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Friday, 25 March 2011

1st KL Bar Young Lawyers Committee Meeting of 2011/2012

19 March 2011, Saturday – The Kuala Lumpur Bar Young Lawyers Committee (“KLYLC”) held their first meeting for the term 2011/2012 at the KL Bar Auditorium. Despite an unusual cold and rainy Saturday morning (an ideal condition to sleep in), the meeting nonetheless attracted approximately 70 very excited, enthusiastic and energetic young lawyers including one who was only in her 6th day of pupillage!

After some light refreshments which included coffee and sandwiches, the meeting began with a brief welcome address by Chair of the Committee, Kenneth Wong Poh Lim followed by an ice-breaker session led by Yohendra Nadarajan and Deputy Chair of the Committee, Daniel Albert. The pink KL YLC T-shirt was made into a “ball” and tossed around between members, whereby he/she gives a brief introduction and to say something special about themselves if they caught the ‘ball’. The KLYLC is indeed very special as we had a Spanish dancer, a Rabbit, plenty of rowdy football fans and one who claims he walks like a duck.

After things got off to a great start, Kenneth Wong unveiled a slide presentation on ideas of what is to come for the KLYLC in 2011/2012, which inter alia, included the creation of sub units i.e. YL Empower, Heartz YL, YL Connectz , YL.net and YL Helpdesk. The crowd was not only attracted to the very colourful and animated presentation but also to its background music from the hippest album out there i.e. Radio Demokratika, an album produced and created by lawyers!

Immediately after the presentation, the respective sub unit heads provided a brief explanation and introduction on their respective units. The meeting then continued with prolific figure of the Bar, Edmund Bon sharing his vast experience as a young lawyer not too long ago. The inspirational speaker ensured that his sharing included key words such as ‘collate, mobilise, empower, free your mind, gatekeeper etc’.

After a short 10 minutes break, members were split into 3 groups for a brainstorming session on ideas and aspirations for the KLYLC. At approximately 1.00pm, the group discussion ended to make way for a final sharing session. Chair of the Committee invited newly elected member of the Bar Council, Richard Wee who gave invaluable advice and pointers to the new blood of the legal profession. He inspired the crowd with quotes such as, ‘Young lawyers don’t do. They represent’ and ‘You are the common law’.

The crowd was also fortunate to have newly elected Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) Chairman, Brendan Navin Siva and KLBC Representative to the Bar Council, HR Dipendra giving their practical advice to young lawyers of today. The meeting ended at approximately 1.45pm. Till then, we hope to see more young lawyers joining us for the 2nd KLYLC meeting at BukitGambang Resort City for a meeting cum retreat in April 2011!

A joint web report prepared by Joanne Leong, edited by Johnson Lim.

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