Volume 9, Issue 1
A quick note from the 2016 Chair of the Public Interest Law Network
So it’s the beginning of a new year at MLS - the beginning of being inundated with the cries of student organisations trying to win your hearts and minds (and attendance), and here I am adding my voice to the fray.
The Public Interest Law Network (or PILN for those who want to add to the list of acronyms that make you sound like you know what you’re talking about) is a student organisation that focuses on increasing awareness of public interest law issues and events happening both within and outside of the law school. We aim to connect students with volunteering opportunities and work within the sector by hosting events and sharing information throughout the year.
This year the executive committee is focused on making PILN open and accessible to anyone within in the student body with an interest in the sector. To do this we will be holding open meetings during semester to foster discussion and awareness on current issues. If you have an interest in public law, an idea for an event you would like to see happen or just want to meet some like-minded people please feel free to come along.
PILN’s Facebook page is a space for students to share interests, events and volunteering opportunities, and our blog has a database of experiences volunteering with different public law organisations. I would encourage anyone interested in volunteering to give it a read and anyone who has completed any volunteer work over the summer to get in touch and let us know about your experience.
This is going to be a big year for PILN. We are looking forward to working with the student body to get MLS recognized for its engagement with, and action on, public interest law issues. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, check out our Facebook group and page or come along to one of our meetings, the first of which will be in week 2 on Wednesday at 1pm.
Abbey Cone is a second-year JD student and Chair of the Public Interest Law Network