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Adam Capelli - Queensland University of Technology

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Presenting in the following Session

Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi - University of Malaya

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Presenting in the following Session

The Ever Strengthening and Expansion of the Asia Pro Bono Movement: Case Examples
Dispelling the premise that pro bono is not a part of the culture in Asia, this session will illustrate clear case examples of how the Asia pro bono movement has been strengthening and expanding. The session with then provide a venue and opportunity to strategically discuss and collaborate on ways and means to continue this expansion in a unified and diverse manner.
Facilitator/Presenter: Wendy Morrish – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Presenters:
Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Bruce A. Lasky – Lanna Lawyers/BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Cathy Alvarez – Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (Philippines) 

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)

Getting Started
Working with People in Need: how do you sensitize yourself to listen and understand a variety of clients?
Facilitator/Presenter: Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Hesti Septianita – Pasundan University (Indonesia)

Leni Widi Mulyani – Pasundan University (Indonesia)
Shaun McCarthy – University of Newcastle Legal Centre (Australia)

 

Andrew Khoo - The Malaysia Bar

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Presenting in the following session

Pro Bono and the Death Penalty: A Diversity Roles
From direct representation to advocacy and law reform work, this session will provide insights on many of the areas of intersection and strategies pro bono is being engaged on death penalty related issues.
Facilitator/Presenter: Marlon Manuel – Alternative Law Group (Philippines)
Presenters:
Andrew Khoo – The Malaysia Bar (Malaysia)
Daniel Awigra – ASEAN Human Rights Working Group and CADPA (Indonesia)

Raynov Pamintori – Reprieve (Indonesia) 

 

Andrew Valentine - DLA Piper LLP (US)/New Perimeter

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Presenting in the following session

Workshop primarily for Malaysian legal service providers

Presenters
Joe Lynch – Lanna Lawyers (Thailand)
Andrew Valentine – DLA Piper (United States)
Joanna Caen – Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong)
Rebecca Pang – Herbert Smith Freehills (Malaysia) 

 

Annette Bain - DLA Piper

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Presenting in the following session

Pro Bono and Large Law Firm Engagement: Ways and Means
Many large law firms throughout Asia, and globally, have helped carry the torch and be an integral part of the pro bono movement. Others though, with many of their team members lacking licenses to practice law in jurisdictions they are based in, have had the desire and will to join the movement but have been seeking effective and permissible ways and means to be engaged. This session will provide a number of diverse examples of large law firm engagements and strategies in supporting pro bono initiatives globally.
Facilitator/Presenter: Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA) 

Presenters:
Annette Bain – DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Lynn McMahon – Herbert Smith Freehills (Australia)
Shen Mei Bolton – Ashurst (Singapore)

 

Pro Bono Roundtables: Why and How to Organize and Utilize Them
One of the most effective recent strategies in Asia in assisting in the further strengthening of pro bono culture is the organizing of pro bono roundtable convening’s. These events gather a variety of actors and supporters engaged in pro bono initiatives, and create a space and venue for lessons learned, updates, network building and more.  This session will focus on a number of effective strategies utilized that help to ensure the success and impact of these vital and integral pro bono related convenings.
Facilitator/Presenter: Annette Bain – DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
Presenters:
Sarawut Pengsannoo – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Shen Mei Bolton – Ashurst (Singapore)

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Archana Kotecha - Liberty Asia

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Presenting in the following Session

Pro Bono and the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Taking on one of the leadership roles in Asia and globally in the fight against human trafficking, this session will comparatively explore the diverse ways various pro bono initiatives have assumed this position.
Facilitator/Presenter: Dato M. Ramachandran – Asean Bar Association Coalition on Migration (Malaysia) 
Presenters:
Archana Kotecha – Liberty Asia (Hong Kong)
Jedrek Ng – Philippine Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Philippines)

Kohnwilai Teppunkoonngam – Lawyers Council of Thailand’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Working Group (Thailand)
Robert Houston – KL Gates (Singapore)

 

Arni Topico - International Pro Bono Alliance

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Presenting in the following session

 

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)

 

Azmi Sharom - University of Malaya

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Presenting in the following session

Pro Bono and Environment: Developing a Culture of Awareness and Protection
From individual representation to strategic litigation and law reform endeavours, pro bono throughout Asia has had a number of marked successes in addressing environmental issues and threats, while working to shift cultures toward environmental protection awareness and action.
Facilitator/Presenter: Azmi Sharom – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Liu Jinmei – EarthRights International (China)
Nguyen Thu Trang – The Law and Policy of Sustainable Development and Research Centre (Vietnam) 

 

Ben Robertson - Mastercard

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Presenting in the following session

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)

 

Bethany Rose - Trust Law

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Presenting in the following session

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)

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)

 

Bruce A. Lasky - Lanna Lawyers & BABSEACLE

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Presenting in the following Session/s

The Ever Strengthening and Expansion of the Asia Pro Bono Movement: Case Examples
Dispelling the premise that pro bono is not a part of the culture in Asia, this session will illustrate clear case examples of how the Asia pro bono movement has been strengthening and expanding. The session with then provide a venue and opportunity to strategically discuss and collaborate on ways and means to continue this expansion in a unified and diverse manner.
Facilitator/Presenter: Wendy Morrish – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Presenters:
Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Bruce A. Lasky – Lanna Lawyers/BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Cathy Alvarez – Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (Philippines) 

 

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)

 

Caroline Samuel - UNHCR Malaysia

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Presenting in the following Session

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)

 

Cathy Alvarez - Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation

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Presenting in the following Session/s

The Ever Strengthening and Expansion of the Asia Pro Bono Movement: Case Examples
Dispelling the premise that pro bono is not a part of the culture in Asia, this session will illustrate clear case examples of how the Asia pro bono movement has been strengthening and expanding. The session with then provide a venue and opportunity to strategically discuss and collaborate on ways and means to continue this expansion in a unified and diverse manner.
Facilitator/Presenter: Wendy Morrish – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Presenters:
Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Bruce A. Lasky – Lanna Lawyers/BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Cathy Alvarez – Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (Philippines) 

 

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)

 

Catriona Martin - DLA Piper

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Presenting in the following Session/s

Mandatory Pro Bono: Solution or Problem? Maybe Not So Black and White.
Tackling the age old question of whether pro bono should be mandatory, this session, utilizing a formal debate format, will provide the participants a platform to analyse and address this issue.
Facilitator/Presenter: Helena Whalen-Bridge – National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Presenter/s:
Catriona Martin – DLA Piper (Australia)
Deborah Tang – BABSEACLE (Singapore)
Sadhana Rai – Pro Bono Service (Singapore)

 

Changho Kim - Human Rights Now

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Presenting in the following Session

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

 

 

Chan Tsun Kit - Chosen Power

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Presenting in the following Session

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)

 

Cherilyn Tan - Asia Law Network

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Presenting in the following session

Information Technology: Strengthening Pro Bono Culture and Expanding Pro Bono Initiatives
Information Technology (IT) has provided an amazing opportunity to strengthen pro bono culture and expand its reach and impact. This session will demonstrate some of the many diverse ways this is currently ongoing while further exploring future potentialities.
Facilitator/Presenter: San Ng – The Asia Foundation/UC Berkeley (USA)
Presenters:
Cherilyn Tan – Asia Law Network (Singapore)
Kate Fazio – Justice Connect (Australia)

 

Chow Tak Hung - Chosen Power

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Presenting in the following Session

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)

 

Chung Pham - National Economic University, Vietnam

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Presenting in the following Session

Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Collin Andrew - Collin Law Chambers

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Presenting in the following session

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)

 

Constantinus Kristomo - National Law Development Agency Ministry of Law of Republic Indonesia (BPHN)

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Presenting in the following session

At-Scale Access to Justice Strategies: The Importance of Pro Bono as a Key Component
This session will focus on identifying the legal need and the challenges facing access to justice and legal aid in many countries throughout Asia and how pro bono can and should be an integral component, working in harmony with other access to justice support policies and initiatives, to assist in overcoming these challenges and achieving at-scale impact.
Facilitator/Presenter: Sumaiya Islam (Bangladesh)
Presenters:
Constantinus Kristomo – National Law Development Agency (Indonesia)
Marlon Manuel – Alternative Law Group (Philippines)
Som Prasad Niroula – Alliance for Social Dialogue (Nepal)
Tanguy Lim – Law Society Pro Bono Services (Singapore)

Daniel Awigra - ASEAN Human Rights Working Group, and CADPA

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Presenting in the following session

Pro Bono and the Death Penalty: A Diversity Roles
From direct representation to advocacy and law reform work, this session will provide insights on many of the areas of intersection and strategies pro bono is being engaged on death penalty related issues.
Facilitator/Presenter: Marlon Manuel – Alternative Law Group (Philippines)
Presenters:
Andrew Khoo – The Malaysia Bar (Malaysia)
Daniel Awigra – ASEAN Human Rights Working Group and CADPA (Indonesia)

Raynov Pamintori – Reprieve (Indonesia) 

 

Dato’ M. Ramachelvam - Asean Bar Association Coalition on Migration

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Presenting in the following Session

Pro Bono and the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Taking on one of the leadership roles in Asia and globally in the fight against human trafficking, this session will comparatively explore the diverse ways various pro bono initiatives have assumed this position.
Facilitator/Presenter: Dato M. Ramachandran – Asean Bar Association Coalition on Migration (Malaysia) 
Presenters:
Archana Kotecha – Liberty Asia (Hong Kong)
Jedrek Ng – Philippine Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Philippines)

Kohnwilai Teppunkoonngam – Lawyers Council of Thailand’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Working Group (Thailand)
Robert Houston – KL Gates (Singapore)

 

Davyd Wong - Hong Kong Public Interest Law Society

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Presenting in the following Session

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)

 

 

Deborah Tang - BABSEACLE

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Presenting in the following session

Mandatory Pro Bono: Solution or Problem? Maybe Not So Black and White.
Tackling the age old question of whether pro bono should be mandatory, this session, utilizing a formal debate format, will provide the participants a platform to analyse and address this issue.
Facilitator/Presenter: Helena Whalen-Bridge – National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Presenter/s:
Catriona Martin – DLA Piper (Australia)
Deborah Tang – BABSEACLE (Singapore)
Sadhana Rai – Pro Bono Service (Singapore)

Migrant Workers and Pro Bono Assistance: Developing Communities of Practice
With both an increasing need and increasing awareness of the need for pro bono support for migrant workers throughout the Asia region and globally, this session will provide specific pro bono related “communities of practice” examples currently being utilized to strengthen the pro bono culture to help rise to this challenge.
Facilitator/Presenter: Simon Cox – Lawyer (UK)
Presenters:
Deborah Tang – BABSEACLE (Singapore)
Nattakan (Ann) Chomputhong – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Patrick Earle – Diplomacy Training Program (Australia)
Yumi Itakura – (Japan)

 

Elizabeth Black - White & Case

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Pro Bono and Women in Diverse Legal Jurisdictions
With women often facing a multitude of both similar and diverse legal related challenges and obstacles throughout the Asia region, this session will illustrate a variety of pro bono related services provided in different type of legal jurisdictions, and current efforts being employed to apply common lessons learned across borders.
Facilitator/Presenter: Pavina Thephithuck – BABSEACLE (Laos)
Presenters:
Elizabeth Black – White & Case (USA)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Kasthuri Krishan – All Women Lawyers Association (Malaysia)

Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA)

 

Emily Woolcott - Queensland University of Technology

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Presenting in the following Session

Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Emma Dunlevie - Russell Kennedy Lawyers

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Presenting in the following Session

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)

 

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

 

 

Francisca Romana Nanik Alfiani – Secretary of Legal Aid Committee, PERADI

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Presenting in the following Session

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George Varughese - Malaysian Bar President

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Key Note Address on Day 1 the 30 Sep 2017

 

Gopinath Pillai - Law Society of Singapore Pro Bono Service Office

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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)

 

Hannah Tye - Freshfields

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Presenting in the following session

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)

 

Helena Whalen-Bridge - National University of Singapore

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Presenting in the following Session

Mandatory Pro Bono: Solution or Problem? Maybe Not So Black and White.
Tackling the age old question of whether pro bono should be mandatory, this session, utilizing a formal debate format, will provide the participants a platform to analyse and address this issue.
Facilitator/Presenter: Helena Whalen-Bridge – National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Presenter/s:
Catriona Martin – DLA Piper (Australia)
Deborah Tang – BABSEACLE (Singapore)
Sadhana Rai – Pro Bono Service (Singapore)

 

 

Hesti Septianita - UNPAS

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Getting Started
Working with People in Need: how do you sensitize yourself to listen and understand a variety of clients?
Facilitator/Presenter: Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Hesti Septianita – Pasundan University (Indonesia)

Leni Widi Mulyani – Pasundan University (Indonesia)
Shaun McCarthy – University of Newcastle Legal Centre (Australia)

 

 

Hien Bui Thu - Vietnam

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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)

 

Illy Kamaludin - UNHCR Malaysia

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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)

 

Jedrek Ng - Philippine Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking

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Pro Bono and the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Taking on one of the leadership roles in Asia and globally in the fight against human trafficking, this session will comparatively explore the diverse ways various pro bono initiatives have assumed this position.
Facilitator/Presenter: Dato M. Ramachandran – Asean Bar Association Coalition on Migration (Malaysia) 
Presenters:
Archana Kotecha – Liberty Asia (Hong Kong)
Jedrek Ng – Philippine Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Philippines)

Kohnwilai Teppunkoonngam – Lawyers Council of Thailand’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Working Group (Thailand)
Robert Houston – KL Gates (Singapore)

 

Jessica Fenech - Queensland University of Technology

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Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Jessica Hatherall - Justice Centre Hong Kong

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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)

 

Jinmei Liu - EarthRights International

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Pro Bono and Environment: Developing a Culture of Awareness and Protection
From individual representation to strategic litigation and law reform endeavours, pro bono throughout Asia has had a number of marked successes in addressing environmental issues and threats, while working to shift cultures toward environmental protection awareness and action.
Facilitator/Presenter: Azmi Sharom – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Liu Jinmei – EarthRights International (China)
Nguyen Thu Trang – The Law and Policy of Sustainable Development and Research Centre (Vietnam) 

 

Joanna Caen - Herbert Smith Freehills

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Workshop primarily for Malaysian legal service providers

Presenters
Joe Lynch – Lanna Lawyers (Thailand)
Andrew Valentine – DLA Piper (United States)
Joanna Caen – Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong)
Rebecca Pang – Herbert Smith Freehills (Malaysia) 

 

Joanne Katz - Missouri Western State University

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Pro Bono and Juvenile Justice: Moving Away From a Punitive Culture Toward Restorative Justice
Nurture, don’t punish. This session will focus on pro bono institutional juvenile justice reform initiatives which have led to a positive culture shift through efforts focusing on restorative justice principles.
Facilitator/Presenter: Norbani Binti Mohamed Nazeri – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Joanne Katz – Missouri Western State University (USA)
Nadzriah Ahmad – Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia)

Special Focus Pro Bono/Clinics: Considerations in working with special topics in pro bono
1. Sample Clinic: Anti-Corruption Clinic and the Anti-Corruption Clinic in Univ Indonesia
2. Sample Clinic: Ateneo Human Rights Center, Philippines, Summer Internship Program
3. Sample Clinic: Restorative Justice
Facilitator/Presenter: Norbani Binti Mohamed Nazeri – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters: Joanne Katz – Missouri Western State University (USA)

 

Joe Lynch - Lanna Lawyers

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Workshop primarily for Malaysian legal service providers

Presenters
Joe Lynch – Lanna Lawyers (Thailand)
Andrew Valentine – DLA Piper (United States)
Joanna Caen – Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong)
Rebecca Pang – Herbert Smith Freehills (Malaysia) 

John Corker - Australia Pro Bono Centre

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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)

Jonathan Olier - White & Case

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Pro Bono and Women in Diverse Legal Jurisdictions
With women often facing a multitude of both similar and diverse legal related challenges and obstacles throughout the Asia region, this session will illustrate a variety of pro bono related services provided in different type of legal jurisdictions, and current efforts being employed to apply common lessons learned across borders.
Facilitator/Presenter: Pavina Thephithuck – BABSEACLE (Laos)
Presenters:
Elizabeth Black – White & Case (USA)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Kasthuri Krishan – All Women Lawyers Association (Malaysia)

Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA)

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 and Large Law Firm Engagement: Ways and Means
Many large law firms throughout Asia, and globally, have helped carry the torch and be an integral part of the pro bono movement. Others though, with many of their team members lacking licenses to practice law in jurisdictions they are based in, have had the desire and will to join the movement but have been seeking effective and permissible ways and means to be engaged. This session will provide a number of diverse examples of large law firm engagements and strategies in supporting pro bono initiatives globally.
Facilitator/Presenter: Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA) 

Presenters:
Annette Bain – DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Lynn McMahon – Herbert Smith Freehills (Australia)
Shen Mei Bolton – Ashurst (Singapore)

 

Kasthuri Krishnan - All Women Lawyers Association Malaysia

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Pro Bono and Women in Diverse Legal Jurisdictions
With women often facing a multitude of both similar and diverse legal related challenges and obstacles throughout the Asia region, this session will illustrate a variety of pro bono related services provided in different type of legal jurisdictions, and current efforts being employed to apply common lessons learned across borders.
Facilitator/Presenter: Pavina Thephithuck – BABSEACLE (Laos)
Presenters:
Elizabeth Black – White & Case (USA)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Kasthuri Krishan – All Women Lawyers Association (Malaysia)

Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA)

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)

 

Kate Fazio - Justice Connect

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Information Technology: Strengthening Pro Bono Culture and Expanding Pro Bono Initiatives
Information Technology (IT) has provided an amazing opportunity to strengthen pro bono culture and expand its reach and impact. This session will demonstrate some of the many diverse ways this is currently ongoing while further exploring future potentialities.
Facilitator/Presenter: San Ng – The Asia Foundation/UC Berkeley (USA)
Presenters:
Cherilyn Tan – Asia Law Network (Singapore)
Kate Fazio – Justice Connect (Australia)

 

Khaizan Sharizad Ab. Razak (Sherrie) - Malaysia

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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)

 

Kohnwilai Teppunkoonngam - Lawyers Council of Thailand’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Working Group

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Pro Bono and the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Taking on one of the leadership roles in Asia and globally in the fight against human trafficking, this session will comparatively explore the diverse ways various pro bono initiatives have assumed this position.
Facilitator/Presenter: Dato M. Ramachandran – Asean Bar Association Coalition on Migration (Malaysia) 
Presenters:
Archana Kotecha – Liberty Asia (Hong Kong)
Jedrek Ng – Philippine Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Philippines)

Kohnwilai Teppunkoonngam – Lawyers Council of Thailand’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Working Group (Thailand)
Robert Houston – KL Gates (Singapore)

 

Lauren Donnison - JUMP! Foundation

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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)

 

Leni Widi Mulyani - University Pasundan Bandung

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Getting Started
Working with People in Need: how do you sensitize yourself to listen and understand a variety of clients?
Facilitator/Presenter: Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Hesti Septianita – Pasundan University (Indonesia)

Leni Widi Mulyani – Pasundan University (Indonesia)
Shaun McCarthy – University of Newcastle Legal Centre (Australia)

 

Leonard Lee - Community Justice Centre Singapore

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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)

 

Lim Heng Seng - Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

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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)

 

Lin Htet Aung - Myanmar Rule of Law Centre

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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)

Client-Centered Lawyering
For pro bono that works with live clients, a session on listening and working effectively with clients using a client-centered approach.
Facilitator/Presenter: Tara Neal – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)
Presenters:
Lin Htet Aung – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)
Salang Sut Doi Mung Hkawng – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)

 

 

Lindsay Ernst - Hong Kong University

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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)

 

Lynn McMahon - Herbert Smith Freehills

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Pro Bono and Large Law Firm Engagement: Ways and Means
Many large law firms throughout Asia, and globally, have helped carry the torch and be an integral part of the pro bono movement. Others though, with many of their team members lacking licenses to practice law in jurisdictions they are based in, have had the desire and will to join the movement but have been seeking effective and permissible ways and means to be engaged. This session will provide a number of diverse examples of large law firm engagements and strategies in supporting pro bono initiatives globally.
Facilitator/Presenter: Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA) 

Presenters:
Annette Bain – DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Lynn McMahon – Herbert Smith Freehills (Australia)
Shen Mei Bolton – Ashurst (Singapore)

 

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Mark Woods - Tyler Tipping and Wood

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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)

 

Marlene Halpern - Center for Reproductive Rights

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Pro Bono and Women in Diverse Legal Jurisdictions
With women often facing a multitude of both similar and diverse legal related challenges and obstacles throughout the Asia region, this session will illustrate a variety of pro bono related services provided in different type of legal jurisdictions, and current efforts being employed to apply common lessons learned across borders.
Facilitator/Presenter: Pavina Thephithuck – BABSEACLE (Laos)
Presenters:
Elizabeth Black – White & Case (USA)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Kasthuri Krishan – All Women Lawyers Association (Malaysia)

Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA)

 

Pro Bono and Large Law Firm Engagement: Ways and Means
Many large law firms throughout Asia, and globally, have helped carry the torch and be an integral part of the pro bono movement. Others though, with many of their team members lacking licenses to practice law in jurisdictions they are based in, have had the desire and will to join the movement but have been seeking effective and permissible ways and means to be engaged. This session will provide a number of diverse examples of large law firm engagements and strategies in supporting pro bono initiatives globally.
Facilitator/Presenter: Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA) 

Presenters:
Annette Bain – DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Lynn McMahon – Herbert Smith Freehills (Australia)
Shen Mei Bolton – Ashurst (Singapore)

 

Marlon Manuel - Alternative Law Group

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Pro Bono and the Death Penalty: A Diversity Roles
From direct representation to advocacy and law reform work, this session will provide insights on many of the areas of intersection and strategies pro bono is being engaged on death penalty related issues.
Facilitator/Presenter: Marlon Manuel – Alternative Law Group (Philippines)
Presenters:
Andrew Khoo – The Malaysia Bar (Malaysia)
Daniel Awigra – ASEAN Human Rights Working Group and CADPA (Indonesia)

Raynov Pamintori – Reprieve (Indonesia) 

 

At-Scale Access to Justice Strategies: The Importance of Pro Bono as a Key Component
This session will focus on identifying the legal need and the challenges facing access to justice and legal aid in many countries throughout Asia and how pro bono can and should be an integral component, working in harmony with other access to justice support policies and initiatives, to assist in overcoming these challenges and achieving at-scale impact.
Facilitator/Presenter: Sumaiya Islam (Bangladesh)
Presenters:
Constantinus Kristomo – National Law Development Agency (Indonesia)
Marlon Manuel – Alternative Law Group (Philippines)
Som Prasad Niroula – Alliance for Social Dialogue (Nepal)
Tanguy Lim – Law Society Pro Bono Services (Singapore)

 

Matthew Coghlan - Diplomacy Training Program

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Pro Bono and Indigenous Rights
The continuous and ever increasing threat to indigenous communities and their rights both in Asia and globally has helped to spark a pro bono movement there to help stand in solidarity while simultaneously honouring and valuing the culture and customs of the individuals and communities assisted. This session will demonstrate a number of case examples in which these actions have been effectively achieved as well as when the outcomes have not been as positive.
Facilitator/Presenters:
Colin Nicholas – Diplomacy Training Program
Lee Lyn-Ni – Diplomacy Training Program
Matthew Coghlan – Diplomacy Training Program (Singapore)
Michael do Rozaroi – Diplomacy Training Program
Patrick Earle – Diplomacy Training Program (Australia)

 

 

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)

 

Megan Frost - Queensland University of Technology

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Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Michael Wells - Queensland University of Technology

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Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Mohan Sankaran - Sankaran & Nazeera

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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)

 

Nattakan (Ann) Chomputhong - BABSEACLE

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Migrant Workers and Pro Bono Assistance: Developing Communities of Practice
With both an increasing need and increasing awareness of the need for pro bono support for migrant workers throughout the Asia region and globally, this session will provide specific pro bono related “communities of practice” examples currently being utilized to strengthen the pro bono culture to help rise to this challenge.
Facilitator/Presenter: Simon Cox – Lawyer (UK)
Presenters:
Deborah Tang – BABSEACLE (Singapore)
Nattakan (Ann) Chomputhong – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Patrick Earle – Diplomacy Training Program (Australia)
Yumi Itakura – (Japan)

 

Nadzriah Ahmad - UiTM

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Pro Bono and Juvenile Justice: Moving Away From a Punitive Culture Toward Restorative Justice
Nurture, don’t punish. This session will focus on pro bono institutional juvenile justice reform initiatives which have led to a positive culture shift through efforts focusing on restorative justice principles.
Facilitator/Presenter: Norbani Binti Mohamed Nazeri – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Joanne Katz – Missouri Western State University (USA)
Nadzriah Ahmad – Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia)

 

Nguyen Thi Thanh Minh - Anheuser Busch

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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)

 

Nguyen Thu Trang - LPSD

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Pro Bono and Environment: Developing a Culture of Awareness and Protection
From individual representation to strategic litigation and law reform endeavours, pro bono throughout Asia has had a number of marked successes in addressing environmental issues and threats, while working to shift cultures toward environmental protection awareness and action.
Facilitator/Presenter: Azmi Sharom – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Liu Jinmei – EarthRights International (China)
Nguyen Thu Trang – The Law and Policy of Sustainable Development and Research Centre (Vietnam) 

 

Nguyen Thi Thuy Linh - BABSEACLE

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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)

 

Nicolas Patrick - DLA Piper

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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)

 

Nicholas Booth - UNDP, Regional

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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)

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)

 

Nirmala Many - PERADI, Indonesia

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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

 

 

Norbani Binti Mohamed Nazeri - University of Malaya

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Pro Bono and Juvenile Justice: Moving Away From a Punitive Culture Toward Restorative Justice
Nurture, don’t punish. This session will focus on pro bono institutional juvenile justice reform initiatives which have led to a positive culture shift through efforts focusing on restorative justice principles.
Facilitator/Presenter: Norbani Binti Mohamed Nazeri – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Joanne Katz – Missouri Western State University (USA)
Nadzriah Ahmad – Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia)

Special Focus Pro Bono/Clinics: Considerations in working with special topics in pro bono
1. Sample Clinic: Anti-Corruption Clinic and the Anti-Corruption Clinic in Univ Indonesia
2. Sample Clinic: Ateneo Human Rights Center, Philippines, Summer Internship Program
3. Sample Clinic: Restorative Justice
Facilitator/Presenter: Norbani Binti Mohamed Nazeri – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters: Joanne Katz – Missouri Western State University (USA)

 

Olugbenga Oke-Samuel - Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria

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Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Patrick Earle - Diplomacy Training Program

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Pro Bono and Indigenous Rights
The continuous and ever increasing threat to indigenous communities and their rights both in Asia and globally has helped to spark a pro bono movement there to help stand in solidarity while simultaneously honouring and valuing the culture and customs of the individuals and communities assisted. This session will demonstrate a number of case examples in which these actions have been effectively achieved as well as when the outcomes have not been as positive.
Facilitator/Presenters:
Colin Nicholas – Diplomacy Training Program
Lee Lyn-Ni – Diplomacy Training Program
Matthew Coghlan – Diplomacy Training Program (Singapore)
Michael do Rozaroi – Diplomacy Training Program
Patrick Earle – Diplomacy Training Program (Australia)

 

Migrant Workers and Pro Bono Assistance: Developing Communities of Practice
With both an increasing need and increasing awareness of the need for pro bono support for migrant workers throughout the Asia region and globally, this session will provide specific pro bono related “communities of practice” examples currently being utilized to strengthen the pro bono culture to help rise to this challenge.
Facilitator/Presenter: Simon Cox – Lawyer (UK)
Presenters:
Deborah Tang – BABSEACLE (Singapore)
Nattakan (Ann) Chomputhong – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Patrick Earle – Diplomacy Training Program (Australia)
Yumi Itakura – (Japan)

 

Pavina Thephituck - BABSEACLE

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Pro Bono and Women in Diverse Legal Jurisdictions
With women often facing a multitude of both similar and diverse legal related challenges and obstacles throughout the Asia region, this session will illustrate a variety of pro bono related services provided in different type of legal jurisdictions, and current efforts being employed to apply common lessons learned across borders.
Facilitator/Presenter: Pavina Thephithuck – BABSEACLE (Laos)
Presenters:
Elizabeth Black – White & Case (USA)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Kasthuri Krishan – All Women Lawyers Association (Malaysia)

Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA)

 

Purification (Pingki) Bernabe - International Pro Bono Alliance

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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)

 

Rachel Mason - Queensland University of Technology

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Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Rakkit Rattachumpoth - Ubon Ratchathani University

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Understanding Pro Bono in Legal Education: Stakeholder Perspectives
Co-education and service, for all parties
Facilitator/Presenter: Helena Whalen-Bridge – National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Presenters:
Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)

National University of Singapore Student (Singapore)
Rakkit Rattachumpoth – Ubon Ratchathani University (Thailand)
Samantha Chong – Messrs Thong Seng Kong (Malaysia)
University of Malaya Student (Malaysia)

 

Ravi Nekoo - Malaysian Mar Council

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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)

 

Ravin Singh - Malaysian Bar Council

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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)

 

Raynov Pamintori - Reprieve

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Pro Bono and the Death Penalty: A Diversity Roles
From direct representation to advocacy and law reform work, this session will provide insights on many of the areas of intersection and strategies pro bono is being engaged on death penalty related issues.
Facilitator/Presenter: Marlon Manuel – Alternative Law Group (Philippines)
Presenters:
Andrew Khoo – The Malaysia Bar (Malaysia)
Daniel Awigra – ASEAN Human Rights Working Group and CADPA (Indonesia)

Raynov Pamintori – Reprieve (Indonesia) 

 

Rebecca Pang - Herbert Smith Freehills

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Workshop primarily for Malaysian legal service providers

Presenters
Joe Lynch – Lanna Lawyers (Thailand)
Andrew Valentine – DLA Piper (United States)
Joanna Caen – Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong)
Rebecca Pang – Herbert Smith Freehills (Malaysia) 

 

Robert Cruz - Bulacan State University Legal Aid

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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)

 

Robert Houston - KL Gates

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Pro Bono and the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Taking on one of the leadership roles in Asia and globally in the fight against human trafficking, this session will comparatively explore the diverse ways various pro bono initiatives have assumed this position.
Facilitator/Presenter: Dato M. Ramachandran – Asean Bar Association Coalition on Migration (Malaysia) 
Presenters:
Archana Kotecha – Liberty Asia (Hong Kong)
Jedrek Ng – Philippine Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Philippines)

Kohnwilai Teppunkoonngam – Lawyers Council of Thailand’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Working Group (Thailand)
Robert Houston – KL Gates (Singapore)

 

Rosanna Cavallaro - Queensland University of Technology

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Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Sadhana Rai - Pro Bono Service, Singapore

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Mandatory Pro Bono: Solution or Problem? Maybe Not So Black and White.
Tackling the age old question of whether pro bono should be mandatory, this session, utilizing a formal debate format, will provide the participants a platform to analyse and address this issue.
Facilitator/Presenter: Helena Whalen-Bridge – National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Presenter/s:
Catriona Martin – DLA Piper (Australia)
Deborah Tang – BABSEACLE (Singapore)
Sadhana Rai – Pro Bono Service (Singapore)

 

Salang Sut Doi Mung Hkawng - Myanmar Rule of Law Centre

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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)

Client-Centered Lawyering
For pro bono that works with live clients, a session on listening and working effectively with clients using a client-centered approach.
Facilitator/Presenter: Tara Neal – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)
Presenters:
Lin Htet Aung – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)
Salang Sut Doi Mung Hkawng – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)

 

 

Samantha Chong Yin Xin - Messrs Thong Seng Kong

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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)

 

 

San Ng - The Asia Foundation / UC Berkeley

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Information Technology: Strengthening Pro Bono Culture and Expanding Pro Bono Initiatives
Information Technology (IT) has provided an amazing opportunity to strengthen pro bono culture and expand its reach and impact. This session will demonstrate some of the many diverse ways this is currently ongoing while further exploring future potentialities.
Facilitator/Presenter: San Ng – The Asia Foundation/UC Berkeley (USA)
Presenters:
Cherilyn Tan – Asia Law Network (Singapore)
Kate Fazio – Justice Connect (Australia)

 

Saor Siagian, S.H. , M.H. - PERADI, Indonesia

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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

 

 

Sarawut Pengsannoo - BABSEACLE

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Pro Bono Roundtables: Why and How to Organize and Utilize Them
One of the most effective recent strategies in Asia in assisting in the further strengthening of pro bono culture is the organizing of pro bono roundtable convening’s. These events gather a variety of actors and supporters engaged in pro bono initiatives, and create a space and venue for lessons learned, updates, network building and more.  This session will focus on a number of effective strategies utilized that help to ensure the success and impact of these vital and integral pro bono related convenings.
Facilitator/Presenter: Annette Bain – DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
Presenters:
Sarawut Pengsannoo – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Shen Mei Bolton – Ashurst (Singapore)

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Shaun McCarthy - University of Newcastle Legal Centre

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Getting Started
Working with People in Need: how do you sensitize yourself to listen and understand a variety of clients?
Facilitator/Presenter: Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Presenters:
Hesti Septianita – Pasundan University (Indonesia)

Leni Widi Mulyani – Pasundan University (Indonesia)
Shaun McCarthy – University of Newcastle Legal Centre (Australia)

 

Shen Mei Bolton - Ashurst

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Pro Bono and Large Law Firm Engagement: Ways and Means
Many large law firms throughout Asia, and globally, have helped carry the torch and be an integral part of the pro bono movement. Others though, with many of their team members lacking licenses to practice law in jurisdictions they are based in, have had the desire and will to join the movement but have been seeking effective and permissible ways and means to be engaged. This session will provide a number of diverse examples of large law firm engagements and strategies in supporting pro bono initiatives globally.
Facilitator/Presenter: Marlene Halpern – Center for Reproductive Rights (USA) 

Presenters:
Annette Bain – DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
Jonathan Olier – White & Case (Singapore)
Lynn McMahon – Herbert Smith Freehills (Australia)
Shen Mei Bolton – Ashurst (Singapore)

 

Pro Bono Roundtables: Why and How to Organize and Utilize Them
One of the most effective recent strategies in Asia in assisting in the further strengthening of pro bono culture is the organizing of pro bono roundtable convening’s. These events gather a variety of actors and supporters engaged in pro bono initiatives, and create a space and venue for lessons learned, updates, network building and more.  This session will focus on a number of effective strategies utilized that help to ensure the success and impact of these vital and integral pro bono related convenings.
Facilitator/Presenter: Annette Bain – DLA Piper (Hong Kong)
Presenters:
Sarawut Pengsannoo – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Shen Mei Bolton – Ashurst (Singapore)

 

Simon Cox - Lawyer UK

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Migrant Workers and Pro Bono Assistance: Developing Communities of Practice
With both an increasing need and increasing awareness of the need for pro bono support for migrant workers throughout the Asia region and globally, this session will provide specific pro bono related “communities of practice” examples currently being utilized to strengthen the pro bono culture to help rise to this challenge.
Facilitator/Presenter: Simon Cox – Lawyer (UK)
Presenters:
Deborah Tang – BABSEACLE (Singapore)
Nattakan (Ann) Chomputhong – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Patrick Earle – Diplomacy Training Program (Australia)
Yumi Itakura – (Japan)

 

Som Niroula - Alliance for Social Dialogue

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At-Scale Access to Justice Strategies: The Importance of Pro Bono as a Key Component
This session will focus on identifying the legal need and the challenges facing access to justice and legal aid in many countries throughout Asia and how pro bono can and should be an integral component, working in harmony with other access to justice support policies and initiatives, to assist in overcoming these challenges and achieving at-scale impact.
Facilitator/Presenter: Sumaiya Islam (Bangladesh)
Presenters:
Constantinus Kristomo – National Law Development Agency (Indonesia)
Marlon Manuel – Alternative Law Group (Philippines)
Som Prasad Niroula – Alliance for Social Dialogue (Nepal)
Tanguy Lim – Law Society Pro Bono Services (Singapore)

Sumaiya Islam - OSJI

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At-Scale Access to Justice Strategies: The Importance of Pro Bono as a Key Component
This session will focus on identifying the legal need and the challenges facing access to justice and legal aid in many countries throughout Asia and how pro bono can and should be an integral component, working in harmony with other access to justice support policies and initiatives, to assist in overcoming these challenges and achieving at-scale impact.
Facilitator/Presenter: Sumaiya Islam (Bangladesh)
Presenters:
Constantinus Kristomo – National Law Development Agency (Indonesia)
Marlon Manuel – Alternative Law Group (Philippines)
Som Prasad Niroula – Alliance for Social Dialogue (Nepal)
Tanguy Lim – Law Society Pro Bono Services (Singapore)

Tan Cheow Hung - Beacon Law Corporation

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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)

Tanguy Lim - Law Society Pro Bono Services (LSPBS)

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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

 

At-Scale Access to Justice Strategies: The Importance of Pro Bono as a Key Component
This session will focus on identifying the legal need and the challenges facing access to justice and legal aid in many countries throughout Asia and how pro bono can and should be an integral component, working in harmony with other access to justice support policies and initiatives, to assist in overcoming these challenges and achieving at-scale impact.
Facilitator/Presenter: Sumaiya Islam (Bangladesh)
Presenters:
Constantinus Kristomo – National Law Development Agency (Indonesia)
Marlon Manuel – Alternative Law Group (Philippines)
Som Prasad Niroula – Alliance for Social Dialogue (Nepal)
Tanguy Lim – Law Society Pro Bono Services (Singapore)

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)

 

Tara Neal - Myanmar Rule of Law Centre

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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)

Client-Centered Lawyering
For pro bono that works with live clients, a session on listening and working effectively with clients using a client-centered approach.
Facilitator/Presenter: Tara Neal – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)
Presenters:
Lin Htet Aung – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)
Salang Sut Doi Mung Hkawng – Rule of Law Centre (Myanmar)

 

 

Thip Nounsyvong - LPD/BABSEACLE Laos

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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)

 

Tran Van Nam - National Economic University, Vietnam

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Presenting in the following Session

Pro Bono, Access to Justice, Provision of Real Law Solutions and Community Engagement in the Developing World – How Legal Service Providers Can Help Law to Go Where it is Needed
Dealing with the lack or change in funding of community legal centres and other services through “law-sourcing” the session will focus on addressing how the need to access legal information, advice and representation can be met in the developing countries of the world with a specific focus on community education, alternative dispute, community development agreements and online resources.
Facilitator/Presenter: Rachel Mason – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Presenters:
Adam Capelli – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Emily Woolcott – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Jessica Fenech – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Megan Frost – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Michael Wells – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Olugbenga Oke-Samuel – Adekunle Ajasin University (Nigeria)
Pham Chung – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

Rosanna Cavallaro – Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
Tran Van Nam – University of Economics and Law (Vietnam)

 

Trang Ho - National Economic University, Vietnam

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Presenting in the following Session

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)

 

Vidjia Phun - Pannasastra University of Cambodia

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Presenting in the following Session

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)

 

Wendy Morrish - BABSEACLE

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Presenting in the following Session

The Ever Strengthening and Expansion of the Asia Pro Bono Movement: Case Examples
Dispelling the premise that pro bono is not a part of the culture in Asia, this session will illustrate clear case examples of how the Asia pro bono movement has been strengthening and expanding. The session with then provide a venue and opportunity to strategically discuss and collaborate on ways and means to continue this expansion in a unified and diverse manner.
Facilitator/Presenter: Wendy Morrish – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Presenters:
Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi – University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Bruce A. Lasky – Lanna Lawyers/BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Cathy Alvarez – Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (Philippines) 

 

Yasunobu Sato - University of Tokyo

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Presenting in the following Session

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)

 

Yatie Yonet - Malaysia AIDS Council

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Presenting in the following Session

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)

 

Yuet Min Foo - Drew Napier LLC, BABSEACLE

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Presenting in the following session

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)

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)

 

Yumi Itakura - Tokyo Public Law Office

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Presenting in the following Session

Migrant Workers and Pro Bono Assistance: Developing Communities of Practice
With both an increasing need and increasing awareness of the need for pro bono support for migrant workers throughout the Asia region and globally, this session will provide specific pro bono related “communities of practice” examples currently being utilized to strengthen the pro bono culture to help rise to this challenge.
Facilitator/Presenter: Simon Cox – Lawyer (UK)
Presenters:
Deborah Tang – BABSEACLE (Singapore)
Nattakan (Ann) Chomputhong – BABSEACLE (Thailand)
Patrick Earle – Diplomacy Training Program (Australia)
Yumi Itakura – (Japan)

 

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Conference Bags
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Silent Auction
The 6th Asia Pro Bono Conference will hold its 2017 Silent Auction. Participants are asked to bring items to donate for the Silent Auction to the Conference on the morning Day 1 30 September 2017 and pass to the Silent Auction volunteers.


Watch this space for the latest updates for the 6th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia during September – October 2017

2017 Organizing Committee

Aisyah Binti Mohd Soberi
            (University of Malaya)
Annette Bain – Conference Co-Founder
             (DLA Piper)
Bruce Lasky – Conference Co-Founder

            (BABSEACLE)
Bruno Langhendries
            (Avocats Sans Frontières)
Dinesh Muthal
             (Legal Aid Centre, KL)
Johan Shamsuddin Bin Sabarudin
            (University of Malaya)
John Corker – Conference Co-Founder
            (Australian Pro Bono Centre)
Lauren Donnison
            (BABSEACLE)
Lynn McMahon
            (Herbert Smith Freehills)
Manolinh Thepkhamyong 
            (Law & Development Partnership)
Miriam Chinnappa 
            (Avocats Sans Frontières)
Norbani Binti Mohamed Nazeri
            (University of Malaya)
Rajen Devaraj 
            (Malaysian Bar Council)
Ravin Singh 
            (Malaysian Bar Council)
Samantha Chong 
            (Legal Aid Centre, KL)
Stephanie  Bastian 
            (Legal Aid Centre, KL)
Suzanna Abdul Hadi
            (Taylor’s University)
Thip Nouansyvong – Conference Co-Founder
            (Law & Development Partnership)
Wendy Morrish – Conference Co-Founder
            (BABSEACLE)

Conference Programme Committee (CPC)

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