Human rights lawyer Pam Baker, a champion of abode seekers, has been honoured with a scholarship in her name by the University of Hong Kong's law faculty. The Pam Baker Scholarship in Human Rights will financially support a local student to complete the Masters of Law (Human Rights) programme at the university. The scholarship aims to 'promote the recognition of human rights and the furtherance of the rule of law in Hong Kong', this month's issue of Hong Kong Lawyer, the Law Society's official journal, reported. Friends and colleagues said yesterday they were thrilled with the scholarship award to Ms Baker - who has alternately been branded 'a saintly Mother Teresa' and 'troublemaker' by different sections of Hong Kong society. 'Pam has a legacy of enabling access to justice for all and bringing human rights theories into practice while sacrificing her own money and time,' said Peter Barnes, a friend and solicitor who has worked with Ms Baker on right-of-abode cases. 'I hope through this, future lawyers will be able to follow in her footsteps.' Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, a friend and the legislator representing the legal sector, said: 'In these times, when people think lawyers are in it for the money, this dedication is certainly fitting to someone who has the spirit of service, the dedication and resilience to leave no stone unturned in serving the community.' Ms Baker, 71, left the SAR last August after she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She is now in South Africa with her daughter's family. Friends describe her as tired but in high spirits. Contributions to the fund-raising effort for the endowment can be made by contacting Clara Chan at the University of Hong Kong's law faculty on 2859 2919.