Ideas for Justice Week events

Ideas for Justice Week events

Justice Week LogoMany firms, charities, law schools, law centres and Citizen Advice Bureaux around England & Wales have run successful and effective events during National Pro Bono Week (now Justice Week) and we hope they will continue to do so during the new Justice Week. 

Here are some ideas to get you started: 

For law firms and chambers

Access to Justice talks: Talks on work undertaken by your firm or chambers: Looking at a specific pro bono project or piece of work, or an ‘access to justice’ case that has been undertaken during the year, by a senior partner / member or member of staff (in firms this might be a CSR manager), are a great way to highlight the value of pro bono and access to justice. This is also an opportunity to celebrate the work of individual solicitors, barristers or chartered legal executives whilst also educating the rest of the firm or chambers about opportunities to volunteer or contribute and how that work fits into the wider access to justice narrative. 

Articles: Articles for in-firm / chambers / practice-specific or branch newsletters: Justice Week will be a great hook to convince someone to cover your access to justice or pro bono work story. 

Promoting Pro Bono: Shadowing evenings at a firms' pro bono clinics for new members of staff, or shadowing on day schemes run by the Specialist Bar Associations (for the Bar) or practice-specific organisations, branches or local law societies (for solicitors and chartered legal executives): This is a great way to introduce staff/members to pro bono work.

Fundraising: Fundraising events for local law centres, Citizen Advice Bureaux or other justice related initiatives or charities: This can be a firm / chambers wide raffle, a sponsored walk, or even a legally themed bake sale. 

Debates: In-firm / in chambers debates on justice: You could pick a tricky or controversial topic such as the impact of AI on access to justice, dealing with litigants in person, the quality of decision-making in courts and tribunals, or the legitimacy of indefinite detention.

For organisations

Coffee mornings:  "Open House" with coffee and cake for volunteers (and potential new volunteers) is a good way of introducing access to justice and pro bono work to those who are less familiar with this type of work, and are a good reminder to those who are familiar with it of its value to society.

Awards/recognition events: We are sure you have un-sung heroes working on your projects, from staff members who go the extra mile to champions who help support the work of your organisation. This is your opportunity to celebrate them. 

Speaker events: You could invite a local (or national) speaker to talk about Justice. This is a great way to engage with the wider legal sector in your area. Previous speakers at these types of events have included Baroness Laurence, Richard Miller (Head of Justice, The Law Society), and Shadow Attorney General, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti.  

Articles: Look at opportunities to write articles and blogs about your work and for them to be promoted by the professional bodies throughout Justice Week. The professional bodies have all have good media contacts and can help get your story out there.

For law schools

Hold a Lecture: Run a lecture on a rule of law or an issue that you think needs highlighting (e.g. indefinite detention, IPP sentences, the Office of the Lord Chancellor).

Awards/recognition events: Celebrate the student pro bono stars in your law schools. Everyone loves receiving recognition and it's a great way to publicise good work.  

Speaker events: Invite a local firm and or chambers in to talk about the justice. This could focus on anything from the value of pro bono on students' applications as well as to the local community, the changing courts systems, or developments with LASPO.

Articles: Look at opportunities to write articles and blogs about your work and for them to be promoted by the professional bodies throughout Justice Week. The professional bodies have all have good media contacts and can help get your story out there.

Just do what you always do… but do it during Justice Week (or not)

If you are primarily interested in sharing a pro bono story or recruiting new volunteers for pro bono work, consider holding the event during Justice Week. Alternatively, you can also plan activity for Global Pro Bono Week in mid-October or National Volunteer Week in early June. 

Contact

If you would like to chat with someone on the Justice Week Organising Committee about your ideas and how we can support you in organising and promoting your event, please get in touch using the contact details below.