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Singapore Academy of Law Annual Lecture 2017

1 Public CPD Point
Practice Area: Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Training Level: General

Attendance Policy applies. For this activity, please sign in on arrival in the manner required by the organiser if you wish to obtain CPD Points. For more information on the CPD Scheme, please visit http://www.sileCPDcentre.sg.

 

 

Introduction

 

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view: ...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” So said an iconic figure in literature, who embodied the twin paragon virtues of lawyers and legal practice: the public interest and honour. These two concepts are basic components of legal practice as it has traditionally been regarded. But how relevant are they in the modern era in which the practice of law is treated as a business requiring above all tangible results and where often multiple incentives pull in multiple directions? Does the modern lawyer even pause to think of the two concepts or to try to understand their significance? The focus of this year's lecture is on lawyers and the practice of law. But this topic is also of critical relevance to the community at large. The lawyers of today become the judges of tomorrow. It is therefore very much in the public interest to ensure that the legal profession really does represent an appropriate springboard to the judiciary where critical constitutional functions are discharged and justice for all served.

 

 

Programme

 

6.30pm     Arrival of Guests
7.10pm   All guests to be seated
7.25pm   Arrival of
The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM
Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, and
The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
7.30pm   Opening Remarks by
The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
7.35pm   Annual Lecture 2017: Lawyers and the Public Interest: Is there still Honour in the Profession? 
by The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM
8.30pm   Cocktail Reception
9.30pm   End of Reception

 

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The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM
Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal

 

Chief Justice Ma was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal on 1 September 2010.

 

Chief Justice Ma was born in Hong Kong in 1956. He studied law and graduated with an LLB from Birmingham University in 1977. After completing the Bar Finals in 1978, he was called to the English Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1978, the Hong Kong Bar in 1980, the Bar of the State of Victoria in Australia in 1983 and the Bar of Singapore in 1990. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993. He became an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2004. In 2011, he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Birmingham. In 2012, he became an Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. In 2016, he became an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple and was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Chief Justice Ma was appointed a Recorder of the Court of First Instance from 2000 to 2001 before his appointment as a Judge of the Court of First Instance in 2001. He was appointed a Justice of Appeal in 2002, and became Chief Judge of the High Court in 2003. Before joining the Judiciary, Chief Justice Ma was in private practice in Hong Kong and in Singapore. Chief Justice Ma is a Patron of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; he is also a Patron of the International Advocacy Training Council. Chief Justice Ma was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in June 2012.

 

For enquiries, please call Tel: +65 6332 4388 or email to les@sal.org.sg.

Lawyers and the Public Interest: Is there still Honour in the Profession?

CPD Points: 1 Public

Venue: Supreme Court Auditorium, Basement 2, Supreme Court Building, 1 Supreme Court Lane (178879)

Event Date: 16 November 2017 (7.00pm - 9.30pm)

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE EMAIL les@sal.org.sg TO BE INCLUDED IN THE WAIT LIST.
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1 Public CPD Point
Practice Area: Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Training Level: General

Attendance Policy applies. For this activity, please sign in on arrival in the manner required by the organiser if you wish to obtain CPD Points. For more information on the CPD Scheme, please visit http://www.sileCPDcentre.sg.

 

 

Introduction

 

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view: ...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” So said an iconic figure in literature, who embodied the twin paragon virtues of lawyers and legal practice: the public interest and honour. These two concepts are basic components of legal practice as it has traditionally been regarded. But how relevant are they in the modern era in which the practice of law is treated as a business requiring above all tangible results and where often multiple incentives pull in multiple directions? Does the modern lawyer even pause to think of the two concepts or to try to understand their significance? The focus of this year's lecture is on lawyers and the practice of law. But this topic is also of critical relevance to the community at large. The lawyers of today become the judges of tomorrow. It is therefore very much in the public interest to ensure that the legal profession really does represent an appropriate springboard to the judiciary where critical constitutional functions are discharged and justice for all served.

 

 

Programme

 

6.30pm     Arrival of Guests
7.10pm   All guests to be seated
7.25pm   Arrival of
The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM
Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, and
The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
7.30pm   Opening Remarks by
The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
7.35pm   Annual Lecture 2017: Lawyers and the Public Interest: Is there still Honour in the Profession? 
by The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM
8.30pm   Cocktail Reception
9.30pm   End of Reception

 

Click here for brochure. 

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