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30 Aug 17

A paralegal's tale

Janet Rieu-Clarke, the Law Society’s accredited paralegal, explains the path that led her to new role at the Society and the rationale behind the new accredited paralegal status.

30 Aug 17

A call to vote from John Scott

John Scott QC urges his fellow solicitor advocates to vote for their dedicated representative

29 Aug 17

No globalisation without representation...

Katie Hay discusses the globalisation of the legal market and urges Scottish solicitors working internationally, to get involved

24 Jul 17

Bringing the world to "world-class"

Sarah Sutton, digital communications executive at the Law Society of Scotland, talks about her bright idea to ensure international representation on the Society’s Council

26 Jun 17

The Debate - backstage, front of house and top tips

In this mini-series of blogs, three key players in the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament share their individual perspectives of the event.

19 Jun 17

Got a passion for the profession?

Could one of the 23 current vacancies for 16 different committees be just right for you?

28 Apr 17

Professional Practice - advising the advisers

Scottish solicitors help their clients through some of the most momentous occasions of their lives, personal or professional, good or bad. But where do solicitors turn for support? Prof Prac, that's where.

1 Nov 16

How getting involved in debating can change your life

Head of education Rob Marrs explains how getting involved in debating, whether as competitor or judge, can be incredibly rewarding. And more importantly, he explains how to win a debate.

14 Oct 16

Career development and volunteering at the Law Society of Scotland

If you want to enhance your career, develop your skills or just give back to your profession, there are lots of different personal and professional development opportunities at the Society

4 Oct 16

Going international – a Scots lawyer's week at the IBA

John Morgan, a newly qualified solicitor at Brodies, recently received a scholarship from the International Bar Association to attend its annual conference in Washington DC. He tells of his experience

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The Debate - backstage, front of house and top tips

26 Jun 17

In this mini-series of blogs, three key players in the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament share their individual perspectives of the event.

Now in its 18th year, the Donald Dewar Memorial Debate is Scotland’s biggest debating tournament. Run by the Law Society of Scotland, this year’s competition welcomed 128 teams in the opening heats and after two further challenging rounds, just four schools pitted their wits against one another in the grand final in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament .

The motion in this year’s final proposed that, “This house would deny smokers free access to healthcare” and the finalists responded with such agility and flair that the judges had a difficult time wading through the talent to identify the victors.

Needless to say, an enormous amount of planning and preparation goes into ensuring that the event lives up to the success of previous years.

In the short series which follows, three bloggers share their personal experiences and interactions with the tournament – all very different and all make great reading.

The Debate – planning, prep and pressure to get it right

Lyndsey Thomson is the Society's careers and outreach coordinator. Lyndsey works on a number of education and training initiatives and having recently taken on the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament, she tells us about the planning and preparation that goes on behind the scenes in the months running up to the event.

Click here to enjoy Lyndsey's blog

The Debate – what the judges want

Victoria Lane is a senior solicitor at Brodies LLP and a part-time tutor at Edinburgh University. Victoria's debating experience kicked off in the Donald Dewar Debating tournament when she was still at school and continued throughout her university career. A judge in this year's tournament, Victoria blogs about how debaters can give themselves the edge over the competition.

Click here to enjoy Victoria's blog

The Debate – three perspectives, one set of eyes

Sarah Sutton is our digital communications specialist, but in her former role as media communications executive, Sarah looked after the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament. She has also sat on the judging panel on a number of occasions and in this year’s final, she relished the opportunity to savour the debate from the spectators' gallery. Sarah blogs about her experiences of the competition from three different perspectives.

Click here to enjoy Sarah's blog.

If you enjoyed our mini-series, visit the Law Society of Scotland website to read more about the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament and watch a video of some of the key moments from a previous year's competition.


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10 Jul 17

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13 Mar 17

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13 Feb 17

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9 Jan 17

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