The Law Society 2016 Pro Bono and Community Service Award Presentation Ceremony

Graced with the presence of Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, the Law Society Pro Bono and Community Service Award Presentation Ceremony was held on 16 December 2016.

The Ceremony kicked off with a cocktail reception that was well attended by distinguished guests from the government, non-governmental organisations and charitable organisations. Council Members of the Law Society, awardees, and their friends and families also attended.

A total of 26 law firms and 117 members received awards at the Ceremony, including the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Awards, the Distinguished Community Service Awards, the Distinguished Pro Bono Law Firm Awards, Individual Awards, as well as the Law Firm Awards.

The recipients of the three types of Distinguished Awards were selected by a judging panel for their outstanding contribution and commitment to pro bono and community work throughout the year. The panel comprised Professor Alfred Chan, Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission; Ms.Serina Chan, Council Member of the Law Society and Chairperson of the Pro Bono Committee; Mrs. Angelina Cheung, Deputy Secretary for Education; Ms.Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs; Mr. Ip Shing Hing, Past President of the Law Society; Mr.Thomas Kwong, Director of Legal Aid; Mr. Ken Ngai, Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups; and Ms. Melissa Pang, Vice President of the Law Society and Chairperson of the Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Committee.

Mr. Nick Chan, Ms. Vena Cheng and Mr.Chong Yiu Kwong all received the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Awards while Mr. Eric Cheung and Ms.Pauline Wong received the Distinguished Community Service Awards. Four law firms, Hogan Lovells, King & Wood Mallesons, Latham & Watkins and Linklaters were recognised with the Distinguished Pro Bono Law Firm Awards.

For the list of 2016 awardees and more event photos, please visit our website: http://www.hklawsoc.org.hk/pub_e/ probono/news.asp.

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma (fifth from left), Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen (fifth from right), President Thomas So (first from left), Vice Presidents Melissa Pang (second from right) and Amirali Nasir (first from right) with members of the judging panel.

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen delivering speeches at the Ceremony.

The awardees of Distinguished Pro Bono Law Firm Awards.

Mr. Nick Chan (first from left), Ms. Vena Cheng (first from right) and Mr.Chong Yiu Kwong (second from right) received the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Awards.

Mr. Eric Cheung (first from right) and Ms. Pauline Wong (first from left) were recognised with the Distinguished Community Service Awards.

Awardees with distinguished guests and Council Members of the Law Society at the Cocktail Reception.

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