UEA Law Society win 'Best Pro Bono Activities' at the 2018 Student Law Society Awards
Left to Right: Emily Campbell (Publicity Secretary), Lewis Burgess (Vice President), Mbarak Shakuwe (President), Nina Pasterny (General Secretary)
UEA Law Society were awarded the prize for 'Best Pro Bono Activities' at the LawCareers.Net Student Law Society Awards last night, seeing off competition from Kings College London and the University of Nottingham.
It is the third consecutive year that UEA Law Society have been nominated for the prize and the second time it has been awarded to the committee. This year's award was sponsored by global law firm DLA Piper UK LLP.
The LawCareers.Net Student Law Society Awards brought together students from over twenty universities with recruiters, partners and trainees from eleven sponsor law firms and one Inn of Court for an evening celebrating achievement and networking at the Painters’ Hall in London. This year, UEA Law Society were nominated for a record three awards including 'Best Social Media' (sponsored by Shoosmiths) and 'Best Law Society Overall' (sponsored by Clyde & Co LLP). The Society were represented by Mbarak Shakuwe (President), Lewis Burgess (Vice President), Nina Pasterny (General Secretary) and Emily Campbell (Publicity Secretary).
The Law Clinic at UEA brings together under a single banner an unrivalled range of pro bono opportunities for students, made possible by our ground-breaking partnerships with third sector organisations, and by the support we receive from the local legal profession. There are over ten different pro bono groups that students can get involved with at the UEA Law Clinic and partaking in a pro bono project is an excellent way for students to complement their legal studies. Through these activities, UEA Law students undertake legal research, work with local and national charities, mentor younger children and assist in free legal advice. UEA Law Society’s pro bono work was even recently praised by Lord Howarth during a speech in the House of Lords.
Bethany Wren, communications and events coordinator at LawCareers.Net, commented: “Student law societies are hubs of information and empowerment in which members can develop their knowledge and skills, and support one another to make real progress on their legal career paths. In each and every category this year we were blown away by the wealth of passion, ingenuity and focus that goes into what the nominated societies do”
Huge congratulations to the UEA Law Society and all students involved for their fantastic achievements this year!