Board of Directors and Officers

Wendy Morrish
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President of BABSEACLE, Directors of BABSEACLE FOUNDATION and BABSEACLE AUSTRALIA

Wendy Morrish is co-Director and co-founder of BABSEACLE, where she is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of the BABSEACLE international community/clinical legal education program.The scope of her activities include developing, implementing, managing and sustaining Community Legal Education (CLE) programs in universities and grass-root communities throughout the Asian region. In 2006, after working in the field of business development in the private sector of corporate Australia, where she also worked as an active Justice of the Peace for over 18 years, Ms Morrish focused her energy on the Access to Justice campaign through developing and strengthening CLE programs throughout Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Cambodia and the Philippines while continuing to provide support, guidance and mentoring for the law students at the universities. Currently she has overseen, facilitated and co-trained in numerous workshops and trainings throughout Asia, Australia, USA, UK and Europe.

Tan Cheow Hung
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Director of BABSEACLE.  

Cheow Hung is a director of BABSEACLE. He is also a director of Beacon Law Corporation, a Singapore law practice with a strong pro bono and public interest focus. He is a general litigator with more than 19 years’ experience. An area of law that Cheow Hung is particularly passionate about is Criminal Law; as he believes every man, woman, transgender person, girl or boy deserves representation when accused of a crime; one of the fundamental principles that is the bedrock of the Rule of Law. As such, many of his criminal law cases have been undertaken on a pro bono basis; through referrals from the Pro Bono Services Office under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) or the ADHOC Pro Bono Scheme, or from NGOs like the Humanitarian Organisation for Migrant Economics (HOME).  One of the CLAS trials where he successfully argued for an acquittal was made into an episode of a docu-drama titled, “Verdict”.

In recent years, Cheow Hung also works with National University of Singapore Pro Bono Group as well as NGOs like the (HOME), Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) and Justice Without Borders (JWB) to provide free legal representation to migrant workers facing criminal prosecution or seeking just compensation. Two of such cases were recently the subjects of an episode of a documentary titled “A Fighting Chance” on Channel News Asia, which showcased the work of a few pro bono lawyers pursuing various pro bono causes in Asia.

Cheow Hung has also recently been honoured by the Law Society of Singapore with the Pro Bono Ambassador 2016 Award in recognition of his contributions to the pro bono cause.

He joined the BABSEACLE family after meeting Bruce, Wendy and Yuet Min at a talk and has since been continually inspired by the bridges across borders which we build with each activity we organise or take part in and the wonderful people whom we meet who believe in pro bono publico.

Nick Thomson
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Director of BABSEACLE AUSTRALIA.

Nick has been working at the intersection of law enforcement and HIV for much of the last 12 years in South East Asia through his role as Field Director of Research for Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. During that period Nick completed his PhD on the Public Health and Public Security Implications of Narcotics in South East Asia. He worked with his team to develop multisectoral collaborations between law enforcement agencies and public health actors in order to progress the public health needs of at risk populations including migrants, people who use drugs and prisoners. He worked closely with law enforcement and public security agencies as well as the public health sector and civil society groups from across from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Southern China, Nepal. During this time Nick acted as a Technical Director on AusAID research projects in South East Asia and as an independent consultant for multiple UN, government and non government agencies.

Throughout these experiences, Nick was developing a keen interest in how better to engage law enforcement agencies across multiple issues of public health. Now based between Melbourne and Asia and as a past Director of the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health, he is pursuing the issue of enhancing collaboration between law enforcement and public health through a variety of activities including building an executive leadership course with colleagues from George Washington University for teaching into security agencies various regions including Asia. Nick is involved in the development of a research program that is creating new partnerships with police training academies across Central Asia, Eastern Europe, South East Asia and Australia and the Pacific. Nick maintains a role with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for a range of across Asia as well as a role as Field Director of Research for the AOD Hotspots Project with the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Nick is the series editor of an upcoming Lancet Series titled “The Intersection of Security and Health: Towards Public Health Armies”.

Helen Yandell
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Director of BABSEACLE and BABSEACLE AUSTRALIA.  

Helen has been a Director of BABSEACLE and BABSEACLE Australia for some years. In both roles she has been an active supporter of BABSEACLE’s activities, working alongside BABSEACLE team members in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar to support the work of the legal profession, university law teachers and students, in fostering access to justice. Her current role as a consultant, enables her to spend time in the region, most recently in Myanmar developing legal and rule of law curriculum. She comes to the Board having been Director of Springvale Monash Legal Service, a community legal centre in Melbourne, Australia that operates with the support of Monash University Faculty of Law to run a clinical legal education program. The centre supports marginalised community members to access justice and to ensure decision makers hear the voices of those who are often disproportionally disadvantaged by the legal system. This is often achieved through the many community development activities that Helen, the staff at SMLS and the law students engage in with vulnerable community members. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Helen worked extensively as a teacher, initially in the school system and then in adult education. She has worked with people from a range of cultural backgrounds and with people with disabilities, advocating for their needs in education, accommodation and employment.

Bruce A. Lasky
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Director & Founder of BABSEACLE, BABSEACLE FOUNDATION and BABSEACLE Australia

Bruce A. Lasky, J.D.; LL.M. is the Co-Founder/Director of the not-for-profit organizations Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEACLE) as well as BABSEACLE Australia and BABSEACLE Foundation, where he provides technical and education advisory support for justice education programmes throughout the Asia region. He has over 23 years of work experience in legal aid, clinical legal education and training work. He began his career in 1991 as a practicing criminal legal aid attorney, and Intern Supervisor at the University of Florida, College of Law Clinical Legal Education. He has more than 13 years of experience working in developing countries and countries in transition, implementing education and community empowerment projects, including much of that work focusing on clinical legal education, access to justice and legal aid. He has worked as both an academic and/or as the Director of BABSEACLE with universities in Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Lao PDR, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, the United States and recently in the Maldives, to assist in the development or expansion of clinical legal education programmes. This has included the research and evaluation of such programmes and the offering of evidence-based suggestive CLE advocacy guidance based upon the results. In addition to his current positions referenced above he is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the international not-for-profit community development and child education/protection organization, Sustainable Cambodia and works in this position in a volunteer capacity.

Foo Yuet Min
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Director of BABSEACLE.  

Yuet Min’s interest in pro bono work started when she was an undergraduate. She was one of the founding members of the NUS Pro Bono Group in the National University of Singapore and while doing pro bono work in Cambodia in 2006, she met Bruce Lasky. That started her involvement with BABSEACLE, which she has found to be a very fulfilling and rewarding experience. Outside of BABSEACLE, Yuet Min is a Director in the Dispute Resolution department of Drew & Napier LLC in Singapore. Her main area of work is in international arbitration and arbitration-related litigation. She is also active in the firm’s Charities Committee. She volunteers regularly at legal clinics run by the Law Society of Singapore and has served a number of years on the Executive Committee of the Society of International Law (Singapore). Prior to joining Drew & Napier in 2008, Yuet Min was a Justices’ Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Dr. Christopher Walsh
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Director of BABSEACLE and BABSEACLE AUSTRALIA.  

Dr Chris is a Professor of Education at James Cook University in Australia at the College of Arts, Society and Education (CASE) within the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies. He has worked across diverse contexts in Asia, North America, Europe, The Middle East and Australia.  Dr Chris has been extremely successful in obtaining research income as the lead applicant, co-applicant or co-investigator.  This world-leading research—funded by the European Commission, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Australian Research Council (ARC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The AIDS Research Foundation (amfAR), the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and the Spencer Foundation—totals more than $25 million (AUD). His participation on these projects has resulted in an outstanding, collaborative and on-going record of publications.  He also currently edits Digital Culture & Education (DCE), a peer-reviewed and open-access international journal.  Dr Chris led on the design, data collection and analysis of large teacher professional development projects in Bangladesh and India using ICTs and measuring the impact of introducing university-based CLE projects in Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar.

Kevin Morley
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Vice-President of BABSEACLE.  

Kevin Morley joined the Board of Directors of BABSEACLE at its inception in 2010.

Kevin is an independent education consultant engaged in a number of educational projects in the areas of Language Acquisition. These include materials development and publishing, the design of formal assessment instruments and examinations, workshops and professional development. He was co- editor of Implementing the IB Diploma Programme (Cambridge University Press 2004) and co-author of The English B Course Companion (Oxford University Press 2012), English B Skills and Practice (Oxford University Press 2013). In 2017 he will publish two volumes of English Language Acquisition for the IB Middle Years Programme (Oxford University Press 2017). He is currently producing print and online materials for The English Language Acquisition Diploma Programme Course Companion (Oxford University Press 2018).  For BABSEACLE he has also produced a CLE English Skills and Study guide.

Formally, Kevin was the Head of Gap Year Projects at United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), Singapore, where he had worked from 1992 – 2015. In this capacity he developed volunteer programs for graduating students with NGOs, including BABSEACLE, who share the humanitarian values of the UWCSEA movement. In order to ensure that volunteers have appropriate skills for working in SE Asia, Kevin collaborated with The British Council to develop an English Language Teaching (ELT) course. At UWCSEA Kevin taught International Baccalaureate English B and Language A. In addition he taught and supervised IB students preparing literature examinations in their mother tongue. From 2004 to 2016 he was workshop leader (Language A and B) for the International Baccalaureate Organization (Asia Pacific Region) and ran numerous regional and school-specific workshops on language teaching methodology and assessment.

Kevin worked as an educational consultant to a number of non-profit organizations and institutions in SE Asia and has run workshops in Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines on aspects of education for vulnerable and marginalized young people. Kevin holds a Masters of Education degree from Manchester University (1992). From 1981 to 1992 he worked in multi-ethnic schools in UK where, as head of department, he was responsible for developing teaching collaborative teaching strategies aimed at giving equal access to the National Curriculum to speakers of English as an Additional Language.

Manuel Martinez (Manny)
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Officer of BABSEACLE.

Manny Martinez is an officer at BABSEACLE and as the person in charge of the United States office, he fields calls from people interested in working with or donating to BABSEACLE, as well as files the forms required to maintain BABSEACLE’s tax exempt status. He has been working with BABSEACLE for five years. He lives in Brooklyn where he teaches English.

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