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Judging Panel

LB Judge Photo 1Lydia Bleasdale is an associate professor in the School of Law, University of Leeds. As Director of Community Engagement she is responsible for the volunteering activities undertaken by law and criminal justice students, a role she performs alongside primarily teaching criminal law. Her research interests include student communities and resilience, and she is regularly asked to advise colleagues across the country on the development of pro bono initiatives. In 2018 she was named Law Teacher of the Year. 


NC Judge PhotoNick Clapham teaches Public Law and the Law of Evidence at the University of Surrey where he also leads on Student Engagement. He is interested in the notions of ‘personality and rapport within teaching’ and was the Law Teacher of the Year for 2017. Nick qualified as a solicitor and practiced as an officer in the Army Legal Services before entering teaching. He was appointed a Recorder in 2019.



DW Judge PhotoDawn Watkins is professor of law at the University of Leicester, where she was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in 2012. She was short-listed for the Law Teacher of the Year Award in 2013. Dawn’s varied research and teaching interests are in law and the humanities and in legal education, especially public legal education. She is also a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  




TY Judge PhotoTom Young is a senior commissioning editor in the higher education department of Oxford University Press. Tom’s career in academic publishing has focused on developing legal educational materials, at the heart of which has always been identifying and nurturing the new generation of writing and teaching talent.