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Review of Pro Bono Week 2020

A Year of Pro Bono in Brum, 2nd November 2020

Pro Bono Week this year kicked off with a session on the continuation of pro bono initiatives in Birmingham amidst Covid 19. Host, Mark Taylor, remarked that this session celebrates the work of Birmingham’s “Do Gooding Lawyers”. 


Q&A on Launch of Trainee Hackathon, 2nd November 2020

Aston Law Student, Hemangi Patel, attended a question and answer session where a panel answered any questions people had regarding the Hackathon event. The Birmingham Law Society Hackathon focuses on a specific problem that two charities have in providing their advice service.
The chosen charities are Citizens Advice Birmingham and Central England Law Centre. On the day of the event the participants will be split into teams and will have to come up with solutions to the problem presented.
There were several questions asked. One which stuck out to me, as a student, was: how would we get trainees involved without supervision of qualified lawyers? One possible solution was to organise training sessions to prepare the trainees for the Hackathon.


The use of technology in pro-bono - advantages, pitfalls and lessons learner session, 3rd November 2020

This session was presented by the IBA Pro Bono Committee and the aim of the session was to discuss the importance of considering using technology in the provision of pro bono services,  to understand and learn from others as to what has and has not worked. The session analysed the importance of topics such as crowdfunding, the use of blockchain technology and the digitization of the free legal advice community. 


Students: The Vanguard of Pro Bono, 4th November 2020

One of the most interesting and important themes of Pro Bono Week 2020 was 'Students: The Vanguard of Pro Bono'. The session started with student volunteers from various university law clinics. After they shared their beneficial experience with the audience, the session progressed with some special guests working as professionals in the legal industry. These guests included: Solicitor Chris Lake from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, Former Legal Recruitment Manager Lucy Dolan from Gowling WLG UK and Corporate Partner at Eversheds Sutherland Catherine Eley. The guests shared how their professional experience was benefitted and amplified by undertaking Pro Bono work.


Successes & Failures in Remote Provision of Legal Advice (Covid-19 and beyond), 4th November 2020

This session was on the success and failure in remote provision of legal advice. It was a very interesting session, as it highlighted the positives that have come out of this shift to remote work and whether it is a viable option post Covid-19.


Kenneth B. Clark: a fireside chat, 5th November 2020 held a Virtual Fireside Chat with Kenneth B. Clark, Partner and Chair of Fenwick’s award-winning tax controversy practice and alum of New York University School of Law. He answered  questions put to him by PBS co-founder Aideen Byrne, Kenneth also shared stories and lessons he has learnt from his life in the law, reflecting, in particular, on the value and importance of pro bono to practitioners, the profession and wider society. 

How can trainees get involved with pro bono? 6th November 2020

Pro bono clinics and charities have a higher demand due to the current pandemic, so more people than ever are needed to help in whatever capacity they can. Therefore, the Birmingham Law Society Hackathon is a great way to discuss possible ideas to encourage trainee solicitors to become involved in pro bono work. By trainees becoming more involved with pro bono, it benefits the clients they will be assisting while also benefiting themselves personally and professionally. 

There are many restrictions surrounding trainees and their ability to assist in pro bono work. This is because they are not fully trained lawyers, so they are not allowed to give legal advice without supervision. Therefore, this hackathon was about discussing ideas for trainees to become involved as much as they are legally allowed. There were four groups of trainees and paralegals from different law firms who all thought of different ideas.


Intellectual Property Office training event,  10th October 2018.

We were privileged to have Paul Storer from the Intellectual Property Office join us here at Aston Law School to provide our pro bono students with some valuable intellectual property training. This was the first training event of its kind from the Intellectual Property Office and was a great success. 

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LoveBrum Causes Conference, Millennium Point, Birmingham,  25th October 2018.

Students from the Aston Law Clinic were the opening speakers at the inaugural LoveBrum Causes Conference. They provided 85 attendees with a 30 minute training session on the law around employment status.  We received very positive feedback on their performance. The social enterprises and charities attending showed a great deal of interest in the clinic’s work. 

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Aston Law Clinic Launch,  1st November 2018.

Aston Law Clinic had its official launch on the 1st November. Representatives from organisations the Clinic work with, such as LoveBrum, The Birmingham Peoples Centre and LawWorks came along to help celebrate the Clinic’s success. 

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