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05 June 2007
A project to help long-term prisoners claiming their innocence, involving a training event organised jointly by Cardiff University and the University of Bristol, has been recognised with an award from the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith.
The Awards, presented at the House of Lords, celebrate the best legal pro bono activities undertaken by students and law schools. The "Highly Commended" Award to Cardiff Law School and Bristol was in the category "Best Contribution by a Law School".
The award recognises both institutions for providing the first national training programme for Universities' Innocence Projects in conjunction with Innocence Network UK.
More than 200 students and representatives of ten universities across the UK have attended Cardiff Law School to learn about the key stages of overturning a wrongful conviction. The projects have been welcomed by criminal lawyers groups and campaigners against miscarriage of justice.
Julie Price, Cardiff Law School said: "Innocence Projects are an increasingly popular way for students to experience law in action and explore the complexities of the criminal appeal system. Students, usually on law, journalism or sociology degrees, work with lawyers to try to get cases referred back to the Court of Appeal, via the Criminal Cases Review Commission."
Dr Michael Naughton, School of Law and Department of Sociology, University of Bristol said: "Cardiff and Bristol are pleased to have formal recognition and credit within the pro bono legal community for their contribution to encouraging collaborative pro bono ventures in other UK law schools."
The Attorney General's Pro Bono Awards are organised by LawWorks (formerly the Solicitors Pro Bono Group).
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