Tara joined the faculty of the Warwick University School of Law in 2016. She is currently completing her PhD in Law at Birkbeck College. She also holds an MRes in Law (Distinction) from Birkbeck College and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Prior to joining Warwick, she taught at Birkbeck College, the London School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has also worked as a consultant and education coordinator for Law for Life: the Foundation for Public Legal Education.
Roger Smith OBE is an English solicitor who has worked in the field of legal services and human rights and written widely about them. He is a visiting professor at London South Bank University, a past director of the Legal Action Group and also of JUSTICE. He is a past director of Legal Education and Training for the Law Society of England and Wales. He holds an honorary doctorate from Westminster University.
He has undertaken various international consultancies on legal aid and published a number of international comparative studies. He is responsible for a newsletter on legal aid developments for the International Legal Aid Group.
Chief Executive, Law for Life: Foundation for Public Legal Education
Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in social welfare law working in the advice and community sector. She has a background in legal aid casework, youth and community development and regeneration. She has also been a consultant and researcher in advice needs, international human rights and more recently has been leading public legal education research and programming.
She specialises in PLE in the context of access to justice both in the UK and abroad; her expertise is in bringing together theory and practice, policy development and designing community education programmes to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
She is researching a PhD in law and critical theory and co-convenes clinical teaching at Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London.