We had a great turnout from the legal sector in Bristol who met twelve of the organisations being funded by the Foundation as well as staff and Governors. We hope to be able to confirm shortly a Justice First Fellow for Bristol. This is our scheme to support the next generation of social welfare lawyers.
Her Honour Susan Darwall Smith, Deputy Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol speaking at the event, paid tribute to the "interesting and innovative" work being funded by the Foundation and the scale of what had been achieved in the short time since the Foundation's launch.
Justice First Fellowship coverage in The Times
March 17, 2015
The Times' legal reporter, Edward Fennell, wrote an article "Legal Education Foundation starts to make an impact" on 27 February 2015. His article focusses on the Foundation's Justice First Fellowship scheme which aims to address the social welfare lawyer training contract shortage by funding eight Fellows for a fully-paid, two-year training contract with various social welfare host organisations around the UK. The article mentions that LEF hopes commercial law firms will buddy up with clients to sponsor more Fellows which will, over time, improve citizens' access to, and understanding of, the law.
The full article can be found in the Law Central blog on The Times website, but is behind their paywall.