Trainee solicitor Tamara Vasiljeva, co-ordinated volunteers and took part in the Lawyers in Schools programme for McDermott Will & Emery this year. They are partnered with London Nautical School in Lambeth. Tamara tells us why she enjoyed volunteering her time and about the impacts that the Lawyers in Schools programme has had on the firm.
‘Ten volunteers from McDermott Will & Emery had the pleasure to participate in Lawyers in Schools 2012/2013 programme and we all found the experience extremely rewarding. The programme provides an excellent opportunity to raise young people’s awareness and understanding of the law and important legal issues. The young people we worked with were enthusiastic, intelligent and always up for a challenge. Hearing their perspectives on pertinent and relevant issues really made me think about my opinions and provided us all with some interesting discussion on the way back to the office. It was also great to see an improvement in the confidence and skills of the young people throughout the programme. I would definitely recommend taking part in Lawyers in Schools to anyone who wishes to engage in a challenging and interesting project.
I can also definitely say that the programme had a very positive effect on team building and internal networking within our firm. In addition, the programme increased volunteers’ pride in the firm, played an important role in improving the firm’s relationship with the community and its profile and reputation as well as meeting its corporate responsibility objectives.’