School of Law

Pro-bono bods up for award

10 February 2010 | Alex Greenwood

Twenty-five students from the School of Law were recently nominated for a Leeds City Council Community and City Pride Award for their work with Hammonds Solicitors on a community-based project in Hunslet, East Leeds.

The project in March 2009 saw law students and Hammonds volunteers help to maintain the grounds around the Involve Centre in Hunslet, a multi-purpose community and education centre that serves secondary schools and the community.

The activity formed part of School of Law pro-bono programme The Corporate Social Responsibility Project (The CSR Project), which runs as a collaborative initiative between the School of Law, Leeds University Business School, and Business in the Community (Leeds Cares).

The CSR Project organises students and business volunteers to help maintain grounds and buildings of voluntary sector organisations in the community.

Through the scheme, School of Law students gain firsthand knowledge about the theory and business benefits of corporate social responsibility. The project helps them to apply these principles through working alongside business volunteers in supporting the local community on a joint project.

The School of Law has been involved in the project since 2007, and past collaborations have included numerous law firms and business organisations, including Price Waterhouse Coopers, Boots, Hammonds, and Eversheds.

The Leeds City Council Community and City Pride Award category was for the Business and Community Partnership Project of the Year, and the winner was announced at a dinner and presentation at Leeds Civic Hall on 4 February. The other nominees were Aire Action Leeds, and Asda and Friends.

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