Rising Star Law Award | Shortlisted

So I have been shortlisted for a Rising Star Law Award. Whilst I am sure I won’t win, I would love your vote. If you just want to vote then click here, select “law” in the drop down and then my name, Rebecca Morgan.

Rising Star Law Award

The Rising Star Awards (something I had not really heard about before) acknowledge people who they deem are doing amazing things in their sector.  I am named alongside some remarkable women in the legal sector (which is an honour in itself).  Please check out everyone that has been nominated in the legal shortlist here.

Sponsoring the law award is Reed Smith LLP, and it is in memory of the remarkable Lynne Freeman.

I still can’t quite believe it. Not only have I been nominated by someone, but I have been shortlisted by a panel of judges.

The process of the Rising Star Law Award

So as mentioned above, I had never heard of the Rising Star Awards.  I had however heard of We Are The City and the work that they do.

Quite few months ago I received an email from We Are The City/Rising Star saying someone had nominated me for an award in the legal sector.  I filled out a form with some more information and had to wait to see if the judges would shortlist me.

As always I never expect to be shortlisted, and I am still shocked someone has taken the time to nominate me. Then on Monday, I was walking around The Justice Museum in Nottingham (being a law geek) and my phone notifications went crazy.

It was via twitter that I realised I had been shortlisted for the law awards.  There is a public vote for some of it and I would appreciate your support.

Vote for me in the Rising Star Law Award

If you would like to vote for me (before the 9th June 2017) then follow these simple instructions.  Click this link, fill in your details, select law from the dropdown and then my name, Rebecca Morgan.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support with my blog, but also the votes for these awards. I never expect to win these things, but really appreciate you voting for me.  Please do share with friends and family, or on social media.

Rebecca x

Lawyer In The Making is going to the National Justice Museum

I am going to the National Justice Museum next week. Excited is an understatement.  It is no secret that I am a massive law geek and whilst I love sunny holidays and also city breaks. I also love going to crime and justice related places.  That include museums, castles, prisons etc.

Whenever I go on business trips I always try and find something law related to go and see or do.  I even managed to do that when I went to California for 3 weeks on a sight seeing type holiday.

I have an ever-growing list of crime and law related places I want to visit, both here in the UK and abroad.

National Justice museum

So on Monday I will be in Nottingham, and I am heading to the National Justice Museum.  It has been on the list of places to visit for a while, as I have heard great reviews.

The weather isn’t meant to be amazing Monday/Tuesday in Nottingham, so it will be good to kill a few hours.

Plus I have heard that the pub/bar in a church is next door so that is always handy.

What is at the National Justice Museum?

So what is at the National Justice Museum? A series of cells to check out, various methods of punishment and lots of history (as well as more modern topics).

Our impressive collection is made up of over 40 000 objects and archives. It is the UK’s largest collection relating to  to law, justice, crime and punishment.

I am really looking forward to checking out some of the Great Train Robbery evidence as well as the dock from Bow Street Magistrates Court, which was used in notorious cases such as the trials of Oscar Wilde, Roger Casement and the Krays

I am going to keep this blog post short and then fill you in on my thoughts once I have visited.

Have you visited the national justice musuem? let me know on social media!

Rebecca x

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5 Programmes To Watch | 2017

5 Programmes To Watch | 2017

So if any of you know me, you know I love a good boxset (and typically those from the US – though the UK does have a few good ones).  With studying it isn’t always easy to watch programmes, so very often they sky+ until I can watch them.

However the start of 2017 is looking like it could be a great few months for crime/law related TV programmes.

Here are just 5 that I am super excited to watch over the coming months.

Prison Break

The rumours have been doing the rounds for many years about a potential return of Michael Schofield, and last year it was finally confirmed.   I was so excited to find out that Prison Break would be returning for another season, and that Michael was in fact not dead.  However, I am a little dubious about whether this series will be as exciting as the others.

Prison Break last aired on our screens in 2009, so it has been quite a while! For all the information on the new season of Prison Break which will be coming in a few months check out all the coverage from Fox here.

Broadchurch 

After two phenomenal series, everyone wanted more.  The suspense in series one reminded me that the UK can still produce a great TV drama.  I won’t lie, I was apprehensive that series 2 might not have the same suspense, and that cliffhanger every episode – but it did.  More and more information drip fed every episode, and instead of being able to eliminate suspects, you find yourself doubting even more people.  Broadchurch is wonderfully written, and the actors are amazing.

Season 3 airs very soon, and I am intrigued to see what line of approach they take.  Series 1 saw the murder investigation and Series 2 was the court case (albeit controversial in parts by many in the legal profession).  So what can we expect for Series 3?

You can get all the information prior to the launch on ITV here.

Little Boy Blue

It has been 10 years now since a murder that truly shocked the nation.  It was in August 2007 that 11 year old Rhys Jones was shot on his way home from football practice in Liverpool.  A crime that hit the nation, and one that I remember seeing on the news as I was growing up.  A senseless killing but one that brought a community together.

The TV programme is to air in April and you can follow all coverage on the ITV Hub here.

A Killing In My Family 

A Killing In My Family, is a channel 4 documentary which follows the charity Winston’s Wish.  This charity helps children who have sadly lost close family members to murder or manslaughter, sometimes the children have even witnessed the assaults.  The charity also supports those that are now caring for the children.

Murder is never a nice topic to discuss, but very often we live in a bubble where life is pretty much okay.  Sometimes we need a reality check to remind ourselves how lucky we are.  Charities like these are amazing, and the work they do is phenomenal.  Children should never have to lose a parent or sibling to murder or manslaughter, and they most certainly should never witness it.

I hope this TV documentary really helps highlight the damage that is caused after these horrific killings.

The Moorside 

This drama on BBC 1 due to air in February looks at the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews. It was back in February 2008 that school-girl Shannon Matthews was reported missing by her mother.  It was a news story that hit the nation hard, and one that left everyone puzzled and shocked by.  Even more so, when it was announced that her mother (who had acted somewhat weird throughout) had played a significant role in.  It left the nation questioning how anyone could do that to their own child. I remember the coverage, and the trailers for this TV drama have brought the memories back.

For more information check out the BBC info here.

If you have liked this post let me know! I always have so many crime and law related programmes I watch, or re-watch.  So I would happily share more information if you wanted it!

Rebecca x

Lawyer In The Making | My 2017 Mission

my 2017 mission

There are a lot of exciting plans and goals for 2017 including a new website design later this year.

However, the one that I am so excited to kick start is helping law schools produce more online content!

law schools let’s do this

So if you are a law school then 2017 is the year that it is time to make better use of that blog or news page on your website.  Not only is it a great marketing platform for prospective students but it is also a great way to create an online ‘digital’ time capsule for some of the events you have put on, student experiences etc.

Creating content really doesn’t have to be time consuming and I want to help you and your law students!

You have a bank of academics and students who could easily write some blog or news posts for your website, so why aren’t you?

I am looking forward to working with as many law schools as I can this year, and globally!

So I am here to help you, and below are just a few of the ways I will be helping:

  • sharing blogging tips
  • uploading videos
  • running law school training sessions
  • helping you create schedules
  • showing you that it really doesn’t have to be time consuming
  • showing you how to get your students writing

I can’t wait to see what we can all achieve in 2017!

So are you in?

I will be sharing blog posts and videos with blogging tips for all of you. So make sure you subscribe to my weekly newsletter here, and my Youtube channel here. That way you won’t miss a post or video.

Rebecca x

It is January so #janlawblogpost is back!

For the last two years I have run janlawblogpost (also known as #janlawblogpost).

janlawblogpost - #janlawblogpost is back for 2017!

#janlawblogpost is back for 2017!

So what is #janlawblogpost?

Quite simply #janlawblogpost is where everyday in January I will upload a blog post. I usually post a few times a week, but this is every day!

The type of content I will be sharing includes, legal news stories, weird cases, book reviews and much more.

I try and vary the content I upload each day, but it is always legal related.

I will be automatically uploading posts and then resharing them with the hashtag #janlawblogpost.

Previous (Janlawblogpost) links

I ran #janlawblogpost back in 2014 and 2016 and you can check out a few of the posts here.

Would you sue your mum over a birthday card?

Kissing in public can land you a fine and other strange laws….

Mooting.. a key skill and rite of passage for law students?

Strange Laws.. Japan and over-the-counter medicine

List of Strange Laws in January 2016

Panorama: Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed

So do keep an eye out on the #janlawblogpost hashtag on twitter over the coming month.

Rebecca x