National Teaching Fellow 2011
As Head of Pro Bono Julie Price's job is to create, develop and manage an evolving portfolio of extra-curricular skills and learning opportunities so students can experience law in action, and acquire and practise transferable skills to enhance their employability. With a background in practical vocational law teaching, Julie previously practised as a Solicitor in family and property law.
Julie's mission is to create innovative ways of introducing students to real-client work, and to promote public engagement activities, with a view to instilling in students a willing culture of voluntary community work. She hopes that Cardiff's students will take this pro bono ethos with them into their chosen careers, whether as part of an international or high-street law firm, at the Bar, or in a non-law career.
Under Julie's watch, Cardiff's current 'law in action' profile includes two established student schemes. Cardiff Law School Innocent Project's casework has culminated in the submission, in July 2010, of six cases to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the independent body that reviews possible miscarriages of justice. Five of those cases (all murder convictions where the clients have persistently maintained their innocence) have been accepted for full review by the CCRC.
The Cardiff Law School NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme supports students to assist dementia patients claim relevant financial assistance for medical care.
Julie has recently piloted new pro bono schemes, including a partnership with the charity Asylum Justice, where students train to advise asylum-seekers, and with the Personal Support Unit, where students volunteer at Cardiff's Civil Justice Centre to assist litigants in person.
Professor Nigel Lowe, Head of Cardiff Law School, comments of Julie: "Through her vision, energy and drive she has placed the School at the cutting edge of providing pro bono experience for our students."
Julie also trains and supports students in international and national law skills competitions, and is a long-serving committee member of the Client Interviewing Competition. Her successes include coaching the 2005 student team that won at the University of Honolulu, and in 2006 hosting the eighteen competing countries at Cardiff.
Head of Pro Bono, Cardiff Law School