Its autumn and with the changing weather the Party Conference season is upon us. LawWorks are contributing to discussion and debate events concerning pro bono and access to justice issues at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative party conferences. All the "fringe" programmes events that LawWorks are involved in are being held outside the "secure zones", ie there is open access and you do not need to have a conference pass, accreditation or be a party member to attend. Refreshments are available at the events.
Liberal Democrat Party Conference
September 16th 1-2pm
Rights-Liberties-Justice (Lib Dem Lawyers Association)
Panel discussion: 'Pro Bono - where are we now?'
St. Michael's Road, West Cliff,
Bournemouth BH2 5DU
James Sandbach, LawWorks Director of Policy and External Affairs, will be joining a panel on pro bono discussion organised by the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association. Other panelists will include Nick Hanning and Joyce Aram (CILEX), chaired by Graham Colley (LDLA Chair).
Labour Party Conference
September 25th 12.30-2pm
'The Right to Justice: The launch of the Bach Commission report'
Holiday Inn - Brighton Seafront
James Sandbach will also be speaking at the launch of the final report of the Commission on Access to Justice chaired by Lord Bach. James is Special Adviser to the Commission, work he has undertaken in a personal capacity. Other speakers at the launch event, which will be chaired by Lord Bach, will include a shadow Justice Minister, a speaker from the Society of Labour Lawyers - and Carol Storer from the Legal Aid Practitioners Group and Henry Brooke, a retired judge, both of whom are Commissioners. The event is being organised by the Fabian Society.
Conservative Party Conference
October 2nd – 5-6pm
APPG on Pro Bono and Public Legal Education
'The role of Pro Bono - making the shared society more than a slogan'
Mills & Reeve
1 New York Street,
Manchester M1 4AD
With the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)* on Pro Bono and Public Legal Education, LawWorks are holding a discussion event with the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, on the contribution that pro bono can make to what the Prime Minister has called the "shared society." Panelists will also look at some examples of pro bono in practice in Manchester; the panel includes Lord Low, Lucy Wildig from BPP, Clare Johnson, Head of Clinics Support & Development at LawWorks, and Jon Hainey, President of Manchester Law Society. The event will be chaired by Alex Chalk MP, Chair of the APPG.
*LawWorks provide the Secretariat to the APPG