CJLD Charity Ball – UPDATE

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There was a fire this morning at our venue, the Cambridge University Arms Hotel, and fire crews have been in attendance since the early hours.

We do not yet have any information from the hotel, but we are waiting to hear back from them with an update.

Updates will be posted on the website and on Twitter (@CJLD13).

The Ball Committee

CJLD Easter Pub Quiz

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Dear CJLD members

We are delighted to invite you to an Easter-themed pub quiz onThursday 11 April 2013 at 6.30 pm. This will be held at the Empress pub on Thoday Street, Cambridge CB1 3AX. We have the lounge section reserved from 6.30 to 9.30 pm. For further details please see their website:

There is no fee for entering the quiz, but please do arrive promptly and ready to start the quiz at 7 pm. There will be a bar tab for drinks and prizes for the winners, all sponsored by Wesleyan.

We will send email reminders closer to the date, but in the meantime if you would like to attend, please RSVP to or by Friday 5 April with your team name and participants.

Let the egg-citing fun begin!

Many thanks

Your social secretaries,

Emma and Yasemin

CJLD’s first social event of 2013…

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The first event of 2013 is finally here….

CJLD Celebrates the Year of the Snake – Thursday 21 February 2013


To welcome the year of the snake, the CJLD would like to invite you for a Chinese meal on Thursday 21 February. This will take place at Yim Wah Express (probably the best Chinese in Cambridge!) on Lensfield Road.


It will cost £15 for the evening’s menu. There will also be a bar tab for drinks.


We will send out emails closer to the event with more details, but in the meantime if you would like to attend please RSVP to or by Friday 15 February. Let us know if you are a vegetarian or have any dietary requirements.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Your social secretaries,

Yasemin and Emma

CJLD “Masquerade” Ball – Saturday 27 October 2012 !!!

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You are cordially invited to the   CJLD “Masquerade” Ball 2012  on Saturday 27 October 2012 at Girton College, Cambridge.

Join us for an evening of mystery, intrigue and illusion…

–         Drinks reception in the Fellows’ Rooms from 18:30.

–         Dinner served in the Great Hall at 19:30

–         Carriages at midnight

–         Dress Code: Black tie and masks

Tickets cost £50 for members and £55 for non-members and include:

–         A drinks reception

–         A three course meal

–         Wine and after dinner coffee.

There will be mystery entertainers as well as a DJ and disco going late into the night.

A charity raffle will be held during the evening with all proceeds going to Addenbrookes Charitable Trust. There will also be a prize for the most extravagant mask, so go all out and show your creative flair.

To purchase tickets, please contact either Amy Baird ( or Sarah Atkinson ( by 1 October 2012.  Partners and friends are more than welcome.  We look forward to seeing you all there!


The CJLD Ball is kindly sponsored by:

CJLD 2012 social calendar: the first six months

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The May event saw the CJLD members in a more studious mood than usual, as Wesleyan for Lawyers hosted an interactive seminar on saving and investing.  Members at the drinks afterwards (discussing wild mis-management of their own finances) all agreed the session was a useful eye-opener.

This was preceded in April by an event uniquely calculated to scare away the shy and uncoordinated, with a Salsa class at St Pauls Church on Hills Road.  Attendees have assured us it was a great night, with a dance-off resulting in a Kindle being awarded to Beth Thomas of Mills & Reeve.

March saw the hosting of one of the jewels in the CJLD crown, the Pub Quiz.  The teams were generally baffled, with questions like “What is the actual colour of an airplane’s black box” causing consternation and barely-concealed anger.  The ‘Quiz Stains’ won first place, collecting their prizes in front of a resentful crowd.

The early events served as a decent introduction for the new CJLD members, with festive drinks held in December followed by cocktails in January at the Snug.  Things got slightly more serious in February with a sit-down Italian meal – memorable to most as being just about the longest meal in history.  This all helped to ensure, however, that the ice was well and truly thawed for the subsequent events.

Massive thanks go to Lilly Hamilton and Saskia Molekamp, the CJLD Social Secretaries, for their hard work in organising these events, and also the sponsors.

National JLD Annual Conference & Ball in Liverpool (28 April 2012)

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If you are interested in attending the National JLD annual conference & ball in Liverpool, please make the booking as soon as possible. The conference and ball will be held on Saturday 28 April 2012 at Liverpool John Moores University and Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool.  I attach below a link to the webpage where you can view the details of the event and make the reservation.

During the conference there will be seminars about lawyering skills and face-to-face CV clinics throughout the day.  The CV clinics are provided on a first come first served basis, so the earlier you make the reservation the better.

Any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Kind regards


Jing Xu (National Representative for CJLD)

Nominations for JLD Pro Bono Award 2012

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If you are actively involved in Pro Bono work, or think some of your colleagues deserve being rewarded for their hard work in this respect, please bear in mind that nominations for the above prestigious award are only open till 2 April. This award is part of LawWorks’ annual awards and is aimed at recognising the pro bono work undertaken by individual trainees and solicitors with up to five years post-qualification experience.

As a gentle reminder:

  • The award does not include students. Students have a separate award through LawWorks and the Attorney General Student Awards.
  • This award is intended for individuals only. Any organisation employing a nominated individual will not be referenced at all.
  • Nominations close on 2 April 2012.

For further information including the nomination form and guidance visit

Thank you very much for your attention. And good luck to you all!

Jing Xu (National JLD Representative)