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ACC Singapore Introduces Pro Bono Committee

Photo: ACC Singapore members, the Justice Without Borders founder, and Hogan Lovells attorneys at the ACC Singapore Pro Bono Committee’s event “Employing a Foreign Domestic Worker: Know the Right Thing to Do.”

 

On July 14, the newly formed ACC Singapore Pro Bono Committee held its first event, entitled “Employing a Foreign Domestic Worker: Know the Right Thing to Do.” This event was held in conjunction with Justice Without Borders (JWB), a nonprofit based in Singapore that focuses on providing free legal services to domestic workers who have been victimized by their employers, and was sponsored by Hogan, Lovells, Lee, and Lee. The event was held at the Screening Room and included heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations from the Coriander Leaf restaurant.  

Douglas MacLean, the founder of JWB, provided an overview of the ways in which domestic workers can be taken advantage of by their employers and gave the audience some insight into the legal work JWB does, including cross-border litigation to assist foreign domestic workers in collecting unpaid salaries after they have returned to their home countries. He encouraged ACC members to consider partnering pro bono with JWB, explaining that they particularly appreciate pro bono partners that have offices in the countries where most of their clients live, especially the Philippines and Indonesia.  

After wrapping up the Justice Without Borders presentation, Hogan Lovells attorneys discussed the pro bono program their firm runs and encouraged members to partner with them in pro bono work.  


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