Volume 10, Issue 9
Unless you have given up on waiting for this promised “mid-semester” break and left the law school, you may have noticed that it’s annual general meeting season. Notably, this means that classes have been inundated with LSS hopefuls promising to put soft drinks in all the bubblers. Perhaps less notably, but equally important, is that many other student groups will be holding their AGMs and electing their new executive board.
The Public Interest Law Network is a student organisation with a focus on expanding the narrative at law school to include public interest. We aim to raise awareness of public interest law issues and connect students with opportunities within the sector. Over the past year PILN has hosted events such as The Path Unclerked and a debate on the HLRC report Safeguarding Democracy, as well as running a bake sale fundraiser for the Women’s Legal Service and maintaining an online volunteer guide. It is incredibly important that these groups exist within the law school to create an environment where diversity of opinion can be continued and encouraged. In my time with PILN this is the work of the organisation that I am proudest of. Providing a forum for people to discuss issues outside of the curriculum that they are passionate about, and opportunities to find others within the law school who share their passions, has reminded me of why I chose to study law and why I spend most of my weekends crying over my Remedies textbook instead of dancing with a bottle of wine.
If PILN sounds like something you’d be interested in come along to our AGM at 1pm on Tuesday 20th in room 223 and find out some more. If PILN sounds like something you want to be involved with come along to our AGM and nominate for a position on the executive committee. Or alternatively, if PILN sounds like something you have absolutely no time or energy for come along to our AGM and eat all of the free pizza and cupcakes we are supplying before you try to subtly leave out the side door.
Abby Cone is a second-year JD student and Chair of the Public Interest Law Network