Student groups are key to this. The groups provide a platform for students to become closely involved with Amicus. Student groups raise funds for us, increase awareness about the use of capital punishment in the US and inspire participation in our US placement programmes.
The point of contact between a student group and Amicus is the student representative. Amicus recruits student representatives every year. In the 2020/21 academic year we had 43 reps at 32 universities, they worked incredibly hard to spread awareness and raise funds for the Amicus cause!
What do Student Reps do?
Encourage students to become Amicus members
Encourage students to come to Amicus Training
Amicus student groups are in a great position to learn more and spread the word about death penalty issues. Every student group has the opportunity to host information sessions by Amicus staff members, former Amicus interns, exonerees and lawyers associated with the charity. At our bi-annual US Death Penalty Training, students will hear from experts in capital defence law and gain invaluable insight into the subject.
Fundraise & organise events
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Advice from previous Student Reps
Alice, UON rep 2015-6, offers advice about fundraising:
"Fundraising was one of my favourite parts about being an Amicus student representative. I managed to raise quite a bit of money for the charity over the year, but these are my main tips for fundraising:
- Try to have a lot of diversity: big sponsored events (I did a charity skydive) can bring in a lot of money, but events like bake sales widen your audience.
- Try and think outside the box and do fun events you haven’t seen before.
- Don’t stop! Fundraising events are fun to plan and don’t take up too much time – I tried to to do one every month."
Patrick, KCL rep 2016-17, gives some tips about getting sponsored places on our training course for students:
"In KCL's case, we were quite lucky in that we have had a relationship with the firm who sponsored us going back several years, so we already had that contact established. Having said that I do have a few pointers:
- Inform the firm of your plans for the year, explain how you are looking to develop the project throughout the year.
- Personalise each email. Look on the firm's website to see if they've done much pro bono work in the past that you can point to and say that Amicus' ethos aligns with the firm's ethos of pro bono.
- Talk to the firm's student rep in your university and ask whether they know a specific contact that would be suitable for reaching out to. They might know if the firm has a designated contact for sponsorship or pro bono related matters."
Upcoming student events
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Amicus student representatives at King's College London have just launched Amicus Reflections, a blog detailing their thoughts on the death penalty. It is a student-run, cross-university blog and they welcome submissions from all students interested in the cause. Take a look and get in touch with them!
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