updated on 26 March 2013
The attorney general, Dominic Grieve QC MP, once again hosted the annual LawWorks & Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards at the House of Commons. At a glittering ceremony yesterday (25 March 2013), the awards celebrated the outstanding achievements of law students in the field of pro bono.
Grieve commented that pro bono must not be used to replace ever-diminishing government funded legal aid, but that recognising the "fantastic work done by students and law schools in providing pro bono work" is essential. He went on: "It is impressive to see, so early on in their career, the commitment of these students to providing access to justice for all."
The winners were as follows:
Nick Fluck, vice-president of the Law Society, sat on the panel of four judges, along with Tom Laidlaw, head of academic and public sector marketing at LexisNexis (the event's sponsor), retired senior lecturer and lawyer Robin Porter, and LawCareers.Net's very own editor, Isla Grant. Fluck said that he was impressed by the quality of work undertaken by the nominees: "Students and law schools show great dedication to pro bono and I have been inspired by my involvement in judging the awards. The LawWorks Students Project, which the Law Society is proud to support, is an important symbol of the profession’s continuing commitment to pro bono."
For the full list of shortlisted nominees, got to the LawWorks website.