As a patron of the Hackney Community Law Centre, I’m very pleased to host their debate this evening on the role of the law in the lives of children and young people.
Next Generation – Rights and Responsibilities
A debate about what the law means to young people in 21st Century Britain
Monday April 29th 2013
6.30pm – 8pm
City Hall, Queens Walk, London SE1 1AA
Free but booking is essential – to register Miranda@hclc.org.uk or 020 8985 5236
What are young people’s legal rights today?
What are the legal profession’s responsibilities to the next generation?
Do young people feel the law is “for them”?
I am hosting a high profile panel of youth workers, legal experts, politicians, lawyers and youth justice campaigners, in a debate to answer these questions and more. We will also hear from young people about what the law means to them, as well as the impact of cuts to legal aid and welfare on youth in London.
The panel will be chaired by www.justicegap.com editor Jon Robins and will include:
•Lord Colin Low CBE – HCLC patron, Peer in the House of Lords, and Chair of the Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support
•Sandie Okoro – Director of P.R.I.M.E Finance and Ambassador of the Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
•Shauneen Lambe – Barrister and Director of youth legal charity Just for Kids Law
•Laura Janes – Solicitor at the Howard League for Penal Reform and at Scott Moncrieff Solicitors, and founder of Young Legal Aid Lawyers
The debate is part of an exciting new initiative aimed at young people to explain their legal rights and demystify the law. Mind the JusticeGap brings young people in Hackney together with UCL law students to build a dedicated online advice guide about the law which will aim at and draw on the experience of young people.
Backed by human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield QC and former justice secretary Lord Willy Bach, the project is led by JusticeGap in collaboration with Hackney Community Law Centre, University College London’s Centre for Access to Justice, and the Hackney Council of Voluntary Services.
I hope you can join us.