Supported by the Attorney General, the LawWorks awards celebrate the best pro bono activities undertaken by law students and law schools and the positive impact on those assisted. The awards incorporate the Access to Justice Foundation award for an educational body or student which has made a significant contribution to promoting access to justice and a presentation to the winners of the Advocate and LawWorks Law School Challenge 2019 – 2020.
The shortlist for the National LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2020 has been announced, and the School of Law (Leeds University) has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Contribution by a Law School’ category.
This is an extremely competitive category, taking account of e.g. the number of projects, the number of students involved, the impact the students have within the community, the extent to which the projects involve collaborations outside of the School, and the extent to which the pro bono work is supported by the School with finances and staff.
Our nomination related to all eight of the School’s Community Engagement projects, of course including our Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) programme. The winner will be announced next month.
‘To be finalists in these prestigious awards is testimony to the hard work of everyone involved in the Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) programme. This includes the Cereba in-house research team, our team at the School of Law and our wonderful and dedicated student volunteeer researchers. However, none of this work would have been possible without the financial support and trust in our work of Cerebra’s valued members. This is a joint achievement. Its accomplishment at such a difficult time inspires us to redouble our efforts to ensure that disabled children and their families’ have ‘hassle-free’ access to the support they need – when they need it” (Professor Luke Clements and Dr Ana Laura Aiello).
The LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards are kindly sponsored by LexisNexis.