This page contains information about recent and upcoming YLAL meetings and events across the country. New members are always welcome to come along to our meetings. Unless stated otherwise, there is no need to confirm your attendance - just turn up. There's no obligation to talk at the meetings - just come along and observe if you've never been to a meeting before and are nervous about speaking. On the other hand if you have lots to say, feel free to come along and say it!
Our upcoming events are:
- Wednesday 12 February 2020: Event in London -"Misjustice: Is the justice system failing women?" Full details TBC.
- Monday 13 January 2020: event in Leeds
- Wednesday 15 January 2020: event in Manchester
- Monday 10 February 2020: event in Birmingham
Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.
London meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6:30pm.
We held an interactive meeting/discussion with the MOJ's Criminal Legal Aid Review team on Wednesday 8 January.
Our next event is on Wednesday 12 February 2020 and is about how the justice system treats women. We will be joined by a number of leading experts in this area - full details coming soon!
Please let us know if you have any other questions about our London meetings by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next event in Birmingham, which will focus on mental health and wellbeing, will be at 6pm on Monday 10 February 2020. The venue is to be confirmed but will be in central Birmingham. Mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession has long been a taboo subject. In recent years, the conversation around lawyers' mental health has finally started to open up... but we still have a long way to go.
Join us for a discussion about tackling stigma in the legal profession, looking after your mental health & building an inclusive workplace. We are excited to be joined by District Judge Helen Conway, a judge at Liverpool County Court and mental health advocate, as well as a speaker (TBC) from Legal Sector Workers United (LSWU), a union seeking to improve working conditions and employment rights within the sector.
Find out more and register to attend via Eventbrite here. Please feel free to share details with friends and colleagues!
Our first meeting in the New Year will be a follow up from the December General Election on Monday 13 January 2020 at BPP Leeds.
We will be:
- dispelling myths that were raised in the election;
- providing a reminder of the current legal aid situation;
- looking at what we can expect from the Conservative Party going forward; and
- doing a letter writing campaign to the Prime Minister and your local MPs based on YLAL's #3Pledges4Justice (see more here)
Join us to make sure that your voice is heard and to continue the campaign for a sustainable and fair legal aid system with the new Government. Please register to attend via Eventbrite here.
SAVE THE DATE!! Our next meeting will be 12/02/2020 6:30-8:30pm further details tba.
Young Legal Aid Lawyers Liverpool's latest event will focus on Mental Health within the profession and what help and support is available to support wellbeing. Legal Aid Lawyers represent the most vulnerable and traumatised people in society. This can leave them at risk of vicarious trauma as they deal with the traumatic experiences of their clients and also through the day to day stress of heavy caseloads and navigating extremely reduced services. This event will highlight support and resources available for those working in this area and allow discussion about best practice whilst also give us a chance to offload in a safe space to others in similar situations.
You can find out more about YLAL Liverpool on our Facebook page, or by emailing us.
Join us at Garden Court North Chambers between 6-8pm on Wednesday 15 January 2020 for our first practitioners' meeting. There'll be tea, coffee and plenty of opportunities to share tips, best practice and war stories. There's no need to register, just come along.
Watch this space for details of our first meeting of 2020!
YLAL South West
We held a Christmas social on 4 December 2019 - thanks to all those who came along!
Public Law Wales and Young Legal Aid Lawyers held a joint seminar for YLAL's first event in Wales, discussing: Becoming a Public Lawyer in Wales: Social Mobility, Advice, and Perspectives on Wednesday 13 February 2019.