We are so proud to announce that Holmes O’Malley Sexton have just been shortlisted for the prestigious Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2019, the winners of which will be announced at a Gala Event in Dublin this September.
The awards were established in 2004 to recognise the work being carried out by Irish and multinational companies to improve the lives of their employees and their communities and to celebrate best practice in Corporate Social Responsibility throughout Ireland.
We have been shortlisted in the Community Programme category for our innovative Transition Year Programmes in our Limerick office.
As many of you are aware, since 2017 we have provided a twice yearly structured week-long Transition Year (TY) programme which is open to all schools in the Limerick area and something in the future we will be looking to extend to our other offices in Dublin, Cork and London as it has been such a tremendous success. We also provide a TY Law Day in a local all girls DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school each year.
Our colleagues, Maeve Brosnahan, HR Specialist, leads our twice annual Transition Year Week Programme, and Eadaoin Jackson, Associate Solicitor, leads our Transition Year Law Day in a school each year. A huge thank you and well done to Maeve, Eadaoin and the large team involved for their tremendous passion and hard work to facilitate these programmes.
TY Programme Details
Within our twice yearly, structured TY Programme week we welcome 20 students to enjoy a week in the life of our busy law firm. The TY students experience:-
- Visit to courthouse;
- Learning on human rights through a street law style module (an approach to teaching practical law using interactive teaching methodologies using a miscarriage of justice case);
- Mock trial with students preparing as advocates and with judging by a solicitor, judge or barrister;
- Alien invasion and their take on our laws (a fun interactive human rights exercise);
- Presentations on being a barrister; ‘Pathways to Success’: how to become a solicitor;
- Digital communication and protecting yourself online;
- Introduction to the Irish legal system;
- Law firms and strategic planning;
- Various areas of law;
- Communication skills, advocacy, courtroom etiquette and cross examinations;
- The different legal career opportunities including legal secretary, solicitor, partner, judge, barrister, knowledge manager, librarian, business development executive, IT, HR, marketing and accounts.
Maeve Brosnahan, HR Specialist, explains,
“These initiatives support the local community and are unique and much needed outside of Dublin. Various larger legal firms offer programmes in Dublin but Limerick does not have the advantage of a commercially provided structured programme to promote a career in law to local youths. Law is vital to the democracy of Ireland and to ensure fairness, justice, peace and transparency. This programme drives law careers being open to all, regardless of geographical location, social, economic, gender, racial or other denominations.”
TY Law Day
Our TY Law Day in a DEIS all girls school in Limerick each year works with 20 students in an intensive version of our full TY Programme. Facilitated by a group of seven of our partners, solicitors, trainees and HR personnel, the law day features presentations as above, a team work exercise “The Spaghetti Tower Challenge” (which is used in interview assessment centres to test communication and teamwork skills) and a Street Law style workshop (a winner is selected and offered a guaranteed place on our week long TY programme).
Eadaoin Jackson commented,
“Our TY Law Day, with an International Women’s Day theme, takes place in DEIS disadvantaged schools with a focus on women in the workplace and female role models. Department of Education’s DEIS School Plan is for education to become a proven pathway to better opportunities for those in communities at risk of disadvantage and social exclusion.”
Margaret McInerney, HR Manager, said,
“The students taking part in our programmes should be commended on their enthusiasm and interest in taking part. They showed fantastic skill and personal and professional growth throughout the programmes and conducted themselves to a very high standard.”
Alice Steen, Knowledge Manager, explains our wider commitments to education in our CSR strategy,
“Our initiative embodies our vision, mission and core values. We have a global commitment to education, through a variety of schemes including partnerships and supports to the University of Limerick and Institutes of Technology in Limerick, Galway-Mayo and Cork. We provide scholarships for UL and LIT students, pathways to legal career seminars, sponsorship of UL’s law school handbook, various enterprise and entrepreneur seminars, panels and awards. We also provide the business community with educational seminars on a range of legal areas. Within our own firm we have a continuing professional development training scheme with 30+ events per annum, together with supports for further education for personnel.”
Thank you to everyone who has worked on the programmes, the schools and the students who have taken part so far. We look forward to the winners being announced by Chambers Ireland in September.
For more information on the awards please visit Chambers Ireland’s website here.