The Streetlaw project involves Birmingham Pro Bono Group members going into the community to facilitate informative and interactive presentations and discussions on legal topics for schools, community groups and other organisations.
Streetlaw aims to raise public legal literacy and awareness, empowering individuals by helping them to understand their legal rights and responsibilities.
Streetlaw in Schools
Birmingham PBG delivers numerous Streetlaw sessions to secondary school students, including a 'Justice Day' with Year 7 pupils, which features a range of interactive discussions to stimulate their thinking about the law and how it relates to them in areas such as human rights, crime and the justice system. New for 2016-17, Streetlaw will provide 'Law and Life' sessions for Year 13 students to prepare them for life beyond school.
Streetlaw in the Community
SIFA Fireside is a Birmingham-based charity that supports the homeless and drug and alcohol dependent. Since October 2015 our student volunteers have delivered Streetlaw presentations in a range of areas pertinent to their service users, including: squatters' rights; stop and search; rights for EU migrants; and disability rights.
Streetlaw and Litigants in Person
The Birmingham Employment Tribunal Streetlaw project aims to help those without legal representation to navigate the complex Tribunal process. Groups of student volunteers provide weekly presentations focusing on an overview of the process and then what to expect at a Final Hearing.
We strive to identify the needs of the local community and apply practical legal education to make positive change. Examples of previous Streetlaw sessions have included:
- Juvenile Justice: Teaching young people in the juvenile justice system about the law.
- Street Wise: Educating young people about police powers to stop and search.
- Street Save: Teaching young people about the law and public policies related to the possession of offensive weapons.
- DOPE: Educating communities about drugs legislation
- Going Places: Informing and empowering young people to find solutions to the problems they face when transitioning into adulthood.
- Parents, Families and the Law: Educating young parents and families about their legal rights and responsibilities.
- Execute Justice: Educating communities about the problems and barriers within the legal and justice system.
- Respect the Human: Teaching all about the role of human rights with an emphasis on diversity, religion, disability and mental illness.
- Home Smart: Educating landlords, tenants and those facing homelessness about their rights and obligations under the law.
- Victims and the Law: Outlining legal processes to persons directly affected by crime.
- Digital Privacy & Piracy: Outlining modern legal issues concerning social media and file sharing on the internet.
If you would like more information about Streetlaw or would like to arrange a presentation from our student volunteers within your community, please contact our Streetlaw Coordinators by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about other Pro Bono Group projects, visit the About the Pro Bono Group Page.