Centenary Celebrations

The Student Law Society of NUI Galway are delighted to unveil our programme of events which mark the 100th Anniversary of the Law Society in NUIG. NUIG LawSoc is one of the largest, most active, and most vibrant societies on campus and in celebrating 100 years is now one of the oldest and pre-eminent societies in Ireland. LawSoc fosters unity amongst students, providing them with a social outlet. LawSoc is highly regarded within NUIG, a University which is in many ways defined by societies –  the Law Society’s focus is on engaging its members but, more importantly, making their college experience a memorable one.

To mark our centenary, we are hosting a series of virtual events featuring some of the most respected legal minds in the country. We strongly encourage you to participate in these once in a century events. All events take place online, and registration is essential. Registration is first come first served via Eventbrite. Students are also invited to our Virtual Law Ball, on Friday March 5th.

Our Webinar Events over the course of the week will feature guests including The Honourable Mr Justice Frank Clarke (Chief Justice of Ireland, President of the Supreme Court), Dr Tom Courtney (Author of ‘The Law of Companies’, FE1 Company Law Examiner, NUIG Alumnus), NUIG alumni representatives from A&L Goodbody Solicitors, Frank Greaney (Courts Correspondent for Newstalk/Today FM, multi-award winning Journalist and NUIG Alumnus).

On Monday March 8th, LawSoc marks the end of our Centenary celebrations with a Webinar marking ‘International Women’s Day, with guests Michele O’Boyle (2020 President of the Law Society of Ireland (NUIG Graduate)), Maura McNally (Chair of the Bar Council of Ireland, (NUIG Graduate)) and Anne Marie McMahon, Deputy Commissioner of An Garda Síochána. The event will be moderated by Ursula Connolly, Lecturer.

Events are opened to the public, and early booking is advisable. Registration for each event is via Eventbrite. For more information see NUI Galway Law Society Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn pages.

Niamh Lynch, Auditor of the Law Society said;

During such unprecedented times for the world over, I am reminded of the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that “so often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune”.

We are delighted to launching our LawSoc100 Centenary Celebrations. We  hope that the celebrations will allow us an opportunity to reflect on the last 100 years of the Law Society, which has grown to become one of the largest societies in NUI Galway, and indeed one of the oldest in the Country.

We also hope that the celebration events will show the adaptability, perseverance and tenacity of the Society in reaching this significant milestone – traits which we aspire to in the present times.

The past 100 years have taught us that adaptability and catering to changing times are assets which have become embedded into the values of the Society. Here, at LawSoc, we hope our attempt at embracing persistence throughout these challenging times, will result in good fortune for the society and its members. We stand at such a significant time in history and we intend to reflect that through our recent developments of further expansion into the digital world, examples being from our podcast ‘The Legal Lens with NUI Galway’s Law Society’; to our monthly LawSoc Gazette Newsletters; to these very celebrations.

I hope you enjoy the Centenary Celebrations, and that you can join us as we journey the new chapter of our Society’s history.

Patrick McWalter, Vice-Auditor of the Law Society commented;

At the very core of LawSoc’s character is the desire for community, debate, engagement, and kinship – it is for this reason that we are more determined than ever before to ensure that we mark this momentous occasion- given that our community is now physically further apart than ever before. The Law Ball is the highlight of every Law Student’s calendar in NUIG, and for that reason we will be hosting our online Law Ball – let it never be said that an invisible virus stopped us from marking our Centenary in style.

We, as a Society, are honoured to be joined by some of the brightest legal minds in the Country for our celebrations, and we know that our members – past and present – will find these events both stimulating and engaging.

As we stand at the end point of our first centenary, and as we look towards our next 100 years as a Society, we hope as a Society to proudly carry the baton from the previous ninety-nine committees, and to look towards the hundred years knowing that there is nothing that can weather the desire for citizenship, debate, and most of all, togetherness with our friends, colleagues and members.

President of NUI Galway, Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh commented on the Centenary;

“The Society encapsulates what NUI Galway is about – here for our Students, for civic Society, in terms of social justice, human rights and how we maintain good society more generally. The Law Society encapsulates values of respect for each other, excellence, openness and sustainability.

The 100th Anniversary is significant in that the Society has sustained the student traditions over the years – a place I remember as one of oratory and  welcome.

The Law Society starts a new century now, and in doing so we recognise the importance of law in Society, especially for those most vulnerable in Society who very often need the protection of law.”

We are honoured to be joined by outstanding guests, including notable NUIG alumni, who have volunteered their time to help mark this momentous occasion.

Events & Registration

The Honourable Mr Justice Frank Clarke Chief Justice of Ireland, President of the Supreme Court

Monday 1st March, 5-6pm

Free Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/141820399633

Dr Tom Courtney Author of ‘The Law of Companies’, FE1 Company Law Examiner, NUIG Alumnus.

The Conflicting Interests of Company Directors”

Tuesday 2nd March, 5-6pm

Free Registration : https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/141723000309

A&L Goodbody Solicitors, Dublin Brian O’Malley, Partner; Bríd Nic Suibhne, Senior Associate, Employment; Eugenée Mulhern, Senior Adviser, Corporate and M&A; Eoghan Kenny, Senior Manager, Data Projects (All NUIG Alumni)

Back to the Future: How an International Law Firm has evolved over 100 years, and is preparing for the next 100.

Wednesday 3rd March, 5-6pm

Free Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/141854820587

Mr Frank Greaney, Courts Correspondent for Newstalk/Today FM, multi-award winning Journalist and NUIG Alumnus.

“Media and the Law”

Thursday 4th March, 5-6pm

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/141727036381

The Roaring 20’s, at a distance – The Virtual LawSoc Law Ball featuring cocktail making demonstrations, Comedian and MC Tom O’Mahony from Damo & Ivor, Republic of Telly and Irish Pictorial Weekly, Spot Prizes and lots more.

Friday 5th March, 7-9pm

Tickets €10 from SocsBox website, (redeemable against your cocktail ingredients). https://cutt.ly/Ck4G4AA

Michele O’Boyle 2020 President of the Law Society of Ireland (NUIG Graduate), Maura McNally (Chair of the Bar Council of Ireland) and Anne Marie McMahon, Deputy Commissioner of An Garda Síochána Moderated by Ursula Connolly, School of Law, NUIG.

Women in Law : “Celebrating International Women’s Day”

Monday 8th March 2020, 5-6pm

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/nuig-lawsoc-celebrates-international-womens-day-tickets-142226387955

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, #LawSoc100 will surely be a celebration to remember!

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