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    OPEN JUSTICE CENTRE ANNUAL REPORT 2019 law-school.open.ac.uk/open-justice


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    CONTENTS Overview 3 Open Justice Centre Activities and 2018/2019 updates Open Justice Law Clinic 4 Prison PLE projects 4 Streetlaw in Schools 5 Online Public Legal Education 6 Freedom Law Clinic 6 Mediation 7 Digital Justice and technology 7 Open Justice Partnerships Developing student professionalism 8 Engaging national and local partners 8 St Giles Trust 8 Personal Support Unit 10 Advice UK 10 Mentoring scheme- UK Government Legal Service 10 Citizens Advice 11 United Nations 11 Learning and Education Activities and Outputs Video and YouTube resources 12 OU and BBC Collaborations 12 W360: Justice in action 2018/2019 13 Developments for 2019/2020 14 The Open Justice Blog 15 Twitter account report 15 Awards won in 2018/2019 16 LawWorks awards 17 International lectures, conferences, workshops and events 18 Lawyer Monthly and National Association of Licensed Paralegals 19 Publications 20 Centre members and participants in 2018/19 Advisory group members 21 Centre Contact details 21 Associate Lecturers and project support 2018-2019 22


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    OVERVIEW HUGH MCFAUL AND FRANCINE RYAN As the Open Justice Centre approaches its third anniversary, our 2019 Annual Report provides an opportunity to review the progress of the Centre since its inception in 2016. The Centre’s development has benefitted greatly from the support of the Faculty of Business and Law, the Vice Chancellor’s Executive and from the generosity of our external partners who have provided invaluable advice, guidance and encouragement. Open Justice sits within the Open University (OU) Law School. With over 6,000 students, the OU Law School is the largest provider of open access undergraduate legal education in Europe. We are privileged to work with a highly diverse student body: 23% of our students have a declared disability, and 18% of our learners self-identify as BAME. We have an open access policy: 39% of our students have prior qualifications equivalent to less than 2 A-levels, and a small proportion of our students are based in prison. The Open Justice Centre (the Centre) exists to provide a bridge between the OU Law School and the community, and between students and the legal profession. We seek to challenge our students to apply their legal knowledge and skills in a way that furthers the OU’s social justice mission by providing free legal advice, education and guidance to the public. We have made imaginative use of education technologies to pioneer the use of experiential learning in open-access distance legal education and have developed a series of innovative pro bono projects in co-operation with community partners in prisons, schools, legal charities and courts across the UK. This report offers a summary of these pro bono and public engagement activities over the past 12 months and outlines our awards and research outputs. However, the best illustration of the success of the Centre is the commitment and engagement of our students, many of whom have described their experience in participating in the work of the Centre as being truly transformative. Thank you for taking the time to read this report. I have always thought that by Hugh McFaul Francine Ryan volunteering I could make a difference Director Director to someone else’s life, but I never thought that volunteering would give my life more meaning. I have become more confident in different aspects of my life and have developed personal and professional skills. The value of … the Open Justice activities has been … beyond my expectation. 2019 Open Justice Student 3


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    OPEN JUSTICE CENTRE ACTIVITIES AND 2018/2019 UPDATES Open Justice Law Clinic Prison PLE projects The Open Justice Law Clinic, provides free legal The prison projects are one strand of public legal advice to the public using an innovative case education offered as a pro bono opportunity for management system. The clinic is a result of W360 ‘Justice in action’ students and other OU law a successful collaboration between students, students studying Level 3 modules. Associate Lecturers, supervising solicitors and Five prison projects took place between February academics which has created a unique online and and May 2019 across England and Wales. Over student led service. 30 law students took part supported by five law The Clinic is award winning. It received the Best lecturers. All the projects involve the students Legal Tech Award in May at the Attorney General researching general legal topics relevant to Student Pro Bono awards and was also highly prisoners, followed by presentations either in commended in the ‘Best New Pro Bono Project’ person or over prison radio. category at the Attorney General’s Pro Bono Awards in December 2018. The Clinic provides advice only on a range of areas of law including, employment, civil, consumer and small claims. Since July 2018, we have provided letters of advice on 22 cases, and signposted 138 cases. The Clinic is open throughout the year. We have between 10 to 40 students working in the Clinic dependent on the time of year. We offer appointments to clients at their convenience and most of our interviews take place in the evening or at weekends. Tutor Paul Dale (right) and students at HMP Dovegate I was inordinately grateful for some HMP Altcourse prison radio project help and guidance and had not found any other body who was willing nor This project was run over three sessions. The law students devised a long list of legal topics to able to give me advice. I had no idea research after speaking with prisoners. The final of the questions to ask nor where to subjects chosen for research included release on turn. I emailed 25 bodies from the licence, employment and housing issues. The ‘law works’ website and you were the students each delivered a 15-minute presentation only ones who were willing to look on prison radio, followed by Q and A. Preparation at my case. I’m really grateful. I feel for the presentations included a warm-up session on prison radio in a ‘Desert Island Discs’ format. that you looked at my case extremely professionally, in depth and with knowledge. Thank you! Client feedback 4


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    Four prison projects in partnership with St Giles Trust These projects took place at: HMP Cardiff, HMP Dovegate, HMP Foston Hall and HMP High Down. Each project consisted of four Law and Society seminars. The sessions were attended by prisoner 2018 students and staff from OU & Middlesex peer advisers trained by St Giles Trust. They were University at the Streetlaw Orientation Weekend given Student Learning Logs to complete before and after the seminars and materials that had Streetlaw in Schools been researched by the law students to read. A We built on the success of the 2017-18 programme menu of general legal topics relevant to their work where 60 students delivered one-day interactive in supporting other prisoners was given to the legal workshops in 20 schools across England, peer advisers to choose from, but they were also Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and in encouraged to suggest topics for research. 2018-2019 delivered workshops in Hull, Warrington, Subjects covered included family visiting rights; Stirling, Newcastle and Kinghussie. restraining orders; social media, the internet Topics included Social Media and the Law, Human and the law; and sentences of imprisonment Rights, Knife Crime, Joint Enterprise, Consent, for public protection. In the final session, the Brexit and Routes into the Legal Profession. peer advisers were given advice and guidance about next steps in study by the OU’s ‘Students We have improved the training for students on this in Secure Environments’ Team. The peer advisers project with a view to supporting them delivering were also given an OU Law School ‘Certificate of better quality workshops. Lidia Dancu, the Open Participation’. Justice Ambassador and winner of the 2018 Open Justice Award, worked to supervise and support some of the student groups and we teamed up with the University of Middlesex to run a three-day face to face training event facilitated by Streetlaw pioneer, Professor Richard Roe from Georgetown University. The sessions were meticulously prepared and worked brilliantly with our students. The activities and resources were really engaging and a number of members of 2018 students and prison staff at HMP Altcourse staff approached me afterwards to say that the students had talked in glowing terms about the session. Sarah, Richard and Sumayyah were all utterly professional and their delivery was really polished. It is a tough gig keeping 40 teenagers interested and engaged for four hours in a confined space and they managed it in style! Ben Dugdale, Assistant Head, Culcheth High School Warrington. 5


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    Online Public Legal Education Freedom Law Clinic We developed our online PLE options and are Freedom Law Clinic is a not-for-profit company delighted to be working with Young Citizens, a providing pro bono research and advice on national legal education charity, to review and appeals for people who have been convicted develop their SmartLaw resources which support of very serious criminal offences but who are the teaching of legal issues in schools. maintaining their innocence. Law students from eight UK law schools collaborate using the online platform Slack, to research grounds for criminal appeals. OU students have been appointed as case workers to mentor new students from other Higher Education Institutions. Our students have valued the rare opportunity to engage in pro bono criminal work. We have also developed a project on employment Freedom Law Clinic was the most popular option rights for non-unionised workers in collaboration amongst our October 2019 student cohort with with Inverclyde Advice Centre. In addition to 33 students listing it as their first choice. More producing a pamphlet which contained local information on the Freedom Law Clinic is available sources of support for people who have legal here: issues, students produced a fact sheet on an issue related to employment law. http://freedomlawclinic.org/ The third online PLE project supported the work Feedback we received from students concerning of the Open Justice Law Clinic by providing their experiences was positive. The Freedom information to support litigants representing Law Clinic were also complimentary of the work themselves in employment tribunals. undertaken by Open University students. It is envisaged that some OU students will go on to The work was disseminated via the Open consider applying to become case workers at University Law School’s website, via Twitter the Clinic, which is external to the contribution and by students. undertaken as part of their work on W360. The outcomes from these projects were presented on our website as part of ‘open- justice week’. http://law-school.open.ac.uk/open-justice/ open-justice-week The whole process of working with FLC felt like a professional collaboration rather than an academic exercise so this was a great motivator and certainly helped me to feel like I was contributing to a case and a client, rather than being treated as a student helper. 6


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    Mediation Digital Justice and technology Our e-Mediation Project transfers traditional mediation training to an online environment. Utilising the existing professional skills of AL team members, we have succeeded in training 15 students using simulated mediations in preparation for real client work. Our two trained mediator solicitors wrote and delivered three training sessions. It had been the team’s intention to have our students conduct ‘real’ mediations and contact was made with David Byrne several institutions to develop this. However, many Digital Justice institutions and organisations already provide Consultant mediation clinic training to their students. As the students became aware that mediation is The team is committed to embedding our not suitable for all problems, they felt that the pedagogic practice across disciplines. simulated mediation final session was a “safe environment” for them to practise their mediation Our Digital Justice project was introduced in skills. The simulated mediations took place in 2018-19 and involves collaboration with the OU’s March 2019. computing and learning technology departments. Our students are guided by a computing expert The feedback has been very positive and the to develop publicly available smart phone apps to group expressed a desire to keep mediating and disseminate legal information and guidance. developing. Some of the group wanted to return to next year’s presentation and be the clients in Students have explored the challenges of the role play scenarios which were written to help exploiting technology to provide legal help, future students train in mediation. There was 100% acquire technical and project management skills engagement in these final mediation sessions. and design and build an app that enables self-help in an area of employment law. We are delighted with the success of this project. We are in the process of conducting an evaluation, which includes a number of external organisations reviewing the smart phone app to comment on its usability for their clients. We will use the findings from the evaluation to develop the next iteration of the project and going forward we want to involve users from the start. Allison Wolfreys Bryony Gilbert Mediation Project Mediation Project Leader Leader 7


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    OPEN JUSTICE PARTNERSHIPS Developing student professionalism St Giles Trust Providing opportunities to participate in pro bono We have developed a strong partnership with activities is a means by which we assimilate our the St Giles Trust, a national charity with award- students into professional legal culture, so we winning prison and ex-offender projects, to have prioritised the development of a professional develop OU student-led prison-based projects. partnership relationship with our students. The We have run projects with over 70 students with execution of each project relies on students taking serving prisoners in nine prisons across England ownership of their project, in close collaboration and Wales. Projects consist of between three with ALs and the core team. We provide a set of and six half-day visits over a three-month period clear aims in project handbooks which outline and have included legal research and guidance professional standards, training, safeguarding projects in collaboration with prison-based peer and levels of supervision and support expected. advisors, and an innovative prison radio project. This includes fostering online skills to support the Students taking part in Open Justice projects are development of a culture of collaboration amongst encouraged to reflect on their experiences on the dispersed teams. Open Justice Blog, which provides a public forum to raise the profile of our project in and beyond the Our partnership with students is manifested by OU. Blog posts on the prison projects illustrate the their acting as project mentors. Students who impact of these opportunities on our students: have experience of pro bono activity brief new students and play a mentoring and/or leadership role. We appoint a Student Open Justice Ambassador from the previous cohort to take a leadership role on projects and to represent the team externally. Our current Student Ambassador I didn’t anticipate, the effect that this represented the team at the Scottish Parliament journey that I was about to embark upon and two international conferences. We have would have upon my life as both a law student representation on our Advisory Board. student and a person. My fellow students, By encouraging students to lead and support The Open University tutor, the inmates others, we are equipping them with key employability skills. who we worked with and the staff at the prison, made this experience one that I will never forget, and the experience is a Engaging national and must for any law student. local partners Student A key plank in our success has been our creative engagement with national partners to provide pro bono projects for students in their own communities. 8


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    The Open Justice students have given Our partnership work with other national our Peer Advisors in the prisons a real organisations has also had a direct employability benefit for students, in addition to providing opportunity to develop, learn and meaningful legal services for the public. We have become more professional but more than developed relationships with Citizens Advice anything they have provided a forum (CA) and the Personal Support Unit (PSU) to where students and prisoners can meet create longer term advice and guidance roles as equals, learn from each other and for our students in their local communities. This discuss a whole range of relevant issues. has included CA placements in Milton Keynes, The sessions I have observed have been Derbyshire, Bristol, North Wales and Hull in both advisory and witness-supporting roles. PSU the liveliest and most stimulating I have projects are court based and involve our students ever witnessed inside a prison. giving one-to-one support to litigants in person at various English courts. St Giles The ability of the team to work collaboratively with a wide range of external partners has had a direct benefit on students’ learning, especially What have I gained from this in relation to developing employability skills and experience as a law student? raising aspirations. Our collaborative Immigration The concept of supporting clients Advice project exposed students to working through legal proceedings has never in a demanding and underfunded legal field. Following online training by Refugee Action, seemed less intimidating than now. students have provided immigration information The fascinating experience of seeing and have supported the provision of advice under how judges interact with counsel in the supervision of Lambeth Law Centre. hearings cannot be substituted by One student commented that: reading about it in a textbook. Student This project is a fantastic opportunity to work with a community law organisation that does really important work. It’s been incredible to help and see the difference it makes to lives and the impact immigration law can have. I have learnt so much and working here has confirmed my ambition to practice as a solicitor. 9


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    Personal Support Unit Mentoring scheme – The Personal Support Unit provides support UK Government Legal Service for litigants in person, who are attending court 2018/2019 also included the second iteration of the without legal representation. We are now in Open Justice professional mentoring project. As a our second year of this partnership and are result of close collaboration with the OU Careers delighted that our students are continuing to and Employer Engagement team, we have make a positive contribution to the work of this succeeded in developing a prestigious link with important charity. Approximately 16 students have the UK Government Legal Service who provide volunteered at sites across England including practising Government lawyers to mentor 10 London (5), Manchester (1), Exeter (1), Liverpool (2), competitively selected students over nine months. Chelmsford (1) Birmingham (3), Bristol (2) Sustained contact with UK Civil Service lawyers is and Sheffield (1). an invaluable tool in raising our students’ career Our partnership with PSU now includes aspirations. supporting them in the development of a series of podcasts on legal issues relevant to PSU volunteers starting with a planned pilot series on domestic abuse that will be finishing production by the end of 2019. Advice UK We have developed an online learning module in The course is available via this link: discrimination and human rights law training for www.open.edu/openlearncreate/course/ the free advice sector. view.php?id=3300. We will be promoting this module further to maximise the amount of This followed a five-month collaborative project in learners who are able to access this material. 2018 with AdviceUK, the UK’s largest network of independent social welfare advice organisations, which was funded by a £67,000 grant from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Hugh McFaul and Francine Ryan worked closely with Chilli Reid, Executive Director, and colleagues at AdviceUK on the ‘Improving lives through online learning for the advice sector: Discrimination and Human Rights’ project. 10


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    Citizens Advice Our students are continuing to work with Citizens Advice and we have discussed increasing the number of students with representatives of the national organisation. This has led to the introduction of a new opportunity in the form of the CA Witness Support Service. As of June 2019, three students have been accepted to volunteer as part of the service and we are in talks with CA and the OU Careers and Employer Engagement team to ensure that we are working to give a consistent message to students and enable them to volunteer for CA in the most effective way. United Nations The Law School’s Open Justice Centre has joined forces with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to help deliver its Education for Justice (E4J) initiative. E4J aims to facilitate and promote university-level teaching on issues related to UNODC’s mandate areas including anti-corruption, organised crime, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, counter-terrorism, cybercrime, crime prevention and criminal justice, firearms, as well as on integrity and ethics. Hugh McFaul with colleagues from UNODC at a production meeting in April 2019 The Open Justice Centre team has been working closely with UNODC to develop an online resource to support the global roll-out of the initiative. It is hoped the first stage of the project will be completed by December 2019. 11


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    LEARNING AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES AND OUTPUTS Video and YouTube resources The Open Justice Centre is expanding its presence on the Law School’s YouTube channel. ‘Open University Law School on YouTube’ . We have commissioned a short introductory film due to premier in Autumn 2019 which will be used in digital and face to face engagement activities and raise the profile of the Centre. OU and BBC Collaborations Hugh McFaul and Francine Ryan have been appointed as Academic Advisors to The Detectives; a 3 part BBC2 documentary on following Greater Manchester Police tackle complex and organised crime. This is due to be broadcast early in 2020 and is an excellent opportunity to raise the public profile of the OU Law School and the Open Justice Centre. Hugh was advisor for the previous series which reached millions of viewers who were invited to explore the legal issues raised in the series on OpenLearn, the OU’s public platform. W360: Justice in action 2018/2019 12


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    W360: JUSTICE IN ACTION 2018/2019 W360 was presented for the second time to an As mentioned previously ten students were placed increased cohort of 125 students in 2018/2019 and with five mentors from the Government Legal remains the newest of the three optional 30 credit Service. Places were allocated on a competitive law modules at level 6. It introduces law students basis and the project was heavily oversubscribed. to academic debate on three areas: 1. Social Justice 2. Professional Identity The Open Justice Student Award winners were 3. Legal Ethics announced in June recognising outstanding contributions to the Open Justice projects. More This is followed by a period of ten weeks of information on the winners is available here. engagement in Open Justice Activities from The Open Justice Centre received a University February to April. Students select one of eight Teaching Award in March 2019 in the category of practical projects: Excellence in Employability. Open Justice Online Advice Clinic We were also nominated by the University for School Streetlaw national Advance HE Collaborative Award for Prison Engagement Teaching Excellence. Citizens Advice Volunteer Personal Support Unit Volunteer Online Mediation Project Online Public Legal Education Online Freedom Law Clinic (Criminal Appeals) All students are expected to take part in at least one project. All students were given their first-choice project. Students were also offered the opportunity to take part in extracurricular (additional) projects during the module. These included the following: OJ Online Clinic School Streetlaw Devendra Kodwani, Executive Dean, Faculty of Citizens Advice Volunteer Business and Law, celebrating the exceptional achievements of students and alumni from the Citizens Advice Witness Service Volunteer OU Business and Law Schools Prison Projects Digital Justice project – designing smart phone apps to disseminate legal information. 13


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    Developments for 2019/2020 In light of student feedback we have made some The site was accessed by means of a variety of structural adjustments for next academic year.: devices, 68% being ‘unspecified’ (most likely Increased the level of teaching on reflective through a PC or Mac), 14% with an Apple iPhone, writing to support students in preparing for 6% with an Apple iPad and 12% with a their EMA Samsung Galaxy. Developed the materials on social justice Facilitated changes to allow students to start their practical projects earlier in the Most popular pages 2018/2019 presentation. Total visits 5,292 In addition the schools Streetlaw project will be open justice | the open university law 3490 run as partnership project with the OU Student school Law Society, which will enable a wider proportion of OU law students to get involved. A training get legal advice | the open university 1489 event will take place in October 2019 run in law school collaboration with Middlesex and Georgetown open justice law clinic - online form | 518 Universities. the open university law school open justice week | the open university 483 law school meet the open justice team | the open 465 university law school public legal education | the open 313 university law school news and events | the open university 201 law school open justice week 2019 | the open 157 university law school open justice research | the open 142 university law school The Open Justice Centre website is a source frequently asked questions | the open 136 of updated information about our activities, university law school public access to the online law clinic, knowledge exchange, events and news. becoming a client | the open university 93 law school Between July 1st, 2018 and June 30th, 2019 there have been 3,770 unique visitors to the website open justice week 2018 | the open 11 (accessing multiple pages in 5,292 separate university law school sessions). misc (page not found etc) 11 44.4% of users typed our address directly or bookmarked it to find us. 40.8% used a search engine. 3.8% came from social networks and 1.3% accessed us through other websites. The site was accessed by users in five geographic locations, the UK (88%), Unites States (3%), Germany (0.6%), India (0.4%) and Canada (0.3%) 14


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    The Open Justice Blog www.open.ac.uk/blogs/openjustice The Open Justice Blog is where students, alumni, team members, wider OU staff in associated areas of the University (and anyone that wishes to apply) can publish writing that is accessible to the public. We published 10 blog pieces from August 2018 to June 2019. During 2019/2020 we hope to have more blog posts from students. To help with this we have made one of the assignments for the October 2018 ‘Justice in action’ module a reflective piece in the form of a blog. A proportion of these will be published on the blog throughout the remaining months of 2019. Twitter account report Between July 2018 and June 2019, we gained 240 new followers. This year we concentrated our efforts more fully on promoting our events, award wins, workshops and blog posts than we had the previous year as our activities and scope expanded. ‘World Day of Social Justice’ provided us with some popular tweets by way of an ‘awareness campaign’ that involved coordinating with the central media team and tweeting all day via the main OU account. This day is going to be managed more strategically in 2019/2020. The busiest period of the year traffic-wise has been between February and June when we have had 881 visits and 90, 281 ‘impressions’ (the number of times a tweet showed up in somebody’s timeline). 15


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    AWARDS WON IN 2018/2019 Our concern for developing professionally focused experiential learning led to an Open University Teaching Award for Excellence in Employability in 2019. The Pro Vice Chancellor for Students described our work as “an inspiring project which demonstrated an exciting set of initiatives.” We are the only team to be nominated from The Open University for a CATE award and were the only teaching team to be given specific mention in the 2018 OU Annual Report. Our success has also received national recognition by a commendation in the 2018 Routledge Legal Education Technology Prize. OU teaching award promotional video link: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=x3bDV_08QN8&feature=youtu.be OUTA 2019 Winners – Open Justice Team 16


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    LawWorks awards LawWorks is a charity committed to enabling access to justice through free legal advice. In May 2019 the Open Justice Centre’s Law Clinic won the Best Legal Tech Contribution in the The judges for the 2019 Awards were:- Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards. The Christina Blacklaws, President, Law Society clinic beat a strong field to take the category title Peter Farr, Trustee, CILEx Pro Bono Trust at the Houses of Parliament. James Harper, Executive Sponsor, Rule of Law The awards were hosted by High Court Judge, and CSR for LexisNexis UK & Ireland Sir Robin Knowles CBE. The awards were Joshua Richman, Senior Editor, LawCareers.Net presented by the Attorney General, the Rt. Hon Leanne Targett-Parker, Chair, Bar Council Pro Geoffrey Cox MP QC and the Solicitor General, Bono Committee Robert Buckland QC MP. In December 2018 the clinic was also ‘highly commended’ in the Best New Pro Bono Project category at the Attorney General’s National Pro Bono Awards 2018. Francine Ryan, Lecturer in Law and member of the Open Justice Centre, said: This award is a wonderful recognition for all the hard work of the students and staff who have worked in the Law Clinic since it was Team member Keren Lloyd Bright, Tutor Andrew launched in September 2017. This is a new Maxfield and student Ken Ragon-Chambers attending the event category, and we are thrilled to be the first Law School to win this award. The award reflects the innovative way technology can be used to support access to justice. 17


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    INTERNATIONAL LECTURES, CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS Open Justice academics have contributed to a range of national public engagement events including meetings for the Government’s Litigants in Person Strategy, the Attorney General’s Public Legal Education Committee and Prison Education Trust conferences. We have disseminated our practice internally via OU events including Alumni Breakfast Briefings, OU Enhanced Employability and Career Progression seminars, OU Professional Development seminars and a high-profile public-facing event on prison education hosted by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire. We have been proactive in engaging with the OU’s Careers and Employability team and are contributing to a University-wide webinar on law and technology. EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR CLINICAL LEGAL STREETLAW WORKSHOP IN PARTNERSHIP EDUCATION CONFERENCE ITALY WITH MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY September 2018 October 2018 & March 2019 In September 2018, Keren Lloyd Bright and Hugh To support our Streetlaw training, we ran two McFaul spoke about our prison projects at a weekend events at Middlesex University in October session at the European Network for Clinical Legal 2018 and March 2019 with colleagues from the Education conference in Turin. University of Middlesex, The Law Society of Ireland and Georgetown University. A report on the October event is available here: http://law-school.open.ac.uk/open-justice/news- and-events We will be running a new workshop for the new student cohort in October of 2019. ‘UNLOCKING POTENTIAL: THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF EDUCATION IN PRISONS’ OPEN UNIVERSITY EVENT – MILTON KEYNES October 2018 In October 2018, Maria McNicol and Hugh McFaul were presenters (and Hugh was also a panellist) at IJCLE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL a public event organised by the Open University LEGAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE entitled ‘Unlocking Potential: the transformative December 2018 power of education in prisons’. In December 2018 Hugh McFaul, Francine Ryan and Neil Graffin presented a paper on ‘Collaborative learning in online clinical legal education’ at the IJCLE conference at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. This can be viewed on YouTube at the following link : www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVdp7jMG554 18


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    ILEC International Legal Education Conference CORRUPTION, DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS EUROPEAN UNION INSTITUTE, December 2018 FLORENCE In December 2018 Hugh McFaul and Francine 20-21 June 2019 Ryan presented a paper at the International Legal Hugh McFaul presented a joint paper on the Education Conference in Melbourne, Australia UNODC Education 4 Justice initiative to an entitled ‘Exploring motivations for UK lawyers to audience of anti-corruption experts. work pro bone’. Neil Graffin presented a paper entitled ‘Are we EUROPEAN NETWORK OF CLINICAL LEGAL adequately preparing our lawyers for the ‘real- EDUCATION CONFERENCE BRATISLAVA world’ or supporting them when they get there?’ July 2019 Hugh McFaul curated a stream of eight papers on IMAGINE FESTIVAL BELFAST – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LAW SOCIETY OF IRELAND AND theoretical approaches to clinical legal education MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY which will inform the publication of an edited March 2019 collection commissioned by Routledge and to be published in 2020. In December 2018 Hugh McFaul, Francine Ryan, Neil Graffin and Jon-Paul Knight from the Open Allison Wolfreys presented a paper on the Justice Centre, John Lunnie from the Law Society development of the Open Justice Online of Ireland and Lughaidh Kerin from Middlesex Mediation project. University presented a workshop ‘Dead Bodies, Live Minds’ as part of the Belfast ‘Imagine Festival’. The workshop invited members of the public to ‘crack a case’ whilst at the same time presenting an engaging demonstration of ‘Streetlaw’ teaching methodology. Lawyer Monthly and National Association of Licensed Paralegals Francine Ryan and Emma Jones have published over 20 short articles and blog posts in Lawyer Monthly, a multi-platform publication with a UK readership of 43,100. They can be accessed at the following links: www.lawyer-monthly.com/?s=francine+ryan www.lawyer-monthly.com/?s=emma+jones We have also published posts in the National Association of Licensed Paralegals blog. 19


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    PUBLICATIONS All publications are available for free, for personal use from The Open University’s Open Access library or by request to the first author, who can be contacted via open-justice@open.ac.uk Many are published journal articles which can also be obtained through university libraries to those with access. The incorporation of experiential legal education Jones, E., McFaul, H. and Ryan, F., 2017. Clinical legal into a distance-learning programme is highly education in the United Kingdom: Origins, growth innovative and has been the subject of and the technological innovations and challenges considerable interest in the field. The team has of its future. German Journal of Legal Education, collaborated on producing scholarly materials to 4, pp.107-136. raise the profile of Open Justice and to reflect on Jones, E., McFaul, H. and Ryan, F., 2018. ways to enhance the student experience. Connectivity, confidentiality and confidence: We have co-presented widely within the OU, Key issues in the provision of online pro bono and at national and international conferences. activities. Int’l J. Clinical Legal Educ., 25, p.48-88 Open Justice team members have collaboratively produced publications disseminating research Jones, E. and Ryan, F., 2020. Digital Lawyering on experiential legal education including peer Textbook. Routledge. Forthcoming. reviewed journal articles (Jones et al 2017; 2018), Madhloom, O. and McFaul, H. 2020 Clinical Legal book chapters (McFaul and Ryan 2019), and books Education in Theoretical Perspective. Routledge. (McFaul and Madhloom 2020, and Jones and Forthcoming. Ryan 2020). McFaul, H. and Ryan, F., 2019. Technological innovation in legal education. In Cownie, F. and Jones, E. eds. Key Directions in Legal Education: National and international perspectives. Routledge Forthcoming. McFaul, H., Hardie, L. and Ryan, F., 2020. 50 Years of Clinical Legal Education. In Claydon, L. and Derry, C. Windows on the Law: Celebrating 50 Years of the Open University, Routledge. Forthcoming. McFaul, H. and Fitzgerald, E. 2019. A realist evaluation of a virtual reality smartphone application. British Journal of Education Technology. doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12850 Ryan, F. (2019) ‘A virtual law clinic: a realist evaluation of what works for whom, why, how and in what circumstances?’ The Law Teacher, DOI: 10.1080/03069400.2019.1651550 20


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    CENTRE MEMBERS AND PARTICIPANTS IN 2018/2019 Advisory group members The advisory group meets twice annually in February and July MEMBER ROLE ORGANISATION Jon-Paul Knight Centre Manager (Advisory Board Secretary) OU Hugh McFaul OJ Centre Director, Module Chair W360 OU Francine Ryan OJ Centre Director OU Paul Catley Head of Law School OU Avril Martin AL Rep OU Lidia Dancu Student Ambassador Open Justice Alumni Maria McNicholl Partner Organisation St Giles Trust Tom Franklin Partner Organisation Young Citizens Ben Thomas Partner Organisation Citizens Advice Elaine Hall External Advisor Northumbria University Sara Chandler External Advisor Southbank University Keren Lloyd Bright Prison PLE Lead and central academic OU Neil Graffin Freedom Law Clinic Lead and central academic OU Lynne Copson Criminology faculty guest Criminology Beth Hurrell Partner Organisation Citizens Advice Centre Contact details Hugh McFaul, Centre Director, H.J.McFaul@open.ac.uk Francine Ryan, Centre Director, F.M.Ryan@open.ac.uk Keren Lloyd-Bright, Senior Lecturer in Law, k.bright@open.ac.uk Neil Graffin, Lecturer in Law, neil.graffin@open.ac.uk Liz Hardie, Student Experience Manager, liz.hardie@open.ac.uk Jon-Paul Knight, Centre Manager, jon-paul.knight@open.ac.uk Dawn Harper, Law Centre Secretary, Dawn.Harper@open.ac.uk Kirsten Pickles, Law Programme Secretary, Kirsten.Pickles@open.ac.uk Sandhya Bhingardive, W360 ‘Justice in action’ Qualification Manager, sandhya.bhingardive@open.ac.uk 21


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    Associate Lecturers and project support 2018/2019 Arj Arul, David Byrne (Digital Justice consultant), Paul Dale, Lidia Dancu (Student Ambassador & Streetlaw project support), Bryony Gilbert, Avril Martin, Gillian Mawdsley, Andrew Maxfield, Siobhan McCormack, Tamsin Morris, Kate Ritchie, Jenni Wilson, Allison Wollfreys (mediation project lead) Members of the Open Justice Team 2018-2019 at the OU Edinburgh Office, July 2019 FIND OUT MORE Email open-justice@open.ac.uk Visit law-school.open.ac.uk/open-justice Twitter @OU_OpenJustice 22


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    FIND OUT MORE Email open-justice@open.ac.uk Visit law-school.open.ac.uk/open-justice Twitter @OU_OpenJustice The Open Justice Centre The Open University Law School, Michael Young Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA


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