We are proud to announce that Ern Phang was awarded the Law Society President’s Award at the 2010 Justice Awards presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW – http://www.lawfoundation.net.au/justice_awards/awards
Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal a property and commercial law firm based in Parramatta. Ern has worked tirelessly to develop a firm culture with a strong focus on community services. Over the years, his small team of lawyers have assisted the Law Society Pro Bono Scheme by providing advise and representation to disadvantaged individuals, and have have supported social enterprises in partnership with the National Pro Bono Resource Centre and Parramatta City Council.
Ern also supports various community and not for profit organisations with legal advice and representation, as well as being a volunteer director. With an interest in good corporate governance, Ern has been the catalyst behind the culture change in several organisations guiding them towards a more self-sustainable model with a focus on improving the social dividend.
“I’m actually quite embarrassed to receive this recognition”, mentioned Ern Phang during a recent interview, “and receiving this award was unexpected. I am extremely humbled to have been chosen. Pro bono services and services to the community in general should be part of our social responsibility as lawyers and it should form a part of practice – I would even encourage the it to be a requirement for registration and renewal to practice. I think if anyone is genuinely interested in their local community, and genuinely interested in the people that make up that community, then they will be passionate and dedicated to add value and to make a positive difference. It can only be a good thing, and there’s nothing wrong with that!”
The 2010 Justice Awards were presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW at the annual Justice Awards dinner at Parliament House, Sydney on 14 October. In their 12th year, the Justice Awards recognise the contributions everyday people are making to improve access to justice in NSW, especially for disadvantaged people.