Raising awareness for access to justice becomes a walk in the park at BABSEA CLE and CLE Foundation’s 6th Trio For Justice on Saturday, 10 January 2015. We now open online registration for our flagship awareness raising and fundraising event. The proceeds support the work CLE Foundation and our partners do with universities to establish and support legal clinics in Thailand, as well as BABSEA CLE’s projects supporting university-based and community-based legal clinics throughout the region — working on issues of land law and sustainable development, the rights of stateless persons, rights of persons with HIV, migrant worker rights, prisoners’ rights, juvenile justice, access to health care, and the rights of transgender people and sex workers.
The Trio For Justice comprises a half-marathon, a 10K and 5K run/walk as well as a 3K fun run/walk. In 2015 we will be combining the Trio For Justice with the popular Access to Justice Public Interest Fair (A2J).
The Access to Justice Fair offers various organisations and foundations in the Southeast Asian region the opportunity to share their experiences and efforts in furthering access to justice. The A2J Fair is a way for like-minded organisations to come together in their shared objectives, of creating awareness about social issues faced by marginalized groups. In previous years, the A2J Fair included attendees from organisations such as International Thai Foundation (ITF), United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), International Justice Mission (IJM), and the University of Phayao, to name a few. This is a great opportunity for all participants to network and exchange thoughts on social justice topics.
In the evening, the Access to Justice Celebration Dinner will round off an exciting day. In previous years the dinner has been a pre-Trio event, however this year, CLE Foundation has decided to make it a dinner to celebrate both the Trio For Justice and A2J Fair to give all participants a chance to deepen connections with each other and replenish after great accomplishments. The dinner will be held at the BABSEA CLE Volunteer House at 8 Soi 6, T Suandok, T Suthep where a buffet and drinks await the guests. There is an option to sign up for the dinner when registering for the Trio For Justice.
Join us, our partners and our sponsors in raising awareness and funds for access to justice by participating in the popular run/walk family event to benefit community trainings and clinical legal education for law students. Register NOW and get the early-bird discount!
The 5th Trio For Justice took place on the 12th of January 2014 in Huey Tueng Tao Park in Chiang Mai to raise funds to support clinical legal education and community empowerment initiatives.
Photos from the event are online and available for download, for a nominal donation here.
On 12 January 2014 over 400 runners, walkers and volunteers from all corners of the world took part in a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K run/walk as well as a 3K fun run/walk. These events make up the Trio For Justice, a family-friendly event that is now in its fifth year and hosted by the not-for-profit access to justice and legal education organization, Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE) and CLE Foundation.
The 5th Trio For Justice was attended by many of BABSEA CLE’s and CLE Foundation’s partners, sponsors, volunteers and members of the general public from Thailand as well as international participants coming in from as far away as Australia, the USA, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Canada, to name a few. Some of the sponsors present were Herbert Smith Freehills, International Thai Foundation, Tai Tais Without Borders and Chiang Mai Lanna Business Service.
This years Trio For Justice raised over 710,000 Baht (US$ 24,500), which will go towards funding BABSEA CLE and CLE Foundation’s many projects, and those of their partners, aimed at widening access to justice and supporting the development of justice/clinical legal education in the region.
Thip Nouansyvong, the BABSEA CLE Laos National Coordinator and lawyer with the Faculty of Law and Political Science CLE program, said “I was very excited to bring over 5 lecturers and 5 students from Laos to be part of the events. This is such a wonderful experience for both me and my team, allowing us to make connections with other law lecturers and law students in different countries. In addition, this is such a great experience for law lecturers and law students to learn about fundraising and how to communicate with the people and partners who supported them to attend the event and we definitely plan on attending this event next year too”
The 5th Trio For Justice was an all-inclusive fun event for runners, walkers and volunteers however, there were some excellent achievements and times recorded in each of the events. The winner of the Half Marathon was Corona Leibner with a time of 1.39.06, Patrick Henry came first in the 10K with a time of 00.51.05 and John Kosihish came first in the 5K in 0.24.38.
The 5th Trio For Justice was attended by people of all ages and nationalities, including many students from local schools as well as a group of students from the Northern School for the Blind under the Patronage of the Queen. Before each of the runs we held a warm up aerobics class which everyone got involved with and the runs were followed by a raffle and a quiz about the work of BABSEA CLE and its partners as well as the meaning of access to justice and legal education.
Lindsay Ernst from Hong Kong University and one of the Tai Tais Without Borders said ‘The Trio For Justice is the perfect mix of excitement, adventure, fun, passion and happiness. Life is good when you are fighting for justice on a runner’s high!’
Tracy Kahn, also from Tai Tais Without Borders, said of the 5th Trio For Justice: ‘ It was a very “happy” run — even after 21K, we crossed the finish line smiling, and carried the spirit with us back to Hong Kong. Members of our team have participated in races throughout Asia, and so far, the Trio is our favourite!’
The 5th Trio For Justice was preceded by the Pre Trio Dinner held at the BABSEA CLE house the night before the run. The dinner offered an opportunity to meet other runners, become familiarized with both BABSEA CLE and CLE Foundation, and the Trio For Justice, as well as providing a hearty meal in preparation for the next days running and walking. The dinner was fully organized and run by volunteers and team members from both BABSEA CLE and CLE Foundation, with help from women from the local Myanmar temple Wat Sai Moon. There were cultural performances, speeches from partners and presentations about some of the projects BABSEA CLE and CLE Foundation are involved in.
Dickson Lau from Singapore said, “The 5th Trio For Justice fundraising event was a thoroughly enjoyable and meaningful affair. Before the actual run, we had a fantastic dinner with cultural performances and wonderful interactions. The run itself was held in a scenic park; one of the most beautiful locations I have ever run in! The event was well organized with a breakfast stand, lucky draw and even a massage booth. We definitely went back to Singapore feeling enriched from our meeting and interacting with like-minded people passionate about access to justice issues.”
Bruce Lasky, Co-Founder and Co-Director of BABSEA CLE and CLE Foundation, who has participated in all five Trio half marathon events, and recently completed the New York Marathon, has been impressed with the development of the Trio. “The event has been getting bigger and better every year: it is a lot of fun for all involved. It allows us to have conversations with many people in the community about our work and talk about the importance of promoting access to justice and strengthening legal education which supports such access.”
The Trio For Justice is one of forerunner events in the fundraising calendar of BABSEA CLE and CLE Foundation. It also helps to create significant awareness and promote dialogue about many of the social justice issues that the two organizations deal with on a daily basis. BABSEA CLE and CLE Foundation partner with civil society, government, businesses, law firms and university partners to improve the quality of legal education throughout the Southeast Asia region. They also conduct various community teaching sessions and outreach programmes to directly assist disenfranchised people to become aware of and protect their rights.
Photos from the event are online and available for download, for a nominal fee here. If you didn’t get a chance to purchase merchandise on the day and would like to buy a Trio For Justice t-shirt, reusable cup, calendar, postcard or badge, feel free to come to our office any weekday from 9am to 5pm or send us an email with your request.
We had participants from the following countries: