Law student wins national award during event at House of Commons

A Law student from our University has won a national Pro Bono award for best contribution by an individual student at the annual LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards held at the House of Commons.

Anna McCormack, from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, is a final-year undergraduate student at the Leicester Law School and Chief Officer of the Pro Bono Group.

The awards recognise the dedication and commitment of law schools and law students across the country and the contribution of student pro bono in enabling access to legal advice and representation. The awards ceremony was hosted by His Honour Sir Robin Knowles CBE and the event was attended by over 200 guests.

Anna said:  “I am thrilled to have won the award for Best Contribution by an Individual Student to Pro Bono at the 2017 Student Awards. A special thank you to the staff and the wonderful Pro Bono Committee for putting together my nomination for the award. This award could not have been obtained without the immense dedication and enthusiasm that all members of Pro Bono have shown towards our Projects this year.”

Anna works with a Committee of 20 other students, and oversees the running of ten Pro Bono projects which are staffed by 300 student volunteers. Anna successfully oversaw the development of a number of new Pro Bono schemes including Project Light, an innovative collaboration between the Pro Bono Group and the University’s School of Medicine, which aims to support homeless people in Leicester with both their legal and medical needs and a telephone advice service within the University’s  Legal Advice Clinic (“LAC”).