Projects In AY 2005-06

  • Roundtable conference on ‘Negotiations- Need, Opportunity and Skills’
  • Preparation of Public Legal Education Modules

Projects In AY 2007-08

  • Judicial Management Research Project in association with National Judicial Academy.
  • Representation made to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Pre-Trial Negotations and Mediation Procedures.
  • Assisted KSLSA in preparing a module on Permanent LokAdalats
  • Assisted Karnataka State Women’s Commission in preparing module on Domestic Violence.

Projects In AY 2008-09

  • Prisons Project- A project that aimed to assist under-trials in securing bail.
  • A PIL group was started in association with Poovayya and Co. to research into areas that require PILs and assist Poovayya and Co in filing them.
  • A project regarding Child Rights Law and Prevention of Child Labour was started in association with the organisation ‘Justice and Care’.
    The LSC Library was catalogued.

Projects In AY 2009-10

  • Members of the LSC attended trained with the KSLSA, LokAyukta and Karnataka Human Rights Commission on conducting an exhaustive survey on those who have received the Below Poverty Line Card.
  • The 2 members subsequently trained 120 more law students on the same.
  • LSC co-ordinated an NGO Mapping Project with a firm working on social investments.
  • Workshop was conducted on Animal Rights at the Mysore Zoo wildlife club.

Projects In AY 2011-12

  • Module prepared on Economic Rights of Women for the Center for Public Policy, IIM.
  • Research project on implementation of Juvenile Justice Act.
  • Research project on NAC Draft Bill on Unorganised Sector.
  • Launch of ‘Putani Express’, a month-long project that worked with children of construction workers on NLSIU campus, which involved teaching the children English, Kannada, Maths, General Knowledge, Craft, Dance, Music and Sport. The children were also taken to the doctor, enrolled at the nearby government school and were taken to a science museum.

Projects In AY 2012-13

  • Continuation of Prisons Project. The LSC collaborated with an eminent criminal lawyer. Visits were made to prisons and police stations and information was collected. Unfortunately, this project had to be dropped due to logistical constraints.
  • The Putani Express project was continued, where a second batch of children were enrolled in schools. Assistance with transport, stationery, etc was also given.
  • Association with Public Practice Initiative, where the LSC prepared and sent small write-ups on law in practice.
  • A project was begun in association with State Commission for Persons with Disabilities, where members of the LSC were to visit the commission once a month and handle case files. However, it had to subsequently be dropped due to problems in co-ordination.

Projects In AY 2013-14

  • The Juvenile Justice Report concerns with the functioning of the juvenile justice institutions such as Observation Homes, and functioning of the Juvenile Justice Boards in Karnataka. This report also studied the institutional implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act.
  • To address the lack of legal aid, an effort was made to widen the horizon of legal aid through law colleges. The students took the initiative to provide assistance to some colleges in Karnataka to set up their own legal aid clinics. The students provided the participating law colleges with information on how to handle clients, documents like client information sheets, and sample case files to help them set up a functioning clinic. The students also provided scripts for the legal literacy programmes, sample posters, and a detailed report of how the Legal Services Clinic is managed.
  • In order to improve legal awareness, the students published a handbook on ‘Consumer Law in India’. The handbook dealt with the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 as well as consumer rights. The handbook’s main objective was to simplify the legal provisions so that the layman could understand. The handbook was distributed locally.
  • The newsletters dealt with numerous items of current interest and simplified aspects of law handy to the common man. The newsletters also had write ups about NGOs active in the locality. The newsletters were distributed locally.
  • The students filed the Writ Petition: BasavanagoudaPatil&Ors. V. State of Karnataka and Ors., to oversee the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act in Karnataka State. The Karnatka High Court passed orders to fill up the vacancies created at several District Forums across the State of Karnataka.
  • Assisted the BruhatLokAdalat held in Bengaluru. The students summarised cases for pending Motor Accidents Claims Appeals and co-ordinated the efforts of volunteers and arranging logistics.

Projects In AY 2014-15

  • Two newsletters covering the Juvenile Justice Act, the Goonda Act, Tobacco law, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, the law governing the rights of persons with disabilities, tribal righst, information on how to get a driving license, and write ups about NGOs were published and distributed locally to promote legal awareness.
  • This initiative which began in the previous year and published this year addresses the issue of lack of legal awareness. The book addresses topics from various fields of law such as family law, consumer law, property law and criminal law. The book simplifies the legal jargon in layman’s terms. The books were distributed through local NGOs.
  • In collaboration with the Centre for Child and the Law, NLSIU, the students organised programmes in a local Government school and in an auditorium to demonstrate the issues surrounding anganwadis, midday meal schemes, public distribution system, cash transfers in food security, and farmer suicides.
  • In assistance of ThinkPeace, an NGO in the neighbouring State of Andhra Pradesh – which aims to improve living conditions of tribal villages, the students created and provided material on legal awareness of tribal rights, senior citizen laws and disability laws along with the material used in the legal literacy programmes.

Projects In AY 2015-16

ILAAN

  • Recognising the need of an organisation that connects the legal aid and awareness organisations across the country, the Legal Services Clinic established Indian Legal Aid and Awareness Network (ILAAN). The ILAAN consists of aroun 15 organisations, including the likes of HRLN, Centre for Social Justice, etc. It is supposed to connect not only the legal aid organisations with each other, but also make them collectively easily accessbie to laypersons. The network has also started its online platform www.ilaan.org We envisage that the network will result into many collaborative ventures among the member organisations. The network was officially launched at National Legal Aid Conference organised by Gandhinagar National Law University (GNLU).

RTI Bootcamp

  • We conducted an RTI Bootcamp on 23rd April, 2016, so that the students can gain necessary insights and learn how to file RTIs. The session was attended by Sridhar Madhubhashi (Central Information Commissioner), Prof. Vijaykumar, and Prof. Sairam Bhat. The Bootcamp was divided into two sessions. The first session dealt with the ongoing debates under the RTI Law and policy challenges. The second session was a training session open to both students and outside audience. The boot camp saw a considerable turnout of both students and outsiders.

Death Penalty Panel Discussion

  • On 18th May, 2016, the LSC organised a discussion on the Death Penalty Report released by NLU-Delhi. The panel comprised of Dr. AnupSurendranath, the lead author of the report, and Prof. KunalAmbasta. The session was moderated by Ms. Shreya Prakash, a fifth year student at NLSIU. Panel discussion was followed by a fruitful and interactive question answer session with the audience.

Projects In AY 2016-17

Newsletters promoting legal awareness

  • To promote legal awareness, one newsletter covering the topics of bail, tobacco law, maintenance of wife and children, how to get a drving license and with practical tips for litigation was published both in English and Kannada and circulated in city buses.

Indian Legal Aid and Awareness Network

  • Continuing last year’s initiative to improve qualitatitvely and quantitatively the programmes for legal aid and promoting legal awareness, the studentsliased with students from colleges in Bengaluru and outside and created a portal for resource sharing.

Contract Workers’ Project

  • To assist with the regularisation of contract workers working in the area, the workers were interviewed, the opinions of legal counsels sought, data collected along with research on labour laws.  The workers’ efforts for regularisation are still pending.

Construction Workers’ Project

  • To improve the welfare of construction workers in the area. Studies of various laws were conducted and around thirty construction workers were surveyed as to the conditions of their work. A lawyer was consulted and the initiative continues to be in progress.