This week Roisin Donnelly, a student advisor and recently appointed Deputy Student Director, took on her 62nd case and broke the long-standing record for most cases dealt with by a student.
Roisin has been a student advisor at the Clinic since her first year and has held a number of roles in the Clinic. She is about to start the Diploma in Legal Practice.
Reflecting on this milestone, Roisin said:
“I have been honoured to be part of the clinic since I started at the University. It has been a great opportunity to promote access to justice, alongside being able to help so many people in the local community. I have dealt with a wide range of cases including employment issues, housing issues and representing clients at small claims courts. No one case has been the same, each with their own challenges and their own highs and lows. Of course, for every case, I had a co-advisor helping me and, whilst it’s not always been easy, the importance of the great work that every one of our advisors puts in cannot be understated. Special thanks must also go to the supervisors and to Donald, whose advice and support throughout my time in the Clinical LLB made my time in the Clinic a much easier and worthwhile experience.”
I hope to continue to take on as many cases as possible during my diploma year. Whilst I’m sad that it will be my final year with the Clinic, I’m confident that it will be the Clinic’s best year yet!”
Case supervisor Gillian Melvile said:
“During my time at the clinic I have had the pleasure of working closely with Roisin both on Clinic cases and on the benefits project. Roisin is a hardworking and committed student advisor and project worker, and the fact that she has broken this long-held record highlights just how dedicated she is to both her clients and the Clinic as a whole. Roisin gives it her all in every case she does and continues to be a great asset to the Clinic.”