In 2014, in recognition of the its legal aid services, the Legal Services Clinic of NLSIU was awarded the MacJannet Award.
MacJannet Prize was established by the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation to recognize exceptional student community engagement initiatives and contributes financially to their on-going public service efforts.
This year, as one of the many other projects, LSC is establishing the Indian Legal Aid and Awareness Network.
What is ILAAN
ILAAN is a network of stundent-manned organisations/programmes providing pro-bono services of legal aid and awareness across India.
This is a joint project of the legal aid societies of various law colleges across the country, initiated by the Legal Services Clinic of National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
The impact of individual legal-aid organisations/programmes across the country is constrained by visibility, geography, and limitations of ideas and experiences that each individual group may have.
In order to address this challenge, we envisage a national network of these groups working towards a common cause through co-ordination and information sharing.
In the future, the tie-up could be expanded to include activities like sharing of resources, for instance pro-bono panel, legal awareness material, conducting legal aid training workshops for students involved in legal aid etc.
While mutually respecting the autonomy of the individual centres, we seek to support each other in order to make all the activities conducted by these groups more visible, and collectively make ourselves more accessible to the public.
We seek to follow a two-step process for ensuring a collective presence and inter-connecting ourselves.
First, we have already created the Facebook group through which we can interact about the upcoming events, possibilities of future collaboration, etc.
The second step is that in order to ensure that people outside this network can also easily access details about each organizations/programs involved in the network, we will be creating an ILAAN website which will be the first online platform with information about the these legal aid organizations/centers.
Launching the Network
It gives us immense pleasure to announce the launch of Indian Legal Aid and Awareness Network.
We began this journey at the National Inter-linking Conference at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar goes a long way in the successful integration of legal aid and awareness organisations and programmes.
We are proud to announce that as of today over ten clinics are part of the network. But we welcome all other clinics that may wish to be part of the network.
Any clinic that wishes to join the network or wishes further details may write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org