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> A summary of our National Pro Bono Week event Tuesday, 10th November 2015

The Lawyers in Schools team hosted an event on 5th November 2015 to celebrate National Pro Bono Week. The event was hosted by Weil Gotshal & Manges and included a panel discussion around the topic: “Volunteering in schools: good for business?”

The event opened with a speech from the Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP in which he highlighted the importance of public legal education and the obligation of the legal profession to assist in its delivery. The Solicitor General QC MP said, “I believe that teaching Public Legal Education in our schools and colleges is of vital importance.  It not only allows young people the chance to develop a clear understanding of the law, but also creates a sense of pride in our institutions, of which our legal system is a great example.”

The panel itself was made up of Linda Zell, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Olswang, Carolyn Frame, EA to the General Counsel at BBC Worldwide, Sameer Karimbhai, Legal Counsel at Centrica Energy and James Howell, Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan.  The panel discussed their experience of Lawyers in School, with Carolyn and Linda discussing how Olswang and BBC Worldwide work together to successfully deliver the programme in their partner school and the business development opportunities that have arose as a result. James and Sameer discussed their personal experience of the programme and the skills which they have developed through volunteering in the classroom which are transferable and necessary in their work place.

The Lawyers in Schools team would like to thanks the Solicitor General QC MP, the wonderful panellists, Weil Gotshal & Manges for hosting the event and all the attendees who took the time out of their busy day to discuss this important issue and celebrate National Pro Bono Week 2015 with us.