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From Stephanie, a current trainee, who recently completed the Pro Bono secondment:
Why did you choose to do the Pro Bono secondment?
As Reed Smith trainees, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to secondments. But having the chance to undertake human rights work while training at a City law firm struck me as a particularly special opportunity. Challenging injustice has always been important to me, and to be able to do so from within two powerhouse NGOs like Liberty and Reprieve is a real privilege.
What have you enjoyed most about the secondment?
Above all, it’s been incredibly motivating and rewarding to know that the work you’re undertaking has such an essential objective. The range of cases I have worked on has also been stimulating – I know much more about Bahraini domestic law now than I ever thought I would and I’ve researched memos on topics I wouldn’t have imagined. I’ve been given significant amounts of responsibility and autonomy, which I really appreciate and have thoroughly enjoyed. Would you recommend the pro bono secondment to other trainees? Why? Without a doubt. This secondment is such a unique opportunity to assist with incredibly meaningful work and to be part of a really supportive, inspiring network of passionate people. I’ve gained significant research and drafting experience over the past months through engaging the various UN mechanisms and have also had rare exposure to highly-respected human rights experts. I cannot overstate how valuable these experiences have been to both my personal and professional development.
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