Sheffield honour for justice campaigner Doreen Lawrence

Baroness Doreen Lawrence is to receive an honorary degree from Sheffield Hallam University.
Baroness Doreen Lawrence is to receive an honorary degree from Sheffield Hallam University.
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Mum Doreen Lawrence – who has fought for justice since her son, Stephen, was murdered in a racist attack – is to be honoured by a Sheffield university.

The 60-year-old has just entered the House of Lords as a new Labour peer with the title Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.

She will come to Sheffield next month to receive an honorary doctorate after being nominated by staff from Sheffield Hallam University’s law and criminology department.

Hallam has been a key supporter of the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme, set up to address the lack of black men from low-income households pursuing a career at leading London law firms.

Hallam is one of only 15 universities taking part in the scheme set up by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Sital Dhillon, head of law and criminology, said: “We are delighted to confer this award. Baroness Lawrence is an iconic figure who has tirelessly campaigned for justice for her son Stephen.

“She shares with Hallam an unfaltering commitment to encourage more young black students to pursue careers with leading law firms in London.”

Two men were last year finally jailed for Stephen’s murder – 19 years after the 18-year-old was fatally stabbed in Eltham, London.