The start of 2018 heralded a new CJLD committee determined to build on the success of last year’s excellent team. It has been a busy start to the year. In January we ran a successful first event, planned a packed social calendar and started reaching out to the student community. Read on for details of what we have planned!... | LBLBulletin

Social Secretary Maria Rafiei writes


The start of 2018 heralded a new CJLD committee determined to build on the success of last year’s excellent team. It has been a busy start to the year. In January we ran a successful first event, planned a packed social calendar and started reaching out to the student community. Read on for details of what we have planned!

Our first event was an informal quiz night at the Emperor pub. The event was a great success with high attendance of junior lawyers from a variety of local firms and of law students. The informality (and free drinks) created the perfect atmosphere for new members to get acquainted and exercise their grey matter. The quiz tested the attendee’s knowledge of diverse subjects ranging from the local history of Cambridge to the name of the monkey owned by Ross in Friends.

One of our 2018 targets is to spread the word of CJLD membership benefits to Cambridge’s large student population. As well as being a fun night out, the chance to meet practising lawyers can provide opportunities to increase knowledge of law firms and boost training contract applications. This outreach has already reaped dividends; student membership is many times that of last year and increased student attendance was notable at our first event.

We can’t wait for our upcoming events. We are hosting a night of bowling and drinks at the beginning of March. We have also planned a cocktail mixing evening, which will give our members the chance to network and learn an important life skill. When the weather gets warmer we will be hosting punting, a barbecue, an open-air cinema, and a legal aid walk. We are also already practising our dance moves for the event of the year: the CJLD and CYPG Annual Ball.

CJLD events create opportunities to make friends and have fun by bringing together junior lawyers, young professionals, and students. We are also able to offer members discounts on certain Cambridge brands. If you are a Trainee, Legal Executive, Paralegal, NQ or Law Student in Cambridgeshire we hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and join us. If you would like to find out more about the CJLD or wish to become a member, please do not hesitate to contact us at cambsjld@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at our events soon.

For detailed updates of upcoming events, please visit our website at https://cambsjld.org.uk and our twitter handle @CambsJLD.

For the record, our newly elected Committee consists of President Leon Head, a Howes and Percival Trainee; Vice President, Kate Warren, a Mills & Reeve Trainee ; Treasurer, Jonny Christy, a Mills & Reeve Trainee; Education Representative Henry Fitzgerald, a GDL Student at BPP Cambridge; Social Secretary Sophie Walmsley, a Trainee at Tees Law; Social Secretary Amy Virdee, a Trainee at Taylor Vinters; Social Secretary Maria Rafiei, a Legal Assistant at Ashtons Legal; Social Secretary Megan Todd-Jones, a Trainee at Mills & Reeve; Social Secretary Beth Webb, a Trainee at Mills & Reeve; Social Secretary Elliesha Hyam, a Litigation Assistant at Kennedys; and Social Secretary Samuel Ash Croft, an LPC Student at BPP University.