UCL Laws LLB alumna Lorraine Chimbga awarded Best International Future Lawyer Award
21 June 2017
UCL Laws LLB alumna Lorraine Chimbga has been awarded the Best International Future Lawyer Award by AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, on the topic of “The impact of technology on the law and/or on the legal profession.”
Lorraine entered the competition with a research essay that answered the question “Will the increasing use of technology in law invigorate or diminish legal professionalism as the nature of information in the Digital Society changes?”
The essay is a condensed version of her dissertation that she originally submitted for the Practice and Ethics module, convened by Professor Richard Moorhead. Lorraine’s essay explores the often-overlooked historical development and relationship between technology and the legal profession. She demonstrates that in the same way that the printing press revolutionized legal practice, the increasing use of technology does not diminish the legal profession where it actively develops, adapts and harnesses technology in order to once again define and set the parameters of what legal professionalism as a public good entails in the Digital Age.
Lorraine Chimbga said:
‘I am so honoured and excited to win such a prestigious award for a subject that I am passionate about. I can’t wait to attend the annual congress in Japan later on this year where I will receive my award.
I am also looking forward to the programme of workshops that will cover the future of law and how we deal with technological developments and innovate as a profession.’
Lorraine will receive her award at the International Young Lawyers’ Congress taking place in Tokyo in August 2017.