Next Law Society council put to the vote

Next Law Society council put to the vote

Tuesday's Law Society elections for council members are a story of two extremes.

There are three posts up for grabs in the category for senior lawyers - practitioners with more than 12 years of experience - and six candidates vying to take them.

But there have been no volunteers for the three posts in the middle category, for lawyers who have served seven to 12 years.

These are mostly lawyers in their early to mid-30s who are still establishing themselves and may not have time to fulfil the extra role. The lack of interest will see the society appoint members to the positions.

According to its 2013 annual report, there are 2,444 lawyers in the senior category but only 388 lawyers in the middle one.

In the junior category, for lawyers who have served less than seven years, there are four candidates for the three positions.

All 4,486 lawyers in Singapore are members of the society.

The outcome of the vote, will be seen as a verdict on its current president Lok Vi Ming, who is one of two heavyweight senior lawyers up for direct election, with vice-president Thio Shen Yi.

Senior Counsel Lok has served as president in the past year after being appointed by the society's council to replace Senior Counsel Wong Meng Meng, who stepped down last year.

His election agenda tells how he wants to continue the society's outreach to its members through various programmes, as well as to the community, through "sustainable" pro bono initiatives. He also wants to foster deeper integration of local and foreign lawyers.

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