Baker McKenzie’s Taipei office principal, Grace Shao, has won election as president of the Taipei Bar Association.
The Taipei Bar is the largest professional body for lawyers in Taiwan, with members accounting for more than 70% of Taiwan’s practising lawyers.
Its functions are to protect human rights, engineer social reform, provide professional training and champion the public interest.
Shao identified three key directions she will focus on in addition to her campaign platform:
(1) Legal and social reform: advancing amendments to the Attorney Regulation Act, advocating on important social issues;
(2) In-depth exchange initiatives with international professional groups: holding the City Cup Sports Event and Southeast Asia Legal Forum in 2019, promoting legal awareness through increased exchanges with different professional bodies and across sectors; and
(3) Spirit of innovation: launching technology platforms for members, encouraging innovation in both perspectives and practices.