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We are pleased to announce the LawWorks Student Pro Bono Conference, supported by Manchester Law School – a must attend event for law students interested in pro bono. If you are a law student, faculty member or involved with a law school clinic this conference will be a great opportunity to learn more about pro bono in all its forms. The conference will showcase a number of different pro bono projects and charities, provide an opportunity to debate the role of pro bono in access to justice and meet with leaders and practitioners in the pro bono field. Our keynote speaker is Edgar Cahn, a pioneer in the clinical legal education movement and distinguished civil rights lawyer from the US. Edgar has five decades of achievements in supporting access to justice and is the inventor of Timebanks. There will also be plenary session panel discussions on pro bono initiatives in Manchester, on and developments in clinical legal education, followed by workshops in the afternoon. Delegates will also have the chance to meet, debate and network with pro bono charities and organisations. Joe EganPresident of the Law Society will close the Conference. Draft agenda 10.00 – Registration opens, plus morning refreshments 10.30 – Welcome from University of Manchester School of Law, and welcome from LawWorks 10.45 – Plenary Panel 1. Pro Bono initiatives and projects in Manchester 11.30 – Keynote Speech by Edgar Cahn, distinguished legal scholar, former counsel and speech writer to Robert F. Kennedy, and the creator of Time Banking 11.50 – 12:15 – Refreshments 12.15 – Plenary Panel 2: New frontiers for student law clinics and clinical legal education 1.00 – Lunch 1.45 – Speech by Lord Bach: ‘A system in crisis’ – Lord Bach is a former Minister in the Ministry of Justice, is the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner and chaired the Commission on Access to Justice (the Bach Commission). tbc 2.10 – Break out sessions workshop 3.30 – Closing Remarks, Joe Egan – President of the Law Society 3.45 – Conference close

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The University of Exeter Law School students will be hosting a silent auction to raise funds for theUniversity of Exeter Community Law Clinic which provides free information and advice clinics in Devon.
How can legal professionals assist NGO’s and redress the balance for those who need access to justice on climate change? How much do we know about the international situation and how aware are we of the role of lawyers in pro bono to protect the planet? The 50th Congress of the FBE (European Bars Federation) will round off National Pro Bono Week on Friday 10th November with the Climate Change Justice Conference. Participants will hear about existing pro bono work, and information about how to get involved in future pro bono.  The conference is hosted by the City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society and the conference fee costs £85.

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18.00 for 18.30 start. Networking reception at 19.45. Edgar Cahn will deliver a special talk during National Pro Bono Week on pro bono and access to justice, and the theme of ‘co-production’ in justice systems and pro bono work. Edgar Cahn is known as the founder of the Timebanking movement; he has had a distinguished career in the USA as a civil rights lawyer, was instrumental in developing the first Federal Legal Aid programme, and has been pioneer in clinical legal education. He continues his work as CEO of TimebanksUSA. Edgar’s life over the last five decades has been devoted to using the law to empower disadvanted communities. His most recent work has been to develop a “co-production model” in modern justice systems – a new framework for social welfare and social justice that turns recipients of service into co-producers of change. Professor Cahn has held positions at the University of Miami School of Law, Florida International University, the London School of Economics, Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University and the University of DC’s David A. Clarke School of Law, where he continues to teach law and justice courses. Co-production is an idea increasingly used in the design of public and community services, described by the New Economics Foundation as “an equal and reciprocal relationship between professionals and people using services” or “a relationship where professionals and citizens share power to plan and deliver support together”

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The Young Barristers’ Committee of the Bar Council and the Bar Pro Bono Unit will be hosting its first ever joint event during National Pro Bono Week this year. The event is an opportunity to an recognise and celebrate young barristers in England and Wales who are committed to pro bono work in 2017. The event programme: 17:30 – Networking reception 18:15 – Welcome speech by Laurent Sykes QC, barrister at Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers 18:30 – Recognition awards’ presentation by Sir Robin Knowles, Judge of the High Court of England and Wales 19:00 – Event concludes

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Annual International Rule of Law lecture 2017


9 November 2017, Middle Temple Hall This lecture series aims to stimulate debate, to inspire lawyers to participate in rule of law related work and to promote greater awareness of the importance of the rule of law. We have been fortunate over the past decade to attract outstanding speakers from across the globe, each with their own perspective on the rule of law and each with their own thoughts on the challenges presented. The Bar Council is delighted to announce that this year’s speaker will be Dr Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran.

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IT’S THE PRO BONO NEWS QUIZ! For this year’s National Pro Bono Week, we invite you to join us for a light-hearted look back at this year’s pro bono news. Our esteemed panellists’ knowledge will be put to the test as we debate and discuss the major pro bono events of the last twelve months. Panellists:
  • Rebecca Wilkinson, Law Society
  • Rob Powell, Weil Gotshal and Manges
  • Sarah Farrelly, Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Sophie Brambley, Linklaters LLP
Your host for the evening will be Stas Kuzmierkiewicz, DLA Piper UK LLP VENUE: DLA Piper offices, 3 Noble Street, London, EC2V 7EE DATE: Wednesday 8 November Welcome drinks from 18.00, event from 18.30 RSVP: Spaces are limited so please RSVP to april.williamson@dlapiper.com  
Plymouth University Law Clinic students are holding general drop-ins for the community of Devonport to assist with legal enquiries. For more information contact Sarah Guy at Plymouth University Law Clinic: sarah.guy@plymouth.ac.uk
Are you doing pro bono work and want to know more about mental health? Join LawCare for a lunchtime twitter chat on Wednesday November 8, 1230-1330. We will be on hand to stimulate your thinking about why mental health matters in the legal community and what support there is if you are concerned about yourself, a colleague or a client.  #lawcarechat No need to preregister, just log on to twitter and find us @LawCareLtd and remember to use #lawcarechat
Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality’s Law Advice Centre, Living Rights and Tackling Discrimination in the East projects open their doors for the whole day to celebrate National Pro Bono Week. Taking bookings for free legal advice on housing, immigration, family, employment and discrimination, as well as a drop-in for anyone seeking advice and information on where to go to get the right advice on a range of issues in Ipswich and Suffolk.
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