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Reiss is currently in his first six of pupillage, working under the supervision of Hannah Mettam.
Reiss graduated in 2020 from the University of Nottingham having studied Law with American Law (LLB) (Hons) for four years. Reiss spent his third year of study at the University of Texas at Austin, representing six clients on death row as a student attorney. Whilst there, Reiss also co-authored a report to the United Nations campaigning for improved awareness of the human rights implications of school shootings in the USA.
Reiss completed the Bar Practice Course with a Masters in Pro Bono in May 2021, achieving a Very Competent in the BPC and a Distinction in his Masters. Reiss’ Masters involved representing a client involved in Family Court proceedings and writing a reflective report afterwards. Reiss was chosen as a Class Representative whilst completing his postgraduate studies.
Reiss developed his passion for diversity and inclusion throughout university, volunteering for the University of Nottingham Pro Bono Society, leading one of its Projects, and ultimately being elected President in his final year. Reiss was awarded the Azlan Shah Prize by the University of Nottingham School of Law for his outstanding contribution to the life, work and wellbeing of the School as a multicultural community. In addition, Reiss received the Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program Award from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, as well as the Pro Bono Achievement Award from the University of Nottingham School of Law. Both awards recognise exemplary commitment to pro bono activities as a student.
After the Bar Course, Reiss worked as a paralegal at a large firm of family law solicitors for almost two years. Reiss quickly became significantly and exclusively involved in both private and public law children matters, commonly assisting clients who are/were victims of domestic violence and also those accused of the same. Reiss’ work involved advising clients on the law, their prospects and possible outcomes, taking their instructions, drafting their statements and preparing a variety of Court documents, Bundles and Briefs to Counsel. Additional to his work during Court proceedings, Reiss also regularly assisted clients before the Court setting, by negotiating private children disputes and representing clients throughout the Public Law Outline (PLO) process.
Reiss attended numerous advocates’ meetings and conferences with Counsel and his firm’s clients. He also presented the law and procedures surrounding domestic violence, Legal Aid and Family Court proceedings, to those supporting victims of domestic violence in the community, receiving positive feedback from the attendees.
Reiss has vast mentoring experience of students aspiring to study law at university, by reviewing their personal statements and offering general support in his spare time.
Inn of Court – Middle Temple