Our volunteers have not only been busy delivering services and raising funds to help more people, they have also taken time to put together our very first newsletter. Check out the team's updates and articles from our first newsletter below.
We initially launched our campaign, 500 x 500 Fundraising Campaign (“500 x 500 Campaign”) in December 2018 with the objective to raise funds to support our pilot legal clinic in collaboration with the Society for Community Organisation (“SoCO”).
One of our main goals with this 500 x 500 Campaign was to allow us to be in a position to employ a dedicated Practice Manager to assist with matching potential clients with our pro bono lawyers….We are delighted to announce that we achieved this goal in August 2019!
The original idea of the Campaign is to have 500 people to each donate HK$500. We had in the end the support of some law firm which donated much bigger sums and helped us reach the target. Our heartfelt gratitude to the generosity of all our donors. Click here to read more about the campaign.
Of course, to ensure the sustainability of the clinic and CPBS, and our continued strive for legal access to all, we still require your continuous support. We would be most grateful for any further donations. Our next goal is to raise funds to pay for our pro bono lawyers’ professional indemnity insurance premiums. You can make a donation through the SimplyGiving website.
We are absolutely delighted to announce the joining of Paul Cheuk who will assume the role of Practice Manager and who also has the honour of being CPBS’ first employee! Paul will be responsible for the general management of the legal clinic and CPBS’ operations.
Paul comes from an academic background who has a special interest on the correlation of corporate issues and human rights. Paul’s research focuses on how interactions of government and corporate policies can affect and impact the rights and liberty of people in developed cities. Paul has been one of our dedicated volunteers since 2017 and has always been committed to the cause of improving access to justice. We wish Paul all the best with his new role and we are confident that Paul’s skills and expertise will bring us lots of value!
Making fun of his “single” status, Paul said, “Joining CPBS is fascinating because at present I am the first and only employee! I make it my mission to expand the Centre and to hire a second person so that there’s someone that I can talk to at work!” We have trust in you, Paul!
Paul now works in the new office of CPBS, which is a shared office with our partner SoCO in Ho Man Tin. We can’t wait to see the chemistry of the new staff, new place and CPBS’ commitments to make our society a fairer, more just and democratic place.
CPBS runs its monthly clinic in Sham Shui Po in partnership with SoCO. Since its launch on 15 May 2017, our pro bono lawyers have taken up approximately 64 cases. Matrimonial matters, criminal law and general tort are amongst the most common issues.
Our pro bono lawyers are all dedicated volunteers. Legal professionals from different backgrounds are always appreciated, as questions from our clients can range from family law to tenancy issues. If you are a practising lawyer and wish to contribute, please do not hesitate to contact Paul through our general contact form here. We need you on board!
Our next legal clinic will be on 9 September 2019 (Monday). Drop Paul an email if you may assist.
CPBS not only needs lawyers. Volunteers from all backgrounds are most welcomed! On 13 July, we had our second volunteers briefing at the office of Star Anise (our close partner) in Central. The Directors Davyd and Allan shared more information about the work and developments of the Centre, and our fellow volunteer lawyers, Peter and Gon talked about their personal experiences at the legal clinic.
We were pleased to catch up with some familiar faces and also excited to have met some new faces during the session! If you are interested to join us at our next session, please sign up here and we will contact you when the next opportunity comes!
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And a huge thank you to our News team Jeff Su, Paul Cheuk, Fiona Cheng, Jennifer Allardice, and our news team leader Felix Yuen. More to come…