Cherie Booth QC opened the nominations for the 11th Law Society Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) Pro Bono Awards last night at a packed out College of Law, praising the outstanding pro-bono commitments of junior lawyers.
The awards are open to students, trainee solicitors and solicitors up to 5 years qualified involved in pro-bono initiatives.
Cherie Booth addressed a lecture theatre at the College of Law's Bloomsbury Centre on the issue of women in the profession
Cherie Booth addressed a crammed lecture theatre at the College of Law's Bloomsbury Centre on the issue of women in the profession, at an event organised by students Kerenza Davis and Susanna Spencer for the College's Law and Justice Forum. Cherie talked about her own experiences as a lawyer and highlighting how more needs to be done to achieve equality in the legal profession.
After responding to questions from the audience, Cherie Booth announced the opening of the JLD Pro Bono Awards nominations.
Cherie Booth announced the opening of the JLD Pro Bono Awards nominations.
She said: “I have always been involved in pro-bono work myself and encourage others to take on pro-bono commitments. This work is essential for many people in need of legal advice and representation. From the lawyer’s viewpoint, you cannot beat pro-bono work as a way of gaining valuable experience as a junior lawyer."
Kevin Poulter, Chair of the JLD Pro Bono Awards, said:
“Perhaps now more than ever, with so many people affected by the downturn, the pro bono services provided by junior lawyers and the whole profession are even more essential to ensure true access to justice. These awards continue to recognise the valuable work being undertaken by individuals committed to providing pro bono advice and will hopefully play a part in encouraging others to get involved and do whatever they can in their communities."
Cherie Booth’s speech was part of the Law and Justice Forum’s programme of discussions and drew in a large audience, who were eager to ask the QC questions on the issue of gender and the law.
Susanna Spencer, Law and Justice Forum Events Organiser, said: “We are delighted with the popularity and success of this event and are so grateful to Cherie Booth for agreeing to speak. I was particularly interested by the idea raised by Cherie that it is unhelpful when successful women lawyers consider that because they have achieved their career goals, the battle for gender equality has been won. On the contrary, it is still necessary for these women to be aware of gender issues and support other female lawyers."
To enter the awards, visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/awards.