Leading lawyer returns to Keele to open moot court and give public lecture


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Posted on 14 March 2013
Fiona Woolf's experience and insight mean she is remarkably well-placed to reflect upon the challenges that a rapidly changing legal services marketplace poses for legal education.

A leading lawyer is returning to Keele to officially open the University’s Moot Court and give a free public lecture.

The new Moot Court, funded through a partnership between the University and its alumni, will enable Keele Law students to take part in simulated court proceedings and promote interactions between students and the legal profession.

The facility can also be used by schools and colleges to give their pupils a taste of the world of law. Fiona Woolf CBE, who studied Law and Psychology at Keele, was President of the Law Society in 2006-07 and Sheriff of the City of London in 2010-11 and has been a key supporter of the project from its inception.

After opening the moot court, Ms Woolf will give a free public lecture entitled “The Opportunities and Educational Challenges of the New Legal Landscape”.

The lecture will focus on the opportunities for law graduates in a world that is adjusting to "The New Normal", the challenges of the "Triple Bottom Line" (people, planet, profit) and the need for long term value creation. She will also discuss the challenges for Keele and other educators in achieving the potentially conflicting twin peaks of academic intellectual ability and employability and whether universities are right to focus on teaching soft skills.

Professor Andrew Francis, Head of the School of Law, said: “Fiona Woolf's experience and insight mean she is remarkably well-placed to reflect upon the challenges that a rapidly changing legal services marketplace poses for legal education. This public lecture is the perfect way to mark the opening of the School of Law's new Moot Court facility, and we are delighted that Fiona has continued to demonstrate her support for Keele Law students in this way.”

The public lecture will take place in the Westminster Theatre in the Chancellor’s Building on campus on Monday, March 18, at 6.30pm, with a drinks reception from 5.30pm.This is an open and free event, but please confirm attendance via email to events@keele.ac.uk For further information see www.keele.ac.uk/whatson 


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