Pro Bono Society President wins another National Award Nomination for Leicester Law School Pro Bono

Sonia Gandhi, final year law undergraduate and President of the Pro Bono Society has been shortlisted for a prestigious LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Award.
Pro Bono Society President wins another National Award Nomination for Leicester Law School Pro Bono

Sonia Gandhi

Supported by the Attorney General, the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards celebrate the best pro bono (free legal volunteering) activities undertaken by law students and law schools around the country.

Sonia has been shortlisted for the “Best Contribution by an Individual Student” Award. This recognises her hard work during the past year, overseeing the Law School’s pro bono activities. She both encouraged students to participate in pro bono activities and supported their activities during the challenging conditions set by the pandemic.
Sonia was nominated for her effective organisation and leadership, helping the pro bono projects to reimagine their activities during the pandemic. She has been instrumental in developing and recruiting for three new projects (Windrush Compensation, Climate Crisis  and a further research project) meaning more students can take part, in a wider variety of activities.

Sonia has used her platform as President to initiate change within the Pro Bono Society focused on equality, diversity and inclusion, to improve student experience and the Society’s efficacy. Changes include the introduction of blind applications , use of preferred pronouns, unconscious bias training for interviewers, and diverse interview panels. She has led the way in promoting wellbeing amongst our students, promoting an authentic conversation within the Society, and recruiting a new wellbeing officer.

The Law School is proud of what our pro bono students have achieved this year, led by Sonia as President, particularly in the face of such adversity during the pandemic. 
Whilst we are disappointed to miss out on an awards celebration at the Houses of Parliament this year, we look forward to attending the virtual awards ceremony on 12 May.

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