In addition to helping charities, we also help individuals through existing pro bono initiatives: our lawyers volunteer in community Legal Clinics where assistance is rendered to applicants who do not have the financial means to obtain legal advice; andwe also take on criminal cases through the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) and civil cases involving points of law or complex facts from the Legal Aid Bureau. Our Programme for charity and non-profit organisationshas seen continued growth. With our legal expertise, we advise many deserving organisations, helping them to enhance the lives of many individuals and fulfilling their own organisational objectives and missions.
Established by Singapore’s Law Society Pro Bono Services (“LSPBS”), Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (“CLAS”) provides criminal legal assistance to the poor and needy who are unable to afford a lawyer, and are facing charges in a Singapore court for non-deathpenalty offences. In 2016, our Firm and the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (NUS Law) jointly established the inaugural A&G-NUS CLAS Pro Bono Internship Programme to provide NUS Law students with the opportunityto gain holistic experience in criminal defence while learning about balancing pro bono work with litigation practice. This is the first formal partnership between a law firm and NUS Law focusing on pro bono work. Through thisProgramme, selected NUS Law students will be offered off-site internships with our Firm focusing solely on pro bono criminal defence work. The students will be under the mentorship of A&G lawyers who volunteer to take onpro bono cases under CLAS, and will assist the lawyers in the management of the defence of accused persons. To ensure true access to justice for all in Singapore, our Firm has also been a staunch supporter of the CLAS fromits inauguration, in the spirit of acting as a responsible corporate citizen and giving back to the community. To this end, the Firm has committed to take on 50 assignments under the CLAS scheme each year. Read a recent CLAScase which our Partner, Tay Yong Seng, Senior Associate, Ang Ann Liang and Associates, Alisa Toh and Alyssa P’ng took on (+).