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Julia Kerr Prize for Human Rights and the Law

by Ridley&Hall in News posted March 29, 2011.

This prize has been generously founded in the memory of Julia Kerr a graduate of the Law School in 1975.Right to left: Morshed Mannan, Nigel Priesley and John Kerr

Each December, a prize of £500 is awarded to the student who has, in that calendar year, best demonstrated the use of skills and knowledge gained at Warwick Law School to make an important contribution to human rights in the community (local, national, or international) as a participant in activities arranged through the Law School.

Nigel Priestley Senior Partner of Ridley and Hall, Solicitors and Law Society Private Practice Solicitor of the Year 2010 award winner presented the awards.

He then spoke on the subject of ‘How to make a difference through law’.

Commenting Mr Priestley said “It was an honour to be asked to go back to my old University and present this award. I was following in the foot steps of distinguished QCs and Martin Leigh of Leigh Day and Co one of the UK’s outstanding human rights firms.”

The Human Rights Act is a vital tool to protect the rights of ordinary people. Grandparents, kinship carers and children have all benefitted from this act – and the responsibilities it places on local authorities”

PHOTO ATTACHED: Mr Priestley is standing next to Julia Kerr’s husband John Kerr and Morshed Mannan

The winners
Margaret O’Leary has been awarded the Julia Kerr Human Rights Award 2011 for her involvement with organisation Feminijtihad.
Clyde Strain; Death Penalty Support Programme project leader,
Morshed Mannan; current pro bono officer
and Daniel Heimler; founder of organisation Dance4Justice received runners up awards for their human rights work.

For more information please contact: Nigel Priestley, Ridley & Hall Solicitors 01484 538 421

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