Pro Bono Society recognised in LawCareers.Net 2021 Awards

Shortlisting for ‘Best Pro Bono Activities’ is a recognition of the work and community support that our 12 Pro Bono Society's provide.
Pro Bono Society recognised in LawCareers.Net 2021 Awards

Leicester Law School

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic our Pro Bono groups had to find new ways of working. Recognition of that work by LawCareers.Net is a reward to the 230 students involved this academic year. Highlights include:
  • The Amicus Team completed research into over 150 cases of potential injustice related to Death Row. This project has raised over £1,000 for Amicus in the USA.
  • Lawyers Without Borders Student Division continued legal research and fundraising activities. Highlights included the Human Rights Quiz Night, a virtual magic show and a discussion examining Human Rights and the Pandemic.
  • Miscarriages of Justice project collaborated with The Amicus Team and Lawyers Without Borders discussing Prisoners’ Rights and took part in the ‘Justice Week’ event about ‘Justice and COVID-19’.
  • Project Light raised awareness about rights surrounding homelessness by distributing informative leaflets to improve legal literacy of occupants and users at local shelters.
  • Lawyers and medics collaborated on fundraising for shelters and educated each about the legal and medical elements of homelessness.
  • The Insight Project trained aspiring barristers at a London school to prepare for a competition. The remote training included mooting, careers insights and debates about access to justice. They also contributed to the Pro Bono blog.
  • The Legal Advice Clinic continued to support the local community by advising clients about contract-based problems, consumer rights, family and relationship problems, housing and employment disputes.
  • The Street Law group have produced YouTube presentations about topics such as Defamation, and the Gender Pay Gap. They have created ‘The Plug’ initiative to provide information to a diverse range 11-13 year old students interested in a legal career.
  • The Immigration and Asylum Project supported refugees and worked with the New Evidence Research Team (NEST), a voluntary group of researchers affiliated to the City of Sanctuary. They help asylum seekers put together convincing accounts of what happened to them and search for credible evidence.
  • Our new project for 2020-21, the Windrush Compensation Project have started their social media campaign ’31 Days of Windrush’ to educate and raise awareness of the injustice of the Windrush scandal.
  • The new Global Justice and Forensic Science project is a collaboration with the School of Criminology. They have supported Jessica Ritchie from Criminology researching the forensic evidence in Kenya for sexual assault survivors.
  • The Climate Crisis Project has just launched to raise awareness about the climate crisis. They will hold the Law School, the University, local government and other organisations to account.

Find out more about the University of Leicester Probono Society.

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