The Litigant in Person Network is an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice. Coordinated by the Litigant in Person Support Strategy, and supported by The Legal Education Foundation, the network is a place for interested professionals to share, discuss and collaborate across sectors on issues relating to both actual and potential Litigants in Person (LiPs).
The website is hoping to go live in March 2017.
In the meantime, you can read more about it in this article on the Legal Voice website.
Support for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards
February 21, 2017
We are pleased to continue our support for these annual awards. 2017 will represent the third year that we sponsor the "Access to Justice through IT" award.
Previous winners of this award:
Courtnav (Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau & Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) www.courtnav.org.uk (2015)
Funding from the Foundation and human rights charity A B Charitable Trust will support a full-time supervising solicitor, enabling the Law Centre to become a fully-fledged law centre member of the Law Centres Network, another of the Foundation's grantees.
First Cohort of Justice First Fellows Qualify
February 3, 2017
The initial group of nine Fellows, who joined the Fellowship scheme in its first year, have completed their training and qualified as solicitors.
"I would like to congratulate all the Fellows on completing their training - and for helping us pioneer the Justice First Fellowship. It is thanks to them and their host organisations that the scheme has exceeded our expectations, and is well on track to creating the social welfare law leaders of thefuture." The Foundation's chief executive, Matthew Smerdon
The first nine Fellows to qualify as solicitors are:
Melissa Darnbrough (Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit)
Deidre Flanigan (Govan Law Centre)
Fanny Forest (Coventry Law Centre) 1
Maryam Hussain (Deighton Pierce Glynn)
Nadia Hussain (Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit)
Helen Roberts (Speakeasy Advice Centre) 2
Debra Robinson (Staffordshire North and Stoke on Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux)
Amber Rowsell (Coram Children's Legal Centre)
Katy Watts (Public Law Project)
1 Fanny Forest is on a part-time training contract, and is due to qualify in July 2017
2 Helen Roberts qualified in June 2016, as the start of her training contract predated the formal launch of the Fellowship scheme
"To us, the fellowship scheme felt like a ray of hope, coming at a time of legal aid cuts and closures in the advice sector. The financial contribution is important - without it, we would never have been able to find the money for a new post - but it's more than that. It is about optimism, and investing in the future and saying 'We are not done yet'." Denise McDowell, director of Greater Manchester Immigration Unit, host to two of the inaugural Fellows
Five Million hits on Human Rights Video in First Five Days
February 1, 2017
The Legal Education Foundation has funded RightsInfo to develop an online human rights news source aimed at improving understanding of human rights laws.
As of today, RightsInfo’s latest video, on human rights and Holocaust Memorial Day, has passed five million views five days after posting. It has also been shared over 200,000 times and been seen on the newsfeeds of over 16 million people, and counting...