Essex Law Clinic Updates: Summer Term 2020

New Student Directors announced

Update by Clinic Director, Professor Donald Nicolson.

We have appointed two new Student Directors for next year – Sam Howlett and Mariya Hoque – as well as Megan Green as a Deputy Student Director who will also help with organising training. I am sure you will join with me in wishing them good luck for the next year and also in thanking Catherine Duggan and Lauren Tavner. The latter have done a remarkable job in leading the Clinic for the last two years, both by example in terms of their massive caseloads and project work, and equally importantly in their strategic leadership in spearheading and implementing our new management and membership structure. We all owe them a massive debt. They will stay in post until graduation and after that we hope to keep regular contact with them to see how they are getting on with their new (no doubt far more relaxed) lives.

LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards

Jade Hunt.

Student and Gold member of the Clinc, Jade Hunt has been shortlisted for the LawWorks & Attorney General Student Awards 2020 in the category of ‘best contribution by an individual’ for her work in the University of Essex Law Clinic. We are extremely proud of Jade and it’s a great achievement for her and for the Law Clinic to have a student shortlisted for the second year running!

We wish her the best of luck for the announcement of the winner on the 13 May 2020. Well done Jade! 

UPDATE: Congratulations to Jade Hunt, who was announced as runner-up in the Best Contribution by an Individual category at the prestigious LawWorks & Attorney General Student Awards. Read more about Jade’s work at Essex Law Clinic.

First case at the Virtual Clinic

Update by Emma Newton.

In light of the current pandemic, it is vital for us here at the Law Clinic to consider the ways we can adapt the clinic to still aid clients in the best way possible. As it was stated last week, the Law Clinic is now virtual and on Tuesday 7th April, we had our first client. 

The client’s issues surrounded their rights to furlough pay and their current housing. To support the client, we held their interview via Zoom with the help of pro-bono lawyer Tony Fisher. The interview was led by Tony and both Kati and I were there to shadow and take notes. After the meeting, we drafted an attendance note to highlight the points that were raised.

Having the opportunity to shadow Tony Fisher was extremely insightful; enabling Kati and I to gain useful first-hand experience of what on the spot advice consists of. I personally found the use of Zoom very positive and felt that it worked well for both the client and those interviewing. It provides a comfortable platform whereby the client is at ease but can also still obtain the information they need.  I look forward to working with the clinic to develop this further.

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