2018 SUPPORTERS & HOSTS

Foundation Champion Supporter

 
 

Pro Bono Champion

 
 

Pro Bono Leader

 
 

Pro Bono Warrior

 
 

Event and In-Kind Sponsors

 
 

Supporting Organisations

 
Hong Kong Bar Association
Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Service
PILNet
婦女動力基金
HerFund Hong Kong
 

2017 APBC Programme

Day 1 : 30 September 2017

Conference Sessions

Location: Westlane Place, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur

Contact Phone: +60 3-7932 3878
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8:00am - 8:30am REGISTRATION (Lobby Westlane Place)
8:30am - 9:30am BALLROOM
Welcome Address & Cultural Performance
9:30am - 10:30am BALLROOM
Plenary 1: Strengthening Pro Bono Culture: Unity and Diversity

Strengthening Pro Bono Culture: Unity and Diversity
What are the core unifying values and elements of pro bono and how does the diversity of pro bono strengthen pro bono culture? This plenary session will explore these important questions, while simultaneously seeking to identify further ways to by unify and diversify pro bono as a means to continuing strengthening the culture surrounding it.
Facilitator/Presenter: Purificacion (Pingki) Bernabe – International Pro Bono Alliance (Philippines)
Presenters:
Nicolas Patrick – DLA Piper (UK)
Ravi Nekoo – Malaysian Bar Council (Malaysia)
Tan Cheow Hung – Beacon Law Corporation (Singapore)
Thip Nounsyvong – LPD/BABSEACLE (Laos)

10:30am – 11:05am BALLROOM
10:30am - 10:35am Introduction of Key Note Speaker by Glenn Cooper Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills

10:30am – 10:35am Introduction of Key Note Speaker by Glenn Cooper Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills

10:35am - 11:05am Key Note Address from George Varughese, Malaysian Bar President

10:35am – 11:05am Key Note Address from George Varughese President of the Malaysia Bar

11:05am – 11:30am MORNING REFRESHMENTS (4th Floor Westlane Place)
11:30am – 1:00pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Pro Bono Culture Development in Malaysia : The Historical Foundation, Current Diverse Climate and Future Path (Ballroom Westlane Place)

Pro Bono Culture Development in Malaysia: The Historical Foundation, Current Diverse Climate and Future Path
This session will explore the historical development of the pro bono movement and culture in Malaysia through its origins, current diverse status, and future path and potential. Specific case studies will be used to highlight strategies, challenges and successes to date, while providing an insight into how and why this movement can and should expand and deepen.
Facilitator/Presenter: Samantha Chong Yin Xin – Messrs Thong Seng Kong
 (Malaysia)
Presenters: Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)

Pro Bono Asylum, Refugees and Statelessness (Breakout Room 1 Level 2 Westlane Place)

Pro Bono Asylum and Refugees
This session will focus on a number of diverse ways and means pro bono legal service providers are engaged in holistically assisting in the diverse needs of asylum seekers and refugees, while simultaneously highlighting the significant need and challenges in doing so, as a means to develop broad, at-scale initiatives to further address this expanding demand.
Facilitator/Presenter: Emma Dunlevie – Russell Kennedy Lawyers (Australia)

Presenters:
Caroline Samuel – UNHCR (Malaysia)
Illy Kamaludin – UNHCR (Malaysia)
Yasunobu Sato – University of Tokyo (Japan)

Pro Bono and People with Disabilities (Breakout Room 2 Level 2 Westlane Place)

Pro Bono and People with Disabilities
Guided by the slogan “Nothing About Us Without Us”, this session will provide clear examples of pro bono related initiatives that engage the full and direct participation of people with disabilities as a means to combat many of the legal and other barriers they face.
Facilitator/Presenter: Lindsay Ernst – Hong Kong University (Hong Kong)
Presenters:
Chan Tsun Kit – Chosen Power (Hong Kong)
Chow Tak Hung – Chosen Power (Hong Kong)

Kasthuri Krishnan – All Women Lawyers Association (Malaysia)
Nicholas Booth – UNDP Regional (Thailand)
Vidjia Phun – Pannasastra University of Cambodia (Cambodia)

Developing and Strengthening Pro Bono Practice and Culture in Large Law Firms (Breakout Room 3 Level 3 Westlane Place)

Developing and Strengthening Pro Bono Practice and Culture in Large Law Firms
Large law firms globally have been instrumental in helping to drive the pro bono movement.  How though do they actually begin pro bono initiatives internally and sustain them in order to do so?  This session will provide clear, instructive guides into many of the successful strategies employed by large law firms to build and maintain such initiatives and imbed a culture of pro bono within their teams.
Facilitator/Presenter: Hannah Tye – Freshfields (UK)
Presenters:
Annette Bain – DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Lim Heng Seng –  Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (Malaysia)
Yuet Min Foo – Drew Napier (Singapore)

Pro Bono, Drug Users and Access to Justice in Asia: Developing a Network (Breakout Room 1 Armada Hotel PJ)

Pro Bono, Drug Users and Access to Justice in Asia: Developing a Network
Often being one of the most marginalized groups throughout Asia and globally, this session will focus on country and regional snapshotexamples of effective pro bono services to drug users, including the strengthening impact and strategies of the Pro Bono Network For Users (PBN4U) in striving to develop an even stronger pro bono culture for People Who Use Drugs (PWUD).
Facilitator/Presenter: Gopinah Pillai – Law Society of Singapore Pro Bono Service Office (Singapore)

Presenters:
Nguyen Thuy Thi Linh – BABSEACLE (Vietnam)
Yatie Yonet – Malasyia AIDS Council (Malaysia)

Pro Bono and In-House Counsel: Developing a Synergistic Pro Bono Programme (Breakout Room 2 Armada Hotel PJ)

Pro Bono and In-House Counsel: Developing a Synergistic Pro Bono Programme
Often seen as an untapped pro bono resource of great potential, this session will provide instructive ways In-House Counsel pro bono programmes can develop, create a culture of pro bono, and be done in synergy and harmony with other pro bono initiatives.
Facilitator/Presenter: Ben Robertson – Mastercard (Singapore)
Presenters:
Bethany Rose – TrustLaw (Thailand)
Davyd Wong – Hong Kong Public Interest Law Society (Hong Kong)
Nguyen Thi Thanh Minh – Anheuser Busch (Vietnam)
Tanguy Lim – Law Society Pro Bono Services (Singapore)

1:00pm – 2:15pm LUNCH (4th Floor Westlane Place)
2:15pm – 3:45pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Pro Bono 101: The Incredible Diversification of Pro Bono Options (Ballroom Westlane Place)

Pro Bono 101: The Incredible Diversification of Pro Bono Options
What is pro bono and how do we do it?  This session will explore many of the widely diversified options of pro bono, both locally and at a global level, and in doing so will clearly illustrate that on the pro bono buffetthere is a type of pro bono programme and option suitable to any legal service provider eager and committed to doing pro bono.
Facilitator/Presenter: Lauren Donnison – JUMP! Foundation (Thailand)
Presenters:
Arni Topico – International Pro Bono Alliance (Philippines)
Bethany Rose – TrustLaw (Thailand)
Trang Ho – National Economic University (Vietnam)
Yuet Min Foo – Drew Napier (Singapore)

The Role of Government and Bar Associations in Developing and Strengthening Pro Bono Culture (Breakout Room 1 Level 2 Westlane Place)

The Role of Government and Bar Associations in Developing and Strengthening Pro Bono Culture
The support for the development and strengthening of a pro bono culture requires unity in goals and a diversification of actors.  This session will demonstrate the vital need of the role of both government and bar associations to be an integral part of the pro bono movement as a means to foster and imbed pro bono culture and will highlight various successful practices in doing so.
Facilitator/Presenter: Tanguy Lim – Law Society Pro Bono Services (LSPBS)
Presenters:
Changho Kim – Human Rights Now
Emma Dunlevi – Russell Kennedy Lawyers
Francisca Romana Nanik Alfiani – Secretary of Legal Aid Committee, PERADI
Nirmala Many – Secretary of Pro Bono Center, PERADI
Ravin Singh – Malaysian Bar Council
Saor Siagian, S.H. , M.H. – Head of Pro Bono Division, PERADI

 

Developing and Maintaining a Pro Bono Practice: Sole Practitioners and Small Firms: How They Do It (Breakout Room 2 Level 2 Westlane Place)

Developing and Maintaining a Pro Bono Practice: Sole Practitioners and Small Firms: How They Do It
Consistently, through their actions, solo practitioners and small firms demonstrate the sustained commitment to ensure equal access to justice through the providing of pro bono services and do so often without the support system and project infrastructure available to many of their large firm counterparts.  This session will provide and insight into some of the pragmatic building blocks utilized by solo and small firm practitioners on the effective way they are able to achieve this necessary task.
Facilitator/Presenter: Bruce A. Lasky – Lanna Lawyers (Thailand)
Presenters:
Khaizan Sharizad Ab. Razak (Sherrie) – Lawyer (Malaysia)
Mohan Sankaran – Sankaran & Nazeera (Malaysia)
Robert Cruz – Dizon Pineda Cruz & Sanchez Law Firm (Philippines)

Why We Do Pro Bono: Inspiring vs. Convincing (Breakout Room 3 Level 3 Westlane Place)

Why We Do Pro Bono: Inspiring vs. Convincing
Should we be convincing people or inspiring people to do pro bono? This session will explore a number of diverse ways and means to develop and strengthen a pro bono culture through the use of both strategies, some of the challenges faced when doing so and ways to overcome these challenges.
Facilitator/Presenter: Mark Woods — Tyler Tipping and Wood
(Australia)
Presenters:
Cathy Alvarez – Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (Philippines)
Collin Andrew – Colin Law Chambers (Malaysia)
Lin Htet Aung – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)
Salang Sut Doi Mung Hkawng – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)
Tara Neal – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)

Monitoring and Evaluation Pro Bono Impact and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Proving Pro Bono Makes a Difference and Impact (Breakout Room 1 Armada Hotel PJ)

Monitoring and Evaluation Pro Bono Impact and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Proving Pro Bono Makes a Difference and Impact
The effect pro bono has on individuals can often be very clear but does it make an at-scale impact? This session, guided by the newly issued United Nations Sustainable Develop Goals, will provide some of the basic tools to monitor and evaluate pro bono initiatives as a means to measure and illustrate they are making this impactful difference.
Facilitator/Presenter: Hien Bui Thu – Independent Lawyer (Vietnam)
Presenters:
Matthew Coghlan – Diplomacy Training Program (Australia)
Nicholas Booth – UNDP Regional (Thailand)

3:45pm – 4:15pm AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS (4th Floor Westlane Place)
4:15pm – 5:15pm BALLROOM
Plenary 2: Collaborative Pro Bono Models: Strength and Unity in Collaboration

Collaborative Pro Bono Models: Strength and Unity in Collaboration
The session would aim to provide the participants with a framework and a language to talk about pro bono partnerships and models. It will aim to highlight the key models that currently exist in the Asian region for pro bono service delivery based around the key message that they all involve collaboration, and the better that collaboration, the better the model.
Facilitator/Presenter: John Corker – Australian Pro Bono Centre (Australia)
Presenters:
Jessica Hatherall – Justice Centre Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Leonard Lee – Community Justice Centre Singapore (Singapore)

5:15pm- 5:30pm CLOSING OF DAY 1

Representing Pro Bono Clients in a Client Centered Lawyering Manner Workshop

Launch of the PBN4U (Pro Bono Network for Users) – Optional Event

6:45pm - 8:15pm ARMARDA HOTEL (Merchant Live Restaurant Armada Hotel PJ)

Contact Phone: +60 3-7954 6888
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Launching of the (PBN4U) Pro Bono Network for Users (Optional Event)

Regional Report & Reception (Optional Event)

Student Led KL City Tour – Optional Event

7:30pm - ONWARD

Meeting Place at: LRT Asia Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur

Contact Phone: +60 3-7932 3878
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7:30pm -Onward Student guided Kuala Lumpur city walking tours (optional)

Refer to Student Guide Tour Book

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INTERACT

2018 Logo & Bag Designer

Daniel Tang

A self-taught illustrator, Daniel has had keen interest in anything creative since he was able to hold a pencil. When the opportunity came up for him to contribute and apply his talents for the 2018 Asia Pro Bono Conference, he jumped at the chance to share and give back to the community, hoping to help those in need of access to justice.

The 2018 Conference Local Organizing Committee

The 2018 Conference is organised by the Conference Local Organizing Committee (“CLOC“), comprising the heads of the five working committees. The full list of volunteers assisting with the Conference Organisation is available here. Big hand of applause to them them all and BABSEACLE as well for their support.

2018 Conference Program Information

The CLOC, its Program Committee and the 2018 Program Advisory Group is currently putting together the Conference program. To view more details of the program, speakers and related information please click here.

2018 SUPPORTERS & HOSTS

Foundation Champion Supporter

 
 

Pro Bono Champion

 
 

Pro Bono Leader

 
 

Pro Bono Warrior

 
 

Event and In-Kind Sponsors

 
 

Supporting Organisations

 
Hong Kong Bar Association
Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Service
PILNet
婦女動力基金
HerFund Hong Kong
 

Faces of the Asia Pro Bono Movement