Chris Whyte, Programmes Coordinator at Young Citizens, reflects on why we must champion legal literacy skills for young people, following the Mock Trials Celebration Event 2023.
At the end of another exceptional year of the Mock Trial Competitions, we gathered for an online celebration event to recognise the accomplishments of participating students across our three programs: the Bar, Magistrates‘ Court, and Independent Mock Trial Competitions.
Hosted by the remarkable Georgia Cooper (a Mock Trials alumna now conducting a pupillage at Exchange Chambers), the webinar delved into the profound impact that advocacy skills can have in driving social change.
Alongside inspiring guest speakers, the event featured an interactive legal quiz, a captivating highlights reel showcasing contributions from schools and volunteers, and the highly anticipated announcement of the Court Artist and Court Reporter Competition winners.
Speak out, speak up
We wanted to bring together passionate individuals who understand the transformative potential of the law in effecting positive change.
Distinguished legal professionals Reagan Persaud, Sophie Stevens, and Caitlin Jenkins, were invited to share their expertise, personal narratives, and advocacy efforts to inspire our young participants to use their newfound legal literacy skills for a fairer world.
Sophie, Pupil Barrister at 9BR Chambers, delivered a passionate address on the importance of destigmatising neurodiversity within the legal profession. Caitlin enlightened us about her groundbreaking work with Swansea University’s Miscarriages of Justice Project. And finally, Reagan (who is the first black and trans barrister in the UK) shed light on the historical progression of LGBT+ rights through the lens of the UK justice system.
Each of these speakers’ stories exemplifies how the advocacy skills developed by Mock Trial participants can be harnessed to bring about access to justice.
We now eagerly anticipate the adventures that lie ahead in 2024 when we will celebrate more achievements, growth and collective dedication to using the law as a catalyst for positive social change.
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