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There are over 100 Justice First Fellows(JFFs) of which more than half are now qualified — with the majority working as lawyers in the social justice sector. Fiona Bawdon explains why this ground‑breaking scheme is aimed at firms, as well as not-for-profit agencies.
For Ollie Persey, it was a foot and mouth outbreak; for Mark McDonald Loncke, it was street homelessness. Fiona Bawdon talks to Justice First Fellows about why they ‘signed up to change the world’.
‘The Home Office is known for a culture of disbelief, but Albanian children seeking asylum are disbelieved more than most.’ Justice First Fellow Esme Madill, solicitor at Islington Law Centre’s Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit on why she set up Breaking the Chains to support young Albanians who have fled to the UK. Interview by Fiona Bawdon
‘I wanted to get the highest grades I could, as I was worried that as a woman over 30 with children, a mobility impairment and a scouse accent I might struggle to obtain a training contract.’
‘We made the reunion application for my client – her daughter’s was granted but her son’s was refused.’ Justice First Fellow and solicitor at Bristol Law Centre Barbara Likulunga on the highs and lows of being a social justice lawyer. Interview by Fiona Bawdon
Siobhan Taylor-Ward is nearing the end of her training contract as part of the Justice First Fellowship which is funded through the Legal Education Foundation. Here, Siobhan writes about her training and the importance of JFF to trainee solicitors, law centres, and access to justice…
An unconventional yet holistic route to the Bar for the Justice First Fellow at Public Law Project and a meaningful use of law.
Justice First Fellow and solicitor at Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre Sophie Earnshaw is the Law Society Gazette’s ‘Lawyer in the news’, after successfully acting for an acid attack victim who was threatened with losing her disability benefits.
Justice First Fellow and trainee solicitor at Suffolk Law Centre on her best and worst days as a social justice lawyer. Interview by Fiona Bawdon
“There are no lawyers in my family; none even in my home town in Poland. I was the first of my family to go to university.”
What can social justice lawyers in the UK learn from across the Atlantic about innovative ways to fund and deliver legal services? Fiona Bawdon explains
What England and Wales can learn from Scotland’s youth justice system, by Just For Kids Law’s Justice First Fellow Alex Temple
What the TV series Better Call Saul can tell us about the state of the UK criminal records system, by Just for Kids Law’s Justice First Fellow Alex Temple
Just for Kids Law’s Justice First Fellow has written a free handbook for practitioners explaining the rules around criminal records
School exclusions are a legal issue, but we treat them as anything but, says Just for Kids Law’s Justice First Fellow Alex Temple
The first two cohorts of Justice First Fellows have now qualified. Fiona Bawdon looks at how they are faring
"The Justice First Fellowship scheme is using law to change the world", says Fiona Bawdon
Denisa Gannon: The first Roma person to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales wants to empower others by improving access to the law
The second cohort of nine Justice First Fellows graduated in February 2018, after completing their legal training and qualifying as solicitors
Ronagh Craddock and Sami Halpern on life as a Justice First Fellow
Quazim Khan’s "My Legal Life"
Belfast-based Justice First Fellow Emma-Rose Duffy on what the UK can learn from child-friendly courts in America
CEO Matthew Smerdon writes in New Law Journal magazine about the Foundation’s flagship Fellowship scheme
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