Cleary Gottlieb Welcomes Students for London’s City Giving Day 2018

September 25, 2018

Cleary Gottlieb welcomed to its London office over 50 students and staff from New North Academy with an introduction to law and a mock criminal trial.

The students were welcomed by Cleary partner Raj Panasar and pro bono coordinator Byron Spring before participating in the mock trial, which involved the Year 6 pupils assuming the roles of barristers, witnesses, judges, and the jury in a fictional scenario concerning the theft of a valuable necklace. 

The activity aimed to introduce to the pupils how the UK legal system works and the application of the law to everyday life. It also helped emphasize the importance of literacy and problem-solving skills to a range of future careers.

Tim Hailes, Alderman and Sheriff of the City of London, also took part in the day’s events.

Raj said of the firm’s participation, “City Giving Day is such an important date in our calendar. We remain committed to supporting our local community and were delighted to showcase one of the many ways this can be done to Alderman and Sheriff Tim Hailes. We were thrilled that so many people from New North Academy were able to join us and get so involved with the mock trial, for City Giving Day. We hope it has sparked an interest in the legal industry for the kids, but most of all we hope it helps them understand that jobs at places like ours is an achievable aim.”

City Giving Day is an annual event organized by the Lord Mayor of the City of London to celebrate the philanthropic efforts of businesses in the City. Cleary’s previous City Giving Day activities have included a celebration event with Toynbee Hall to launch the firm’s sponsorship and participation in its Saturday morning women-only Free Legal Advice Clinic; an interactive office tour for 30 students as part of the National Literacy Trust’s “Words for Work” programme; and an employability skills day for participants from Mencap.