Nominations open for Attorney General’s student pro bono awards

Pro bono charity LawWorks has made a nationwide appeal for nominations for its fourth annual Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards ceremony.

The event has been designed to recognise students and law schools that have made an exceptional contribution to pro bono work in the UK and abroad.

As an added bonus to being publicly recognised for their work, winners will get the chance to meet the Attorney General Baroness Scotland who will present them with their awards at the ceremony at the House of Lords on 31 March 2010.

The following prize categories are open for nominations: Best Contribution by an Individual Student; Best Contribution by a Law School; Best Contribution by a Team of Students; and Best Pro Bono Activity.

Last year College of Law (CoL) student Camilla Graham-Wood scooped the Best Contribution by an Individual Student prize and University of Nottingham Pro Bono Society won the Best Contribution by a Team of Students gong.

University of Strathclyde, meanwhile, scooped the award for Best Contribution by a Law School.
Finally, Birmingham TUC Centre for the Unemployed run by the CoL in Birmingham topped Best New Pro Bono Activity beating off fierce competition from Northumbria University with its Small Business Clinic.

The Access to Justice Foundation has created a new prize to be awarded for the first time at the ceremony but LawWorks has said that further details of this will not be distributed until early December. 

The awards are open to all students and law schools and the winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges. The closing date for nominations is 29 January 2009 and nomination forms can be downloaded from the LawWorks website www.lawworks.org.uk.

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