(Apr. 2, 2008) A prime ministerial decision of January 16, 2008, approved a plan for the establishment of a national lawyers' organization in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) and of a steering committee for the SRV's first national lawyers' congress. The Vietnam Lawyers Federation (VLF), which will have legal person status, is a member of the Vietnam Fatherland Front [a broad alliance of SRV socio-political organizations, headed at the central level by leaders of the Central Committee of the SRV Communist Party] and "a socio-professional organization" headquartered in Hanoi that represents lawyers and bar associations nationwide. It will be self-funded by means of membership fees, contributions, and "other lawful revenues," and have its own bank account and seal. (Decision No. 76/2008/QD-TTg: National Lawyers Group Formed, VIETNAM LAW & LEGAL FORUM, Mar. 5, 2008, available at http://news.vnanet.vn/vietnamlaw/Reports.asp?CATEGORY_
ID=3&SUBCATEGORY_ID=8&NEWS_ID=2552; Third Sector Overview: Definitions and Forms, PHILANTHROPY AND THE THIRD SECTOR IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC.) The VLF work bodies include a National Lawyers Congress, National Lawyers Council, Standing Committee, and support apparatus. Both the Congress and the Council have three-year terms. The objectives of the VLF are to:
protect lawful rights and interests of lawyers and bar associations, promulgate and supervise the observance of a code of conduct by professionals, organize regular training courses in legal knowledge and professional skills for lawyers, take part in lawmaking, research and legal dissemination and education, and enter into international cooperation in the legal profession.
(Decision No. 76/2008/QD-TTg: National Lawyers Group Formed, supra.)