Newsletter August 2016

From the Director's Desk...

If I was not certain before, I am sure that the Law Clinic is now the biggest in the UK.

Indeed, after years of attending international law clinic conferences I have yet to learn of a bigger clinic anywhere in the world. Thanks to a legacy left to us by Robert Fernan Smith, we have now expanded to 274 student members, almost 100 more than we had two years ago. Last academic year students took on over 266 cases, which, when added to the 199  clients advised at the Initial Advice Clinics, represents our most significant service to the community to date. All of this has been possible while maintaining our usual high standards, thanks to our supervisory capacity being doubled (from two to four supervisors). This expansion has also allowed us to bed in the new Immigration Unit and Scottish Women’s Right Centre, both of which were launched last year and are now integral parts of our activities.
As usual, the Clinic never stands still, despite the perennial promise of a year of consolidation! Over the last year, we have developed two new ventures. First, we are now providing services more directly within the community by attending a housing shelter to help people with their social benefits and other problems. The second project aims to go beyond simply offering legal services to those of limited means and to help them to start their own business — putting themselves into the position where they no longer need our help.
This latter project was developed by Stacey Martin and Fergus Lawrie. Fergus was also instrumental in bringing a new form of training into the Clinic and for organising last years’ inaugural Miami exchange. For this he was the deserved winner of the Best Contribution by an Individual Student at this year’s LawWorks & Attorney-General’s Award. This was the fourth time in ten years that this particular award was won by a Strathclyde student and adds to the other three successes achieved by the Law Clinic at these awards – far more than any other law clinic. And just to prove we are not just the biggest but also the best, the year was capped by winning the Pro Bono award at the prestigious Scott & Co legal awards.
And so, after all this excitement, we launch optimistically into next year’s “consolidation”…

Professor Donald Nicolson OBE
Find out about the Law Clinic's exchange with the University of Miami Health Clinic here.
Our casework is still at the core of all we do. Find out about some notable successes here.
We were honoured to win a number of awards this year. Click here for more.
We continue to work hard on a range of Public Legal Education and Partnerships. For more, click here.
A Spotlight on our incredible Kate Laverty: 10 Years in the Supervisory Saddle
In the latest of our 'Where are they now?' series, we catch up with Clinic alumnus Andrew Ross.
Remember, you can keep up to date with the Clinic throughout the year on our website or Twitter page. You can also make a single or a regular donation online.

We have recently established the Friends of the Law Clinic (FoLC) group as a forum for the Law Clinic to develop strong connections with our valued alumni and other supporters. The aim of FoLC is to encourage our alumni and supporters to stay connected with the Clinic through Clinic work and social events, and to help by fundraising.
We look forward to joining in with all the social and sporting activities that are on the Law Clinics’ calendar. If you are a Law Clinic alumni or anyone else who would like to get more involved as a Friend of the Law Clinic, or would like more information please contact FoLC Convenor, Jacky Wall at
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