Events: The Fight for Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change

The Fight for Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change

Location: London

Address: BPP Law School
Waterloo

Start date: March 3 2018

This conference is now fully booked.

A conference to inform and inspire the social welfare lawyers of the future, build a network of like-minded junior lawyers, and bring together those committed to working in the areas of law traditionally funded by legal aid. The event offers: 

  • Practical advice on practising in social welfare law and legal aid and the beginnings of a network of future legal aid lawyers committed to social justice
  • Careers advice and support with a view to increasing diversity and social mobility within the profession
  • Knowledge and experience to improve responses to further threats to legal aid 

The event is organised by Justice First Fellows (JFF) and Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL), with the kind support of the Legal Education Foundation (LEF), BPP Law School and Allen and Overy.  Those booking and travelling from outside London will be able to reclaim up to £50 travel expenses after attending the conference, subject to the production of receipts.  The event carries 4 CPD/BSB.

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Tickets to the conference are priced at £10 incl. vat.

This conference is now fully booked.

Programme of events 

 

 

9.30am – 10.00am: Registration

10.00 am – 10.30am: Opening keynote - Louise Christian

10.30am – 11.30am: Using the law to effect social change
Dr Laura Janes, founder YLAL, legal director Howard League and Chair of Legal Action group
Jacqui Kinghan, University College London (UCL)
More speakers tbc

11.30am – 12.00pm: Coffee break

12.00pm –1.00pm: First breakout sessions

1. Legal snapshot
Chair: Katherine Barnes, Francis Taylor Building 
Connor Johnston, Garden Court Chambers
Jelia Sane, Doughty Street Chambers
Rowan Smith, Leigh Day

2. Practical introduction to legal aid and Exceptional Case Funding (ECF)
Katy Watts, Public Law Project
More speakers TBC

3. Campaigning
Chair: Oliver Carter, Irwin Mitchell
Rachel Logan, Amnesty
Fiona Bawden, Act for the Act
Natasha Holcroft-Emmes, RightsInfo

4. Self care for lawyers

Joanna Fleck, Claiming Space
Elizabeth Rimmer, LawCare

1pm – 1.45pm Lunch and yoga

Yoga and mindfulness session to try out ways to relax or energise that you can fit into your day at work or home.

1.45pm – 2.45pm Second breakout sessions

1. Legal snapshot
Chair: Katherine Barnes, Francis Taylor Building 
Connor Johnston, Garden Court Chambers
Jelia Sane, Doughty Street Chambers
Rowan Smith, Leigh Day

2. Becoming a social justice lawyer

Chair: Heather Thomas, Creighton & Partners
Tara Mulcair, Birnberg Peirce
Azma Nizami, One Pump Court
Karlyne Oakes, Creighton & Partners
Jane Pritchard, TV Edwards

3. Strategic litigation

Chair: Sophie Earnshaw, North Kensington Law Centre 

Mike Spencer, Monckton Chambers

Catherine Casserley, Cloisters

Rosa Curling, Leigh Day

4. How to build a project

Siobhan Poll, Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit
Barbara Likulunga, Avon and Bristol Law Centre
Quazim Khan, Greenwich Housing Rights

2.45pm – 3.45pm Third breakout sessions

1. Using international law in a domestic context
Katherine Barnes, Francis Taylor Buildings
Dan Squires QC, Matrix Chambers
Sue Willman, Deighton Pierce Glynn

2. Practical introduction to legal aid and Exceptional Case Funding
Katy Watts, Public Law Project

3. Becoming a social justice lawyer

Chair: Heather Thomas, Creighton & Partners
Tara Mulcair, Birnberg Peirce
Azma Nizami, One Pump Court
Karlyne Oakes, Creighton & Partners
Jane Pritchard, TV Edwards


4. Building a network
Emily McFadden, Bold Burden Kemp
Dr Diahanne Rhiney 

3.45pm – 4.15pm Closing keynote 
Martha Spurrier, Liberty 

4.15pm Drinks reception

    

 

 

Chair: Sophie Earnshaw, North Kensington Law Centre

Mike Spencer, Monckton Chambers

Catherine Casserley, Cloisters

Rosa Curling, Leigh Day