LJMU Law students learn from District Judge

08 February 2012

On Tuesday 31 January, the School of Law was honoured and delighted to host a guest lecture by District Judge Tony Woodburn, Liverpool Civil and Family Courts.

Judge Woodburn said:
"I would like to thank Dr Anna Carline, her colleagues and Students of Liverpool John Moores University for allowing me to discuss with them some of the practical issues arising when the County Court deals with money and property claims following a marriage break up."

"The lecture was well received by very engaged students. I felt that the best way of communicating the practical application of the law, practice and procedure in this area of Family Law was in two parts; the first dealing with the principles, practice and procedure and in the second part seeking to apply what was discussed to a fictional case study prepared by me and distributed to the students. Intelligent and relevant questions were asked by the students in relation to the case study.

"The informal gathering of students and lecturers after the event was very enjoyable. It enabled more specific questions to be put by students as to the subject matter of the lecture and also as to career development in the current economic climate.

"As a Diversity and Community Relations Judge, this successful event enabled me to engage with a section of the Liverpool Community with a view to improving their knowledge of and links with Civil and Family judges in Liverpool."

The event was a great success, with very positive feedback from the LLB Level 6 Family Law students.
Bethan Sayle (student) commented:

"The lecture was insightful and engaging, particularly as it was delivered by a Judge who deals with the subject on a daily basis."

The use of the case study in particular was considered to be very helpful.

Simon Hale-Ross (student) added:

"The case study was an excellent addition to the lecture, putting to good use the information we had just heard."

Students were also inspired by Judge Woodburn.

Holly Skelton (student) said:

"District Judge Woodburn encouraged students by offering advice and answering questions regarding becoming a solicitor in this tough climate."

Vicky Horsfield (student) added:

"The lecture was extremely influential and has made me want to enter the family legal profession even more."
Image of LJMU students and lecturers with District Judge Woodburn 
Pictured: Elizabeth McIlory, law student, Daniel Reilly, law student, District Judge Tony Woodburn, Simon Hale-Ross, law student, Professor Peter de Cruz, Dr Anna Carline, Senior Law Lecturer

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