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Sexting and Sexism – Peter Aggar

The Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism (CLJJ) Seminar were delighted to hear a report from Professor Ros Gill on a qualitative study of young people's use of mobile internet technologies in two London secondary schools, funded by the NSPCC.

Ros argued that we need to open up definitions of sexting beyond the focus on the 'sexy selfie'. Based on focus groups, interviews and online ethnography, she locates sexting as a peer phenomenon tied in to a variety of offline practices and more established power relations. Education needs to move beyond familiar fears of 'stranger danger' and catch up with the rapid evolution of mobile internet technologies and changing media platforms. Ros highlighted the significance of class, race and sexuality to a full and proper understanding of the phenomenon known as 'sexting'. She argued that it cannot be understood without reference to normalised sexism and homophobia in school contexts.

Ros is Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis in the Department of Culture and Creative Industries at City University London. She studied Sociology and Psychology at Exeter University, and completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG), Loughborough University in 1991. With an interdisciplinary background, she has worked across a number of disciplines including Sociology, Gender Studies and Media and Communications. Her career has included posts at Goldsmiths and King's College London, and she worked for ten years in the LSE's interdisciplinary Gender Institute. She joined City University London in October 2013.

Ros is known for her research interests in gender and media, cultural and creative work, and mediated intimacy. For the last decade she has made a significant contribution to debates about the "sexualization of culture". She enters this contested and polarized field bringing an emphasis upon difference - particularly the ways in which differently located groups (by age, class, gender, sexuality, vulnerability, etc) are positioned by and in relation to sexualization - and upon new ways of thinking about the relationship between culture and subjectivity - how what is "out there" gets "in here" to shape our sense of self.

She recently collaborated on a 4 year Marsden (Royal Society) project, led by Sue Jackson and Tiina Vares, exploring how pre-teen (9-12 year old) girls negotiate living in an increasingly sexualized culture. In 2011-12 Professor Gill was part of a team (with Jessica Ringrose, Sonia Livingstone & Laura Harvey) commissioned by the NSPCC to research 'sexting', as part of a wider interest in young people's use of mobile internet technologies.

An interest in the dynamics of discrimination and inequality is also central to Professor Gill's research. In the early 1990s she coined the term 'new sexism' to capture the ways in which discourses and practices of gender discrimination change and mutate under new conditions, and has developed this analysis with a sustained interest in post-feminism as a cultural sensibility. For many years she has been interested in the conditions of labour for people working in the cultural and creative industries, and particularly in the disturbing new (class, gender, age and racial) inequalities developing in fields (paradoxically) known for being 'cool, creative and egalitarian'.


The Pupillage Year: warts and all

Francesca Lewis from Old Square Chambers will be coming to City to talk us through what happened on her pupillage year. Francesca has developed a busy practice at Old Square, focusing on Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Health and Safety and regulatory crime, Professional Discipline, contractual disputes, all aspects of Employment law, Public law (including Judicial Review) and Product Liability.

Come along to 13 Princeton Street on 6th May at 6.15 to get this rare insight into life in chambers as a pupil.

Drinks will be held after the event.


Tom Mogford’s new book


Tom Mogford, GDL graduate of City has published his third novel in the Gibraltar-based Spike Sanguinetti series, Hollow Mountain. Those of you who have yet to discover the intrigue of Spike's world can catch up with the first (Shadow of the Rock) and second books (Sign of the Cross) now!

At the heart of Gibraltar lies the Rock.
At the heart of the Rock lies darkness.

The late-morning sun beats down on the Rock of Gibraltar as bored tourists photograph the Barbary Apes. A child’s scream pierces the silence as she sees a monkey cradling a macabre trophy. A man’s severed arm.

In the narrow streets of the Old Town below, lawyer Spike Sanguinetti’s friend and colleague is critically injured in a mysterious hit-and-run. Spike must drop everything and return home to Gibraltar, where he is drawn into a case defending a ruthless salvage company hunting for treasure in the Straits.

As Spike battles to save his business, he realises that his investigations have triggered a terrifying sequence of events, and that everything he holds dear is under threat.

We'll have copies in the library at City but you can also buy copies from any good bookstore of course! Wet your appetite with reviews of all the Spike books via Tom's website.

Anyone interested how Tom went from journalism to the GDL to translator to crime novelist can watch a Lawbore interview from 2012.

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Pro Bono at City: The Schools Exclusion Project (City Law School / Matrix Chambers) – Emma Park

Emma Park, Schools Exclusion Volunteer

Emma Park, Schools Exclusion Volunteer

Excluding children from school can have serious and unpredictable effects on their subsequent development. If the child or his or her parents feel that the exclusion was unfair, then usually their only remedy is to appeal the decision to the school’s Governing Body.

This is where the Schools Exclusion Project comes in. Volunteers from City Law School act pro bono as student representatives. We advise parents on their child’s case, assess their legal position, and represent them at their appeal.

Representatives first attend a training day run by barristers from Matrix Chambers, City’s own Dr Dan Wilsher, and the Project’s Student Directors. Training covers both the law relevant to exclusions, as found in the Education Act 2011 and a Guide issued by the Department for Education, and practical advice as how to manage a case.

One of the best things about the Project is that, as representatives, we are required to run our cases ourselves. When the application from a child’s parents is received by the Directors, they first check it to make sure it is in the area of law covered by the training. They then offer it to any representative
who is available. From this point on, it is the representative’s responsibility to liaise with the parents, to record their and their child’s account of the events surrounding the exclusion, retrieve relevant documents from the school, draft the appeal letter, and ultimately argue the child’s case at the hearing.

Each representative is allocated a barrister mentor at Matrix, with whom we can discuss the legal issues of a case. However, it is up to us to apply the law to the facts, and to decide how best to advise our clients.


City Aspiring Solicitors event: Worried about Assessment Centres? Don’t be!

Aspiring Solicitors is pleased to host a mock assessment centre! This event is being run with the assistance of the in-house legal team at Barclays and Accutrainee.

The event will include mock assessments with all students benefitting from the experience and advice of an advisor from one of the two companies.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get feedback from those in the know and not one to miss.

Anyone wanting to take part should register on the CareersHub website; for further information check out the flyer.


The event will be followed with a drinks and networking session.

When? Monday 7th April @ 6pm
Where? Northampton Suite, City University.

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Fountain Court are looking for new pupils

Fountain Court is often regarded as the premier set within the Magic Circle of commercial sets in the UK. Their clients include the UK government and numerous FTSE 100 companies. They have an outstanding record of involvement in cases making new law at the highest courts in the UK and overseas, and have been involved in almost all of the most important commercial trials in the last few decades.

Now is your chance to join the set whose past members include Attorney Generals, Masters of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justices and Lord Chancellors. Fountain Court are looking for new pupils.

Being the best means excelling in all aspects of chambers' business, including equality. Consequently, Fountain Court want the best pupils, chosen on merit, from the widest pool of talent, and are working with Rare to encourage applications from ethnic minorities. Rare places exceptional people from diverse backgrounds into positions in some of the world's top organisations. By applying through Rare applicants will be given one-on-one support at every stage of the application process, from writing their application through to preparing for interviews.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Undergraduates must be in their final year of a law degree and on track to achieve a 1st class
- Graduates must have achieved a 1st class
- Graduates must have completed a law degree or be undertaking/have completed their GDL

You can find out more about Rare on their website.

How to apply? Send your updated CV along with your modular breakdown to leonie.campbell-king@rarerecruitment.co.uk by 10th April.


Pupillage Interview Preparation Day

On 2nd and 3rd of June you'll get the chance to draw on the full support of the Pupillage Advisory Service in order to prepare for those tough pupillage interviews.

On the 2nd, it will be running from 9am until 9pm and between 6pm and 9pm the following evening.

Make sure you call to book your place on 0207 404 5787!

Remember there are other interview-related events both this month and next:

24th March 6.15pm (Lecture theatre) - Mastering pupillage interview questions is not enough
30th April 6pm /repeated on 1st May 10.30am (Lecture theatre) - Being successful in pupillage interviews
7th May 6pm - How to stand out in your interviews (Student common room)
(All these events will take place in the Atkin Building).


Dean of The City Law School honoured by the Academy of Social Sciences


Professor Carl Stychin, Dean of The City Law School, has been conferred with the prestigious award of Academician by The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS). Professor Stychin was selected for his pioneering work in the socio-legal study of gender, sexuality and law. He is recognised as one of the small number of founders of the field of queer legal theory.

Twenty-eight leading social scientists were selected for the honour this year.

The recipients have a wide range of expertise in the social sciences, including education, geography, social work, gerontology, law, sociology, economics and psychology.

The Academy of Social Sciences has over 900 individual Academicians, who are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. A spokesperson for the Academy commented:

"All the Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors - they are given this status after a peer group has reviewed the standing and impact of their work."

Want to find out more? Read the full story on the City website.

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Viva success at The City Law School

On 19th March Chiara Berneri successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled 'The Movement and Residence Rights of Third Country National Family Members of EU Citizens: A Historical and Jurisprudential Approach'. The external examiner was Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary (University of London) and Radboud University Nijmegen, while the internal examiner was Nicholas Hatzis.

Chiara skilfully defended her thesis and passed with no corrections. Her PhD supervisors were Dr Dan Wilsher and Prof Steve Peers (University of Essex). Well done Chiara!

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City Scholars Moot Final – Carmen Draghici

Grace, Nicholas, Judge Cryan, X and Ali

Grace, Nicholas, Judge Cryan, Sabrina and Ali

After three intense preliminary rounds, the finals of the City Scholars Mooting Competition were held on March 12, 2014 at the Supreme Court and adjudicated by His Honour Judge Donald Cryan (Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court, High Court Family Division, Reader Elect of the Inner Temple).

An enthusiastic audience of City Law School students attended the event and supported the four finalists:

Grace Allen (GELLB1) (Senior Appellant)
Ali Hafeez (LLB1) (Senior Respondent)
Nicholas Murphy (GELLB2) (Junior Appellant)
Sabrina Samis (GELLB1) (Junior Respondent)

After the presentation of oral arguments by the appellant and respondent teams, Judge Cryan elucidated the intricate legal issues in contention under the law of contracts and spoke about the art of advocacy.
He commended all mooters on the quality of their performance, including apt submissions in respect of a complex case and a very good reaction to the judge’s demanding questioning.