UCD hosts inaugural Student Legal Convention

Government Ministers, a Supreme Court Judge and the Data Protection Commissioner were amongst those to address the inaugural Student Legal Convention, held in UCD on Thursday last.

Convention organiser Daniel Griffin, who is Chairperson of the university’s Student Legal Service, said the event was a “resounding success”.

Held in the UCD Student Centre and Sutherland School of Law, the Convention attracted a “well-attended audience, including students from NUI Maynooth, TCD, QUB, DCU and other institutions,” Griffin said.

Sponsored by A&L Goodbody, it was opened with an address from Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn.

In his address, senior High Court judge Mr Justice Brian McGovern informed those gathered of a “worrying trend” where people are trying to avert the execution of court orders by arriving to court in mobs.

The legal service decided to organise the event as the university already hosts student-led events in other academic areas.

“At the moment, we are seeing a great deal of change within law with many reforms being implemented and discussed. Our aim is to discuss these proposed reforms and topical issues with the country’s leaders and thereby have an influence on the legal system we will inherit,” Griffin said.

It is now hoped to make the convention a recurring event and to expand for a more national focus.

The UCD Student Legal Service is a student-run society that provides legal information to UCD students and additional training to their members at their twice weekly clinics.

Conor Martin

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