Due to the pandemic, the award winners for the 2020 Pro Bono and Community Service Recognition Programme ("the Programme") were announced in a video of the ceremony. We were very honoured to be graced by the participation of the then Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma and The Honourable Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng in the ceremony.
This year’s Programme was well received by members and law firms with over 300 applications. A total of 43 law firms and 227 lawyers received awards under the Programme. Apart from the Individual and Law Firm awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze), a number of distinguished awards and special awards were presented.
Below are the recipients of the distinguished and special awards of the 2020 Programme:
Our sincere gratitude is extended to members of the Judging Panel from various sectors, who made the most difficult decisions in selecting the recipients of the Distinguished Awards. Panel members for the Distinguished Pro Bono Awards included Mr. Ricky Chu, Chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission; Ms. Winnie Chiu, The Ombudsman; Ms. Ada Chung, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data; Mr. Thomas Kwong, Director of Legal Aid; Mr. Paul Lam, Chairman of Consumer Council; Mr. C.M. Chan, Vice-President and member of Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Committee of The Law Society; Mr. Ip Shing Hing, Past President and member of the Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Committee of The Law Society; and Mr. Alan Schiffman, Chairman of the Pro Bono Committee of The Law Society. Panel members for the Distinguished Community Service Awards included Mr. Chua Hoi Wai, Chief Executive of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service; Mr. Andy Ho, Executive Director of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups; Dr. Shum Chi Wang, Chairman of Agency for Volunteer Service; Mr. Stephen Yau, Chief Executive of International Social Service Hong Kong Branch; Ms. Melissa Pang, President and Chairlady of Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Committee of The Law Society; and Mr. Philip Wong, member of Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Committee of The Law Society.
Members of the Judging Panel for Distinguished Pro Bono Awards.
Members of the Judging Panel for Distinguished Community Service Awards.