Cherie Booth QC launches JLD pro bono awards

Cherie Booth QC officially opened nominations for the Junior Lawyers Division’s (JLD) 11th annual Pro Bono Awards after giving a talk at the College of Law.

Cherie Booth

Cherie Booth

Cherie Booth QC officially opened nominations for the Junior Lawyers Division’s (JLD) 11th annual Pro Bono Awards after giving a talk at the College of Law.

The former prime minister’s wife gave a speech on the subject of gender and the law, which was organised by the Law and Justice Forum, in front of a gathering of students at the college’s Bloomsbury Centre, London, on 28 May.

“This is a subject that I am extremely passionate about because I came into the profession at a time when there were hardly any women practising as barristers. Pro Bono is also extremely important to me and many others and is something I still like to get involved in,” said Booth.

The awards are to recognise associates, trainees and students who have provided free legal services to the community in the UK and abroad, with discretionary cash prizes of up to £1,000 being available to support the pro bono projects of the winners.

Chair of the JLD pro bono awards 2009 Kevin Poulter said: “Their valuable work, which can be life-changing for those they support, is an example of the commitment of the legal profession to the public interest and emphasises its understanding of the importance of access to justice.”

The awards are open to the entire JLD membership, which includes LPC students, trainee solicitors and solicitors of up to five years qualified.

The closing date for nominations is 11 September 2009 and nomination forms can be downloaded from the JLD website juniorlawyers.lawsociety.org.uk.

The awards ceremony will take place on 12 November 2009 during National Pro Bono Week.