The Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI) Nigeria cordially invites you to a special symposium in honour of her president; Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, SAN.
The symposium with the theme;“Legal Education as Justice Education” which is organized to commemorate with Prof. Ojukwu @ 60 years and his contributions to the growth and development of Clinical Legal Education in Nigeria and the African Sub-region, will hold virtually via ZOOM (details will be shared once registration is concluded) on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 4 PM WAT/Lagos . https://tinyurl.com/yxkbkupu
- Prof. David J McQuoid-Maison; Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA)
- Chidi Anselm Odinkalu; Former Chairman, National Human Rights Commission and Senior Managing Legal Officer, Africa program, Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI)
- Lisa Bliss; Clinical Professor, Associate Dean of Experiential Education & Co-Director of Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University College of Law
- Prof. Isa Chiroma, SAN; Director-General, Nigerian Law School and Vice President, NULAI Nigeria
- Leah Wortham; Law Professor, columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America (CUA)
- Prof. Yemi Akinseye George, SAN; President, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Secretary, NULAI Nigeria
- Jennifer Lyman; Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, DC Bar and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
- Catherine F. Klein; Professor of Law, Director, Columbus Community Legal Services, The Catholic University of America
Prof Ernest Ojukwu, SAN led a team of legal professionals to start the clinical legal education movement in Nigeria, setting off a radical transformation of legal education devoted to training skilled, public interest lawyers and advancing social justice in Nigeria.
The movement started with 4 pilot clinics in 2005 and now covers over 43 law clinics across Nigeria law faculties and the Nigerian Law School. Law clinics continue to provide access to justice to pre-trial detainees, and so many under-served population that are unable to afford the services of a lawyer. In addition, law students at the law clinics contribute to communities through different forms of support services, and human rights and justice education. The programme pulls in more than 2,000 law students annually that serve as paralegals.
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