Omar Madhloom appointed co-Chair of the Bristol Pro Bono Group
27 April 2021
Omar Madhloom, Senior Lecturer in the University of Bristol Law School, supervisor at the Law School’s Law Clinic, and practising solicitor, has been appointed Chair of the Bristol Pro Bono Group together with Rachel Lobley (Simmons & Simmons LLP).
The Bristol Pro Bono Group, of which the University of Bristol is a member, works to promote and enhance pro bono legal support and access to justice.
The group works collaboratively to identify not-for-profit organisations working in the public interest who need legal help and encourages lawyers to work with local universities and community groups to provide free legal advice to individuals who don't have access to legal advice.
Reflecting on his appointment Omar said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of the Bristol Pro Bono Group, together with Rachel Lobley (Simmons & Simmons LLP), and look forward to working with law firms and law centres in Bristol.
This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to social justice, legal ethics, and address the legal challenges faced by vulnerable clients.
This new appointment compliments my existing role as a trustee for Clinical Legal Education Organisation (CLEO), a UK-based charitable organisation aimed at fostering, promoting and developing clinical legal education.”
Omar Madhloom is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol Law School. His passion for combining the academic and the vocational stages of legal training has seen the Law School’s Clinical Legal Studies module evolve to improve the way the students think about, and interact with, clients, further enhancing both their future employability and the service they provide for Clinic clients.
Omar has been instrumental in establishing an innovative new scheme offering pro bono legal support to armed forces veterans that started with the University signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
In September 2020 Omar was appointed a trustee of CLEO (Clinical Legal Education Organisation), a UK-based charitable organisation aimed at fostering, promoting and developing clinical legal education.
The University of Bristol Law Clinic provides students with an opportunity to gain real-life experience of law, offering free legal advice and support to members of the public under the supervision of Law School staff.