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In praise of … Young Legal Aid Lawyers
In praise of … Young Legal Aid Lawyers
One of the few bright spots for the profession over recent years has been the emergence of Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL), a group which, from small beginnings in 1995, has evolved to become a significant force in the access to justice sector.
From the outset, with its extraordinary passion, professionalism and commitment, YLAL drew inspiration from the legal aid sector’s finest. However, just as every parent ultimately learns far more from their children, than their children learn from them, as the group approaches its tenth year, it is YLAL which is providing the inspiration and a much-needed morale boost to longer-serving members of the profession.
YLAL has shown itself to be endlessly energetic, creative and committed, cheerfully dragooning the great and good into supporting its campaigns and events. Few who were there will forget the sight of its committee conga-ing up on stage to collect their Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award for outstanding achievement in 2009.
Without YLAL’s social media skills and indefatigability, there would have been no Justice Alliance; no film with the likes of Stephen Fry and Tamsin Greg declaring themselves ‘for justice’; no mass protests against the LASPO cuts; and certainly no ‘jelfies’ (justice selfies). For the latter alone, we all owe YLAL a huge debt of gratitude.
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Description: Fiona Bawdon - author
Fiona Bawdon is a freelance legal affairs journalist and founder and co-organiser of the LALY awards.