Volunteering to Serve the Community
Mr Lee Wei Yung, a partner of our firm, has been recognised for his volunteer work in his community, the following is an excerpt from a news article written by Shermaine Ang in The Sunday Times on 19 March 2023:
… given a volunteer award on Saturday, along with 76 other people and 54 organisations that have served the North West community. The annual awards are given out by the North West Community Development Council (CDC) to recognise those who have made a difference to residents’ lives.
Mr Lee Wei Yung, a commercial litigation lawyer, also received the award for volunteering with Pro Bono SG and helping North West residents. He said pro bono work, where he offers free legal advice and represents clients on occasion, has allowed him to make a difference in his 15 years of service. He recounted a case of a man who lost his wife to cancer, and had to raise a six-year-old daughter with global developmental delay on his monthly salary of $500. He faced the prospect of going to jail for traffic charges, which would have made him unable to care for his girl. Mr Lee helped him work out a more manageable fine of a few thousand dollars, which he could pay by instalments. The 59-year-old, who worked as a senior officer in the Singapore Police Force before he practised law, said that pro bono work gives him a sense of fulfilment. “You’re doing right. You are serving justice – it’s not just for money,” he said. “I think when we serve people who don’t have the financial means to engage lawyers, it gets the message across, especially to the juniors, that you are in a position to make changes in people’s lives. It’s whether you want to or not.”