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Dec. 30, 2013

Lord Hope to speak at Aberdeen Law Project’s inaugural lecture

University of AberdeenLord Hope, one of the first Justices and former Deputy President of the UK’s Supreme Court will be one of the eminent speakers at a lecture in February 2014 to be held by The Aberdeen Law Project, a student-led law clinic founded by University of Aberdeen students and supported by practicing lawyers and law firms.

The Aberdeen Law Project, which is the first in Scotland to be founded and operated by students, exists to improve legal representation and access to justice for people in need. The Project recently named Lord Hope as the law clinic’s Patron, and his speech at the lecture will mark his appointment.

Speaking about the lecture, Lord Hope explained, “I am delighted to have been invited to give this inaugural lecture and I look forward to visiting Aberdeen again.”

The lecture, titled ‘Apprentice to Supreme Court Justice: reflections on the art of lawyering’ will take place at the University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Hall on the 19th of February 2014 and is sponsored by international law firm Pinsent Masons. Pinsent Masons has been an ongoing supporter of The Aberdeen Law Project, with its lawyers providing pro bono advice to the student-led law clinic for the past three years. The Head of Pinsent Masons’ Aberdeen office, Roger Connon, said: “Our firm has strong associations with the University of Aberdeen we are pleased to sponsor Lord Hope’s lecture marking his appointment as Patron of this impressive student initiative.”

Lord Hope’s impressive career spanned half a century, during which he held positions as head of Scotland’s judiciary, as Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General. He recently retired as the Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court.

Speaking about Lord Hope’s involvement in the inaugural lecture, the Student Director of The Aberdeen Law Project, Anna Robertson, said: “Lord Hope has enjoyed a remarkable career and we are very honoured and proud to have him visit the project to give an address in his capacity as Patron. The lecture will mark the start of our fifth year and we look forward to using the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate all that has been achieved since The Aberdeen Law Project was founded in 2009."

If you are interested in attending the lecture please contact Katy Hood via email on

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Content added on 30th December 2013.

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