The Inner Temple Elects Academic Fellows


Posted on 01 November 2010
Chief Executive of the Inner Temple, Patrick Maddams, said:

“We are delighted to welcome these four ‘academics to watch’ to the Inner Temple community and look forward to working with them in coming years. They will be joining some of the top senior barristers, judges and international leaders today.”

A Keele lecturer is one of four outstanding legal academics who have been elected Academic Fellows of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. Dr Andrew Francis (Keele University), James Lee (University of Birmingham), Dr Catherine MacKenzie (University of Cambridge) and Dr Iyiola Solanke (University of Leeds) are the first academics to hold this honorary three-year post. 
 
The Academic Fellowship Scheme aims to recognise the outstanding contribution of legal teaching and research of early to mid-career academics to the Bar of England and Wales. It also aims to support their research and to build stronger ties between barristers and legal academics.
 
The Chief Executive of the Inner Temple, Patrick Maddams, said:
 
“Since its foundation, a core function of the Inner Temple has been legal education. Today, many of our leading legal academics are members of the Inn. We are delighted to welcome these four ‘academics to watch’ to the Inner Temple community and look forward to working with them in coming years. They will be joining some of the top senior barristers, judges and international leaders today.”
 
The Inn works closely with universities across the UK to provide information on the profession to aspiring entrants and those who teach them. Last year, the Inner Temple reached over 1600 university students and hundreds of legal academics and tutors.
 
The Academic Fellows Scheme will be launched along with the 2011 Book Prize for outstanding legal authorship on 1 November 2010 at the Inner Temple.
 
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Notes to the Editors
 
Enquiries regarding the Academic Fellows Scheme should be sent by email to: adursi@innertemple.org.uk.
 
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple is one of the four barrister Inns of Court of England and Wales. The Inns of Court hold the exclusive responsibility to call candidates to practise at the Bar of England and Wales. The Inner Temple celebrated its 400th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter in 2008.
 
The Inn has over 8,000 qualified members, including judges, barristers (both practising and non-practising) and pupils. Each year approximately 450 students apply to join the Inn with the intention of training for the Bar.
 
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple: www.innertemple.org.uk
The Inner Temple Book Prize: www.innertemplebookprize.org
 
Dr Andrew Francis
 
Dr Andrew Francis is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Keele University and teaches Public Law, Law & Ethics and Research Methods among others. He is the Alumni Liaison and Careers Liaison Officer and will become the next Head of the School of Law in February 2011. Until recently, he was the Director of the Research Centre for Law, Ethics and Society and the Admissions tutor for Law.
 
Dr Francis’ research interests include the legal profession, legal education and access to justice, including diversity issues. Recent research includes a project (with Iain McDonald) funded by the Nuffield Foundation exploring the experiences and aspirations of part-time law students. He is in the final stages of a UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE)-funded project (with Professor Hilary Sommerlad) that analyses the role that legal work experience plays in  mediating access to the profession. Dr Francis is currently working on a book project At the Edge of Law: Divergent and Emergent Models of Legal Professionalism to be published by Ashgate in 2011.
 
Dr Francis read Law at the University of Birmingham, where he also completed his LLM. He earned his PhD from the University of Glamorgan, which developed into the first major academic analysis of legal executives.