Call for Nominations for the Gerry Conlon Memorial Law and Journalism Justice Student Scholarship Award
Are you a student with a passion for justice? Do you know a student who is inspired to campaign on behalf of human rights? Would you like to nominate a candidate who is dedicated to undoing miscarriages of justice and seeing that the innocent are freed?
Then we want to hear from you.
Please submit a 1,000 word essay about the candidate you want to submit for consideration to receive the Gerry Conlon Memorial Law and Journalism Justice Student Scholarship Award which will be awarded at a special screening of In the Name of the Father with director Jim Sheridan and Gerry Conlon’s family on the 27th of June 2015 at Griffith College Dublin. The essay should demonstrate the reasons why the candidate deserves to be chosen for this scholarship award. Please also submit a CV to support the nomination. Nominations are due by 6 April 2015.
The candidate can be an undergraduate or post-graduate level student in Ireland who is interested in pursuing human rights, social justice or innocence work as a career. Previous volunteer or internship experience working on an innocence project is a plus. Demonstrated ability to persevere and persist, work individually and as a team member, think creatively, critically think, and have strong interpersonal skills will be considered favorably.
In particular, we are looking for candidates who embody the passion and persistence for justice exhibited by Gerry Conlon, who was wrongfully convicted and ultimately exonerated after years of trying to prove his innocence.
The nominations are due by 6 April 2015. Please send submissions to [email protected].
The Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College is awarding the Gerry Conlon Memorial Law and Journalism Justice Student Scholarship as part of a two-day public event to promote understanding and awareness about the innocence movement: the Irish Innocence Project International Conference on Wrongful Convictions, Human Rights and the Student Learning Experience on the 26th of June 2015 and the Wrongful Conviction Film Festival on the 27th of June 2015. For more information, go to innocenceproject.ie.
The scholarship was made possible by a donation from Clio, a leading software company offering law firms, universities, law clinics and innocence projects a cloud-based practice management system. Clio expanded from North America to Europe in November 2013, with EU headquarters in Dublin. Clio offers its service free as part of the company’s Academic Access Program (CAAP) to pro bono law clinics, universities and innocence projects, including the Irish Innocence Project which was Clio’s first European participant in the program.