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The Law Society of Scotland published their manifesto in January 2011 ahead of the May 2011 elections. The manifesto represents a focused statement of what the Society sees as some of the key priorities for the next Scottish parliament.
12 January 2011
In November 2010, Jures, a legal research company produced ‘Pro Bono: Good enough?: The uneasy relationship between volunteer legal activity and access to justice’. Lisa Wintersteiger from Plenet contributed to the growing debate on the role of pro bono in this significant essay, ‘Going public’.
12 December 2010
I’m the PLE co-ordinator for ASA’s Advicenow Progress towards equality: reaching out to communities project. I’ve supported eleven local advice agencies across England and Scotland running local equalities public legal education (PLE) projects that provide information, education and outreach on discrimination and human rights.
20 November 2010
Éducaloi held a conference on Explaining the law to others : Message received… and understood ! on 21st and 22nd October 2010 in Montreal in Canada.
16 November 2010
On 13th October, President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act 2010, which will require the federal government to write all new publications, forms, and publicly distributed documents in a ‘clear, concise, well-organised’ manner that follows the best practice of plain language writing.
16 October 2010
Paul Nguyen, founder of Jane-Finch.com, uses the power of the internet and social media to combat negative stereotypes of the marginalized community of Jane-Finch in Toronto, Canada
22 July 2010
Lord Bach was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice in October 2008 having previously served as a Minister in the Whips’ office, the former Lord Chancellor’s Department, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Prior to joining the government, he served as a barrister, having been called to the bar in 1972.
30 March 2010
Myles has been development consultant with the Law Centres Federation (LCF). He has a background in the Australian legal aid system having managed a Law Centre and acted as a PLE coordinator and development worker.
22 March 2010
Since publishing a legal capability discussion paper Capability Paper (220 KB) at the end of 2009 we have had some interesting and helpful feedback. The first and most serious comment has come from two colleagues who separately expressed concerns that the notion of legal capability appears to shift responsibility for dealing with law-related problems to the individual.
12 March 2010
Plenet’s second annual Legal Empowerment Conference brought together participants from statutory bodies, NGO’s, academics and researchers, legal and education professionals to share their ideas and perspectives on the question: How does PLE contribute to a culture of civil and social justice?
10 February 2010
Sarah McCoubrey is Executive Director of Ontario Justice Education Network. She uses her legal skills and experience in the community to deliver justice education programmes that promote an understanding of the people and processes involved, as well as developing trust in the various sources of assistance.
22 January 2010
Atul Sharda led on the development of Public Legal Education within the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Working in a job centre helped Atul to get real frontline experience of the problems people experience when their lives suddenly change.
30 December 2009
George Arkless is chair of Haddonhall Residents’ Tenants Management Organisation (TMO) in the London Borough of Southwark. A TMO is a means by which council or housing association tenants and leaseholders can collectively take on responsibility for managing the homes they live in. Part of George’s role is to provide training for volunteer TMO board members.
30 October 2009
Empowerment stands at the centre of what we want to achieve with PLE. Our aim is to equip people to deal better with the law related issues that we know they are likely to encounter in the course of the lives. But what does that mean in practice?
12 October 2009
Theatre ADAD uses interactive drama to engage young people at risk or excluded from mainstream education to promote personal and social responsibility and citizenship. Karen Kirkwood is their Artistic Director.
30 September 2009
Richard Grimes is an independent consultant with Talking Law, working on a variety of capacity-building projects. He has published widely on clinical legal education and in the legal skills field.
30 July 2009
Ongoing research to maintain Advice Services Alliance’s Advicenow website has revealed that there is far less information available to the public on immigration and nationality than there was in 2006.
13 July 2009
The IARS report ‘Measuring Young People’s Legal Capability’ highlights the difficulties that many young people face in dealing with law-related problems due to a lack of knowledge of civil law and of the skills needed to deal with law-related issues.
12 July 2009
Dragica Felja is the Mentoring Project Worker at the Roma Support Group, a community organisation working with East European Roma refugees and migrants in London. Her role is to support and mentor Roma children and youth.
24 May 2009
Richard Leong is a discrimination lawyer at the London Discrimination Unit, Lambeth Law Centre. He has given legal training to employment advisers through accredited training courses, dealing with discrimination at work. The delegates have been case workers in the voluntary sector.
30 April 2009
Both the financial and health sectors recognise the need to reach out to people to help them avoid problems and to equip them to mange problems better. They are investing significant sums of money in this work. In contrast, Public Legal Education is still very much the poor relation. Why is PLE still a Cinderella issue?
13 June 2008
Rights information is almost unique with its over-reliance on plain discursive text. We wouldn’t accept such a dry approach in almost any other context – so why is it seen as acceptable for rights and legal information?
13 May 2007