Just Sing "Justice in the Groove!" is a highly anticipated privately ticketed fund raising concert featuring legal alumni who have left practice to pursue a career in the music industry such as Rani Singam and Jimmy Ye. Wang Renyi and Donovan Loh (of "Cheating Sons" who are also in-house counsel) and Chok Kerong (who went straight into music upon graduating from law school), are also featured in uniting both the legal fraternity and the community in promoting legal awareness and access to justice (please see the Performers tab for more information on our stars).
The event will be graced by the Minister for Law and Minister for Home Affairs Mr K Shanmugam as Guest of Honour.
We believe that our criminal and civil justice system, which is foundational to the healthy functioning of our society, can only work when all who need to use it, have access to adequate legal representation and advice. Our mission is to ensure that no person is left alone and adrift in the justice system.
However, Pro Bono and access to justice cannot be done with efforts of the heart alone, the generous contribution of time and expertise from our lawyers need to be complemented by financial resources to support them in their good work.
Funds raised by the concert will be channelled to the Law Society’s Pro Bono Services Office which administers all of the Law Society’s pro bono programmes to help the most needy and marginalised in the community.
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The Law Society of Singapore Pro Bono, Learning and Support Services (PLSS) is the charity arm of the Law Society of Singapore (Charity No. T07CC2064L) and an approved Institution of Public Character (IPC Registration No. IPC 000571).
The PLSS financial, non-financial and code of governance compliance records are publicly available for viewing at the Charity Portal: https://www.charities.gov.sg/Pages/Home.aspx
Funds raised go towards supporting the initivatives of the Pro Bono Services Office including:
- Helping more needy persons with legal advice and representation under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) which has helped 1,500 persons in 2015 (from around 400 the year before) and is expected to increase to around 6,000 a year in 4 years’ time. This is done through legal advice, in addition to full representation. Honoraria and training schemes are provided to support and encourage the participation of more volunteer lawyers.
- Our community legal clinic network island wide expansion ("the Community Legal Pro Bono Services Network") with all 5 Community Development Councils. Since 2007, more than 20,000 persons have received help through our legal clinics. The Community Legal Pro Bono Services Network will bring legal advice and guidance even closer to home for persons facing pressing personal legal issues.
- Running a series of legal awareness talks across Singapore in an event in September called LAW 2016, in collaboration with the 5 Community Development Councils on current and hot topic issues ranging from Consumer Protection Law, Cyberbullying, Protection from Harassment Act and Advanced Planning to name a few. Leading up to LAW 2016, we are supporting NUS and SMU Undergraduates’ Orientation Golden Years Project where students befriend with the non-ambulant elderly and accompany them to relevant legal talks and clinics.
- "Project Schools" aims to engage, enable and empower youths by highlighting their rights and obligations under Singapore’s laws and informing them of the consequences of juvenile delinquency, through the use of interactive teaching methods and innovative multi-media tools. Since its inception in July 2012, 35 schools have taken part in the programme, reaching out to over 16,000 students. "Project Schools" Phase 2 which is currently in production to be launched in the second quarter of 2016 will see the development of new content topics and an increased reach to impact 30% of all Secondary Schools in Singapore by 2016.
- Supporting legal clinics run by NTUC for their union members under a partnership called Law Works, as well as legal clinic and collaboration with the Migrant Workers Centre, (MWC), Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST), Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics and the U-Care Centre which collectively help low wage local and foreign workers.
- The "StreetSmart Initiative" makes legal clinics mobile, allowing outreach to Singapore’s local and foreign commercial sex workers who fear stigmatization if they were to attend the more public clinics.
- Publishing a series of pamphlets, brochures and toolkits to help raise legal awareness made available for free online for the general public.
- A revised LegaleSE toolkit which is being launched in the second quarter of 2016 provides young budding social entrepreneurs with legal information on how to set up and run social enterprises, voluntary welfare organisations, charities and non-profit institutions on a firm legal footing. The LegaleSE campaign cuts through the legal jargon and clarifies key legal concepts by equipping such young entrepreneurs with legal information that is easy to understand.
- Project Law Help provides pro bono non-litigation commercial legal assistance to charities, non-profit organisations, social enterprises and voluntary welfare organisations by matching these organisations with volunteer law firms. The money saved on legal fees by these organisations for social good can then be channelled back in their programmes to assist the needy and disadvantaged in the community.