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Vancouver Piano Ensemble, a musical group founded by Lee Chin Yen ’72.

Alumni and guests of the Law School were treated to an evening of music on 11 April 2012 by the Vancouver Piano Ensemble, a musical group founded by our very own Lee Chin Yen ’72. For some of our guests such as Jeanny Ong’ 72 and Sim Yong Chan’ 72, this was the first opportunity in 40 years to catch up with their classmates whom they had not seen since their graduation! Tan Peng Chin’ 82 and Gwendoline Ong’ 82 were also there to lend their support to Chin Yen, and to enjoy an evening of good music.

Hoong Phun (HP) Lee ’72 with the Australian Press Council (APC) Medal (photo from Monash University)

Congratulations to Hoong Phun (HP) Lee ’72, who has been awarded the Australian Press Council (APC) Medal in recognition of his outstanding service to protecting freedom of the press. HP, who is Monash University’s Sir John Latham Professor of Law, says, “I am deeply touched to have been awarded the APC Medal. This honour means that I have, in the APC’s eyes, contributed significantly to the promotion of good standards of media practice and the protection of freedom of the press.” HP has been a member of the APC since 1987, and was Vice-Chairman of the APC from 2004-2010. During his tenure at APC, he drafted a number of adjudications for the Council and was actively involved in the Council’s written responses to proposed laws that were regarded as impinging upon freedom of the press.

Two of our alumni were appointed by the President of Singapore as Nominated Members of Parliament in February this year: Faizah Bte Haji Ahmad Jamal '84 and Eugene Tan Kheng Boon '95.

Eugene has been with the Singapore Management University since 2001, and at its School of Law since its establishment in 2007. He is also co-director of SMU's Centre for Scholars' Development, and an Associate at NUS Centre for International Law. But did you know that he was also part of Singapore’s national water-polo team at the 2002 Busan Asian Games; and then team manager of Singapore’s national swim team at the 2004 Athens Olympics?

Jack Lee ’95 on a visit to Parliament House with some of his students

The next time you run into Jack Lee ’95, you might want to refer to him as Jackipedia! He says, “I am running the SMU Constitutional and Administrative Law Wikipedia Project. (Quite a mouthful, I realize!) It’s a gradable component (10%) of the Constitutional and Administrative Law course that I co-teach at SMU. I wanted to introduce a group work component in my course that is more interesting than just an ordinary written assignment which never sees the light of day. The project’s aim is primarily to encourage students to internalize the material covered in the course, but there is a secondary aim of enabling them to contribute towards producing a body of accurate information about Singapore constitutional and administrative law that is freely available on the Internet.

“Groups of students work together to prepare a draft Wikipedia article on an topic assigned by me. After I’ve graded the assignments and given feedback to students about them, I edit the draft articles and then transfer them to the Wikipedia’s ‘article space’ so that they can be viewed by anyone who visits Wikipedia. The project has been run three times so far. You can see some of the completed articles produced by the project at this archive and this other archive.

“Quite a number of interesting facts from these articles have appeared in the “Did you know?” section on the main page of Wikipedia, and a number of them have even achieved ‘good article’ status.”

Keep up the good work, Jack!
Michael Puhaindran ’96, Katherin Nusantara, and Liesl Camille Puhaindran

Michael Puhaindran ’96 and Katherin Nusantara are very pleased to announce the birth of their little angel, Liesl Camille Puhaindran, on 10 April 2012.  The new parents are over the moon and couldn’t be happier! Congratulations to the happy family!

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word “mongrel”? Lillian Wang ’96, Suzanne Lim ’96 and Adeline Ang ’96 (yup, that’s me, your Editor) would like to invite you to a photo exhibition titled “Mongrel” – the inaugural event organised by their animal welfare group, Three Legs Good. The exhibition features portraits of street dogs, taken by notable photographers Teo Keng Beng, Jean Qingwen Loo, Nicholas Lee and Colleen Goh. The photographers have pledged to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their exhibited prints to the animal welfare group of their choice.

Date: 4 to 16 July, 2012

Venue: Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, 56A Arab Street

Time: Mon to Fri, 11am to 7pm / Sat 12pm to 6pm, closed on Sundays and public holidays

To find out more, visit Three Legs Good’s website at: http://threelegsgood.org, or “like” their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/threelegsgood

Samuel Yuen Wei Loon ’00

Congratulations to Samuel Yuen Wei Loon ’00 on the founding of his eponymously-named law firm, Yuen Law LLC. The firm specializes in Corporate and Intellectual Property transactions. Samuel regularly conduct talks on legal issues and hot button topics. He writes: “Yuen Law LLC is founded on the tenets of Integrity, Honesty, Precision, Practicality and Quality. I gives thanks and glory to God for His provision and for the founding of the law practice.”

 Adefolake Adeyeye Ph.D. ’10

Adefolake Adeyeye Ph.D. ’10 sends her greetings! She hails from Nigeria, by way of the UK ,and recalls well stepping onto the humid Singapore soil in the year 2000.

After working for some time in law firms here, Adefolake enrolled in the NUS Law school PhD programme; and says she was most fortunate to be under the supervision of Professor M Sornarajah.

During her time as a PhD candidate, she designed and developed a module on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which she now teaches at NUS Law School.

Recently, Cambridge University Press published her first book ‘Corporate Social Responsibility of Multinationals in Developing Countries: Perspectives on Anti-Corruption’ adapted from her PhD thesis. 

In August 2012, she will teach Comparative and International Anti-Corruption Law, a new module she proposed and designed for the Law School.

 

Congratulations to Matthew Seet ’12, who has just been awarded the Swiss Government Scholarship to pursue a two-year Master in International Law at the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) in Geneva, Switzerland, starting this September. This is a bond-free scholarship, which includes a complete waiver of tuition fees and covers all his living expenses in Geneva. Matthew intends to make full use of the opportunity afforded to him - to undertake internships with international organisations, and to seriously learn French which is imperative for an international law career.

 Matthew Seet ’12, who has just been awarded the Swiss Government Scholarship

Matthew says, “I would like to thank the Faculty for having supported me in so many ways over the past four years, without which this educational opportunity would not have been made possible.” Special thanks go to his mentors, especially Assistant Professor Cheah Wui Ling ’03 LLM ’05, Professor Thio Li-Ann and Dr. Kevin Tan ’86. He hopes to help Law students by letting his juniors who are similarly keen in international law careers know of such opportunities, which he discovered while doing his own independent research early on in his Law School days.

 

 

 

 

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Appeal for registration as potential bone marrow donors

The Class of 2004 is making an appeal to all alumni, on behalf of one of their classmates who is currently battling cancer. She requires a bone marrow transplant urgently, and as her family members are not a match, her only recourse is for an unrelated donor to be found.

 

Her classmates are appealing for fellow alumni to get tested to see if they are suitable donors. The test is a simple and painless process, requiring only a swab on the inside of the mouth, and only takes 5 minutes.

 

To find out more, or to sign up to be tested, please click here. You can also contact Sunil Sudheesan’04 by email, for more information.