Law Clinic shortlisted for Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic Award
Press release issued: 1 November 2018
The University of Bristol Law Clinic has been shortlisted for ‘Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic Award’ within the 2018 Annual LawWorks Pro Bono Awards, which celebrate achievements made in enabling access to justice and the supporting of individuals, communities and not-for-profit organisation through legal pro bono work.
On 31 October Lawworks, the Solicitors Pro Bono Group, announced its shortlist for the 2018 Annual Pro Bono Awards.
The Awards shortlist “gives a snapshot of the contribution that the firms, individual lawyers and pro bono clinics make to access to justice in an increasingly challenging environment for the justice system. The finalists represent the breadth and range of pro bono activity undertaken by LawWorks members and others in England and Wales.”
The Law Clinic provides students with an opportunity to gain a real-life experience of law, offering free legal advice and support to members of the public under the supervision of Law School staff.
2017/18 saw our Law Clinic students winning awards for their pro-bono activities, in particular securing the accolade of Team of the Year for their Litigants in Person (LiP) service project - a service that recently was the focus of a BBC Inside Out West feature, in which Law Clinic Director John Peake was interviewed.
Commenting on the shortlist news, John said:
"We are delighted to be nominated. It is a recognition of the significant contribution made by our students in providing a very important service to the local community."
The 2018 Annual Pro Bono Awards winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and reception at the Law Society on 3 December 2018.
To celebrate Pro Bono Week (22-27 November 2018), an annual occasion to recognise the valuable voluntary contributions of lawyers giving free legal aid to those in need, we featured a series of interviews with recent graduates to hear about their voluntary work stories:
- Q&A with Bethane Harland, former Student Director of the University of Bristol Law Clinic
- Q&A with International Relations LLM Pathway graduate Emily Littlehales, former team leader for the Human Rights Law Clinic (HRLC),
- Q&A with Lana Murphy, former Law Clinic team member and Legal Advisor
- Q&A with Kristina MacPherson, former Law Clinic team member