Leicester lawyer pro bono hero

Leicester lawyer is national pro bono hero

Leicester lawyer, Dawn Slow has been selected as one of 50 ‘National Pro Bono Heroes’ from the legal profession to attend a reception in the House of Commons in London to mark National Pro Bono Week.

National Pro Bono Week celebrates the range and impact of free services (pro bono) provided by lawyers, often in collaboration with other professionals also acting free.

The joint sponsorship of the week by the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX), the Law Society, and Bar Council reflects the cross-profession collaboration of everyone in the legal profession for pro bono work. National Pro Bono Week runs for 10 November with over 70 events across England and Wales, including Leicester.

Dawn, a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives with Leicester solicitors, Bray & Bray, will be travelling to London on Tuesday 11 November to explain to MPs of all parties about the pro bono work she does for brain-injured children and adults in the Leicester area.

Dawn has been instrumental in helping to set up a Family Support Group for brain-injured children in Leicestershire and Rutland through CBIT and she is still actively involved with the group offering advice to families and acting as the group Secretary.

She is also actively involved as a Trustee of her local branch of Headway supporting adults with brain injury. In 2006, Dawn won the prestigious Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) Pro Bono Award for her work with the Family Support Group.

She will be supporting the Leicestershire event for National Pro Bono Week which will take place at the University of Leicester on Thursday 13th November at 12.30 pm which this year highlights the work of the University Pro Bono Group students with the Innocence Network investigating claims of innocence of currently convicted prisoners. This event is being arranged jointly with the Leicestershire branches of the Law Society and ILEX.

Giving something back to the community through pro bono work (work or time that is given for free) has been a time honoured tradition and an important part of being a lawyer.