University of Leicester Law student wins national award

Posted by ap507 at May 03, 2017 09:44 AM |
Recognition for those ‘committed to enabling access to justice for some of the most vulnerable in society’

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 May 2017

A Law student at the University of Leicester has won a national Pro Bono award for best contribution by an individual student at the annual LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards held at the House of Commons.

Anna McCormack, from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, is a final-year undergraduate student at the Leicester Law School and Chief Officer of the Pro Bono Group.

The awards recognise the dedication and commitment of law schools and law students across the country and the contribution of student pro bono in enabling access to legal advice and representation. The awards ceremony was hosted by His Honour Sir Robin Knowles CBE and the event was attended by over 200 guests.

The Student awards celebrate innovation and excellence in student bono delivery and raise awareness of the valuable contribution of students and law schools committed to enabling access to justice for some of the most vulnerable in society. LawWorks are extremely grateful to Lexis Nexis, who sponsored the awards for the ninth year running, demonstrating a continued commitment to student pro bono.

Anna said:  “I am thrilled to have won the award for Best Contribution by an Individual Student to Pro Bono at the 2017 Student Awards. A special thank you to the staff and the wonderful Pro Bono Committee for putting together my nomination for the award. This award could not have been obtained without the immense dedication and enthusiasm that all members of Pro Bono have shown towards our Projects this year.”

Head of the Leicester Law School Professor François du Bois, added: “We are very proud of the fantastic Pro Bono work which is undertaken by our students. As well as enabling the students to develop their practical legal experience, Pro Bono provides invaluable support to the local community in Leicester.”

Citing Anna’s exceptional achievements, the Awards brochure stated:  “Anna’s leadership of the University of Leicester’s Pro Bono activities has significantly enhanced the impact of the University’s efforts. Anna has successfully increased the number of students participating in Pro Bono from 80 to around 300 in one year, and has also initiated a number of new projects, partnerships and sources of funding.”

Anna works with a Committee of 20 other students, and oversees the running of ten Pro Bono projects which are staffed by 300 student volunteers. Anna successfully oversaw the development of a number of new Pro Bono schemes including Project Light, an innovative collaboration between the Pro Bono Group and the University’s School of Medicine, which aims to support homeless people in Leicester with both their legal and medical needs and a telephone advice service within the University’s  Legal Advice Clinic (“LAC”).

Anna initiated the establishment of a Pro Bono magazine, which has now published two editions and aims to raise awareness of pro bono services. She attained HEAR accreditation for all University of Leicester Pro Bono projects, enabling over 150 student volunteers to receive HEAR accreditation this year. Anna enabled the Pro Bono Group to receive a Gold accreditation from the Students’ Union – one of only ten student societies to receive this recognition and organised a Pro Bono networking evening, as well as a Pro Bono awards evening, both of which were attended by over 200 students, legal professionals and representatives from partner organisations.

She has been proactive in charitable fund raising and also successfully obtaining Students’ Union grants for Pro Bono. In addition, funding has also been secured for joining the CLOCK Project and assisting litigants in person at Leicester courts from 2017 onwards.


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