Mellon Senior Scholar: Prof. Donald Nicholson

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Senior Mellon Scholar, Prof Donald Nicholson, inspires Faculty members, clinicians and students

Prof Donald Nicolson, OBE, (from the University of Strathclyde) spent a week at the Rhodes Law Faculty and Law Clinic on a prestigious Senior Mellon Scholarship. He has published in various areas, predominantly on legal ethics and clinical legal education, evidence, law and gender, feminist legal theory and adjudication. His current research interests are in the areas of evidence and lawyers’ ethics, with particular reference to moral development. His rallying call to the Law Faculty was to interrogate the meaning of access to justice in the new South Africa. Amidst intense discussions on possible collaboration and learning opportunities, Prof Nicolson co-taught with Prof Jonathan Campbell on consultation skills, presented a staff seminar on Making Lawyers Moral Through Education and conducted a workshop/discussion group with clinicians at the Rhodes Law Clinic. The Law Faculty looks forward towards collaborating with Prof Nicolson, specifically in line with its mission statement of commitment to the values entrenched in the Constitution and the Faculty’s aim to ‘promote a sense of justice, tolerance and equity in our staff and students, so enabling them to become responsible, productive and ethical members of society.