that SCCA has been introducing since 2019, such as:
- Volunteer lawyers providing quality advice to help charitable organisations and the less privileged;
- Volunteer lawyers serving as moderators and speakers for various educational talks for charities and/or the public; and
- The recent competition organised by SCCA which provided law students with the opportunity to hone skills essential for in-house counsels while raising awareness and funds for our charity partner, Child at Street 11.
Parties kicked off the MOU with Law Awareness Weeks@CDC with volunteers from SCCA and LSPBS as moderators and speakers to share their practical experiences and knowledge to the public. Themed The Law and Me: Stronger Together, Law@CDC 2020 seeks to equip individuals with basic and essential legal knowledge (including community needs and challenges faced by individuals due to COVID-19) through online webinars held between 5 October 2020 to 6 November 2020. If you know of anyone whom might benefit from such talks, they can sign up HERE.
If you are interested in going the extra mile for the community and volunteering with CLC@CDC and Law@CDC initiatives, and other access to justice programmes, please do not hesitate to reach out to SCCA’s pro bono committee at email@example.com