Host Organisation: Children’s Law Centre 2023

Katie Mercer

Briefly explain your most recent educational background and any work (paid or voluntary) you were doing before you began your Fellowship?

I completed a degree in law at Ulster University Belfast, where I developed knowledge of human rights law, public law, family law and employment law. During my time in university, I volunteered for Older People North West, where I gained valuable experience in the community and voluntary sector. I have worked directly with children in a day care and out of school club. After completing my degree, I was employed as a Paralegal in The Office of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, advocating on behalf of individuals impacted by the Mental Capacity Act.

Why did you want to apply for a Justice First Fellowship?

I applied for the Justice First Fellowship to be an advocate for children as one of the most vulnerable groups in society. I also believe that it is paramount that children’s rights and well-being is promoted, as they are often underrepresented. I have always had a passion for social justice and a desire to help those in need. I hope that throughout my fellowship I can make a difference in society and contribute positively to people’s lives.

Complete the following sentence: ‘Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy…’

Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy travelling and recently I had the opportunity to take part in an Erasmus programme in Portugal, where I was able to experience a new culture, work in hospitality and most importantly meet new friends. I also really enjoy going to concerts and exploring the coast. Furthermore, I love volunteering in my local community, this involves delivering meals and I have seen first hand how this has improved the lives of vulnerable individuals. I also believe that spending time with family and friends is extremely important.

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