The idea of establishing SALAR was conceptualized by two founders, namely, Professor Louise McKinney of the Milton Kramer Law Clinic of Case University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and Ms. Joy K. Asiema, the current Patron of SALAR, a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Public Law, University of Nairobi, School of Law.
Before becoming members of SALAR, students undergo special training on client interviewing and counselling skills, fact investigation, legal writing and research methodology, case file management and professional ethics.
SALAR collaborates with legal aid NGOs at local, regional and international levels. Students of the School of Law who are registered members of SALAR interview live clients to obtain their case history. They then carry out research and write briefs on those cases. The briefs are then forwarded to the NGOs. Using these briefs, the NGOs refer the cases to their pro bono lawyers for action. The students carry out these functions under the supervision of the Patron and other professionals that SALAR partners with.
SALAR is a means by which students give back to the community for the privilege of being in the noble profession of Law. They do this by providing legal aid and outreach services through the organisations it collaborates with. SALAR also provides an avenue for students to engage in a wide range of research activities with the aim of advancing student intellectual capacity and research prowess. Currently, SALAR in collaboration with Literature Africa Foundation, mentors pupils of two primary schools in Korogocho slums. In addition, SALAR offers legal aid, mentors and organizes football matches with Kamiti Youth Corrective Training Centre (KYCTC)./p>
Quotes from Members
SALAR has provided me with numerous opportunities to assist and work together with community members through practical application of my legal training.-Kelvin Mbatia Secretary General - SALAR
Joining SALAR one of the best decisions in my University Career. I would advise all students in University of Nairobi Law Campus to join.-Faith Kyalo Member - SALAR