The Law Awareness Week (LAW) @CDC is a collaboration between Law Society Pro Bono Services and the five Community Development Councils (CDCs), supported by the People's Association, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and Singapore Management University School of Law.
LAW @CDC is a nationwide effort to promote awareness and understanding of the law in the community through a series of talks, so that Singaporeans may know their rights and be empowered when faced with common legal issues.
LAW @CDC 2017 will be launched on 28 September 2017, 7 pm - 9 pm, at the Singapore Management University School of Law's Function Hall. Thereafter, decentralised legal talks will be held nationwide across the five districts.
This year, LAW @CDC will cover a range of topics that affect the day-to-day lives of Singaporeans, including Bankruptcy, Community and Neighbour Disputes, Consumer Protection, Employment Rights, Advance Planning, Family Law, as well as Protection from Harassment. Specialist lawyers will give a presentation on the respective topics, followed by question-and-answer sessions where the audience will have the opportunity to clarify any doubts they may have on the law. Catered to audience with no legal background, the presentations aim to demystifying legal jargon and explain the law as it applies to the man on the street.
Come join us to learn about your rights and how to handle basic legal issues. Click on the Programme tab above to see the full list of upcoming talks.
Embracing Our Golden Years
Death is a difficult topic to discuss, but avoiding a frank discussion about end-of-life issues (such as your personal welfare and healthcare arrangements, asset distribution as well as other wishes), can inconvenience and even cause turmoil for your loved ones when you lose your ability to make decisions or leave this world. By making your wishes known in advance and ensuring that your affairs will be in order even after your passing, you can put your mind at ease as you enjoy your golden years.
Learn how you can plan for your future through various legal instruments, such as Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA), Advanced Medical Directives and Wills.
Resolving Family Disputes
Are you facing difficulties with your marriage? Thinking of getting a divorce but worried about what would happen to your children and properties?
Learn about resolving family disputes amicably, from reconciliation to divorce proceedings (including custody of children, division of matrimonial assets, etc) and maintenance issues.
Know Your Rights as an Employee
Your workplace should be a safe and comfortable environment. But what happens if you face a dispute with your employer or are not treated fairly by your employer? Not sure what you can do? Wonder if you are covered under the Employment Act?
Learn about how the Employment Act protects your basic rights at the workplace, and how you can come forward for help should the need arise.
About Law Awareness Week (LAW) @CDC 2017
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Bankruptcy & Financial Issues
How to be Debt Free?
Borrowed money from moneylenders and financial institutions but unable to make timely repayment? Worried that your creditors may go after your loved ones? Not sure what it means to be a bankrupt?
Find out the limits to what debt collectors in Singapore can legally do, the consequences of becoming a bankrupt and learn how to manage your debts to avoid bankruptcy.
Community and Neighbour Disputes
Neighbours or Foes?
Do you have a neighbour who plays unbearably loud music late into the night? Or one who monitors your movement via his CCTV? Not sure what you can do or where to get help?
It’s never easy to live with a difficult neighbour, but fret not! Learn about the various ways to resolve the dispute or seek recourse, such as mediation at the Community Mediation Centre or filing a claim under the Community Disputes Resolution Act.
Protection from Harassment
Protect Yourself from Harassment
Feeling harassed or being stalked can be mentally and emotionally taxing and cause serious distress. Unfortunately, harassment and creepy stalkers are not confined to scary tales or wild works of fiction – they exist and take place both in real life as well as online.
Learn what amounts to harassment and how the law can protect you and your loved ones from being the targets of such incidents, as well as the laws relating to defamation and nuisance.
Say "No" to Unfair Deals
Have you ever bought a product that was defective but the seller refused to give you a refund or replace it? Or felt that you were unduly pressured into buying something that you have completely no use for, at an exorbitant price? Signed up for a beauty package or gym membership but the service provider went bust?
Learn about your rights as a consumer, as well as the options available against an errant trader or dealer (such as reporting to CASE or filing a claim at the Small Claims Tribunal).
Internet and Cyberbullying
Dealing with Online Bullying
Cyberbullying is any kind of bullying or harassment that takes place online, from posting mean and untrue statements about another on social media, sending threatening messages to revealing embarrassing information about others. Cyberbullying may not take place face-to-face, but it can be worse than physical bullying - there are wider consequences and bullies can remain anonymous.
Come find out when comments on social media and forums may run foul of Singapore’s new laws on cyberbullying. Understand what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones against cyberbullies.
Law Awareness Week at CDC 2017 is brought to you by Law Society Pro Bono Services, in partnership with the People’s Association of Singapore and the five Community Development Councils.
About Law Society Pro Bono Services
Law Society Pro Bono Services is an initiative by the Law Society of Singapore to help bring free legal assistance to those in need in our community. It is part of the Law Society's stated mission to ensure access to justice for all.
Our work is supported by our volunteers who give generously and selflessly of their time and expertise for the needy in our community and financially by contributions from individual lawyers, law practices, private donations, foundations, corporations and key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Law, TOTE Board and various community partners.
For more information on our pro bono programmes, please visit .
About the Community Development Councils
The Community Development Councils (CDCs) were established in 1997 to build a tightly-knit, compassionate and self-reliant community. The CDCs share the PA’s objectives of fostering community bonding and building social cohesion amongst the people of Singapore. They work closely with grassroots organisations, government agencies, voluntary welfare organisations and corporate partners to strengthen the social fabric of Singapore.
Through the CDCs, residents are able to forge strong community bonds, enabling the more able and successful to come forward to help the vulnerable in society. The five CDCs are Central Singapore CDC, North East CDC, North West CDC, South East CDC and South West CDC.
The CDCs' mission is to build a Caring and Cohesive Community, where we Assist the Needy, Bond the people, Connect the Community
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Lyn BoxallAfter 16 years living in Singapore and mostly working for MNCs, Lyn Boxall established her own Singapore law firm in March 2015 (Lyn Boxall LLC).
She believes that the law should be understandable by individuals who are affected by it – that the law should be helping people and not confusing them. This is the reason why Lyn has been a strong advocate for many years of ‘plain English’ for legal documents and for legal advice.
Lyn has a strong interest in fairness for individuals.
Darren ChanDarren Chan is a Senior Associate in Fortis Law Corporation and a member of the Firm’s Private Client Practice Group.
Darren has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Leicester.
Darren is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore and speaks English, Malay, Mandarin, Japanese and French.
Michael ChenMichael practices in the area of Technology, Media and Telecoms. He has assisted in an extensive range of intellectual property, technology, media, and data protection matters. He actively advises on a wide range of technology contracts.
He graduated from the University of Melbourne Law School and is admitted in both Singapore and Australia. Michael has a keen interest in computers and technology, and also holds a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University.
Rajan ChettiarHe is currently the Managing Director of Rajan Chettiar LLC, which specialises in all aspects of family and personal laws. Besides family law, Rajan also also practices in the areas of employment, criminal, commercial and conveyancing laws. He is one of the first two collaborative family lawyers in Singapore.
Chua Jian ZhiJian Zhi is an Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Management and Restructuring and Insolvency Teams in the Singapore office of Eversheds Harry Elias.
Jian Zhi also volunteers regularly with the Pro Bono Services Office of The Law Society of Singapore including acting as Volunteer Counsel for the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS), sharing on legal topics at community events, as well as advising both community organisations as well as individuals at legal clinics.
Foo JuyuanJuyuan is an associate at Eden Law Corporation. Juyuan believes that everybody, young or old, rich or poor, should at the very least, be able to easily understand their basic rights and have access to legal advice.
Juyuan was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2014. He has extensive experience in matrimonial matters and criminal defence litigation. Juyuan was one of the five pioneer Criminal Legal Aid Scheme Fellows in 2015.
Elaine HoElaine Ho is a transactions lawyer qualified in 3 jurisdictions (England and Wales, New York and Singapore) with substantial experience in banking and finance, funds, mergers and acquisitions as well as regulatory matters.
Elaine is also an active contributor to the community, serving as chairperson of the Ageing Gracefully at Home project and in various capacities in other community organisations. She sits on the Law Society’s Law Awareness Committee and Community Legal Clinics Committee.
Stephanie HongStephanie is one of the founding Directors of Lexton Law Corporation. She graduated with 2nd Class (Upper) Honours in Law from the National University of Singapore and has been a practicing lawyer, engaged in both contentious and non-contentious legal work, since 1996.
Nur Amalina B KamalAmalina Kamal is an Associate in Fortis Law Corporation and a member of the Firm’s Private Client Practice Group.
She has represented clients in litigation on a wide range of matters.
Amalina has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. She is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore and speaks English and Malay.
Khoo Aik YeowMr Khoo graduated from the University of Wales, UK with a LLB (Hons) degree in 1992. He is a Barrister-at-Law of Middle Temple and an Advocate and Solicitor of Singapore Supreme Court.
His areas of practice include commercial and criminal litigation, conveyancing, probate, family law and mental capacity matters. He is currently practising under his own firm AY Khoo Law Chambers.
Steven LamSteven Lam is an advocate and solicitor specializing in insurance/ reinsurance/ O&G / International shipping & trade / cross border M&A and JV / community law and he is a chartered arbitrator and certified mediator and adjudicator.
Currently He is also a Fellow of London’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, and an Associate of the Singapore Institute of Taxation, and a Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Low Seow LingSeow Ling is currently an Associate Director at Eden Law Corporation. Seow Ling believes it isn’t enough to be treated equal before the law. That legal representation ought to be within every individual's reach. Low Bono is essential in achieving this goal, ensuring that legal representation is made available through equitable, affordable and sustainable means.
Her areas of practice are Matrimonial matters and Estate and Probate Matters. She is a fluent Mandarin Speaker.
June LimJune Lim is the Managing Director of Eden Law Corporation, a law firm with the sole aim of ensuring access to justice in Singapore. June believes that doing good and making a decent living are not mutually exclusive concepts.
June is primarily involved in matrimonial litigation, handling matters ranging from divorce to guardianship to cross-border custody issues.
She is also heavily involved in pro bono work for the community.
Luo Ling LingLing Ling is a Partner at Aequitas Law, and takes on cases in family and matrimonial law, criminal law, in addition to commercial cases requiring litigation in court. She has experience in contentious matrimonial proceedings involving custody, care and control of children and division of matrimonial assets.
Ling Ling was called to the Singapore Bar in 2008 and the New York Bar in 2012. In addition, she is an accredited mediator.
Mohammad Rizuan Bin Mohammad YasinRizuan graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014. He was called to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor in 2016.
Rizuan’s wide area of practice since his time as a trainee, has seen him involved in a gamut of Civil matters including those at the High Court. He has also assisted in Criminal (Capital) matters such as Drug Trafficking offences. He also practices Divorce Law (General) and Syariah Law (Muslims) including Muslim Estate Planning (Wasiat and Hibah).