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A trio of universities have been shortlisted for best contribution by a law school in the third Attorney Generals Pro Bono Awards.
Manchester, Northumbria and Warwick universities are joined in the short-list by last years winners The College of Law.
The Attorney General Baroness Scotland told Lawyer2B.com that she looked forward to meeting all those nominated and congratulating the winners in person on the 24th April at the House of Lords.
"I am delighted to be part of these awards and they give me great hope for the future of the legal profession, said Scotland.
In addition to the law school category there are three other awards, best individual, team and new pro bono activity.
Queen Mary, University of London finds itself nominated in all these three categories, with its undergraduate-run legal advice centre, the first in the capital, up for an accolade in relation to pro bono activity.
The judges, who whittled down the shortlist, this year include High Court judge Mrs Justice Dobbs, Law Society vice president Paul Marsh and DLA Piper corporate social responsibility manager Heidi Newbigging.
Martin Curtis the project manager for students and law school for LawWorks, the solicitors pro bono group, thanked all those who submitted nominations. He said: They displayed a fantastic range of projects and a higher involvement of law students than ever before.
The full shortlist:
Best Contribution by a Law School
The College of Law University of Manchester University of Northumbria University of Warwick
Best Contribution by an Individual
David Barrett (University of Leicester) Abou-Bakarr Kamara (Brunel/Free Representation Unit) Taymour Keen (University of Kent) Nadia Whittaker (The College of Law)
Best Contribution by a Team of Students
University of Bristol - Innocence Project The College of Law - Chinese Information and Advice Centre University of Leicester Pro Bono Committee University of Nottingham Pro Bono Society Queen Mary, University of London Student Pro Bono Group
Best New Pro Bono Activity
University of Cardiff - NHS Continuing Healthcare Advice Scheme University of Portsmouth - Portsmouth District CAB Placement Scheme Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre