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'Fitting tribute' to much-loved and sadly missed Law lecturer

A much-missed Law lecturer would have been honoured to know of the prize and plaque unveiled in her memory, said her widower.

Deborah Evenden, known as Debs, was a principal lecturer and successful solicitor who died suddenly of myocarditis, a heart disease, last Boxing Day.

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Her family - husband John, sons Charlie and Joe and brother Nigel - were invited to the Business and Law prizegiving ceremony, which rewards outstanding De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) graduates.

The first Debs Evenden Memorial Prize for Best Student on the Family Law and Practice Elective was awarded to Idara Osung, and this was followed by the unveiling of a plaque above the DMU Law Clinic.

John said: "Debs would have been honoured to think this had been done for her. The award and plaque are a fitting tribute to Debs, myself, our two sons and Nigel, her brother.

"Debs was simply mummy to the boys but to see all this and how respected she was in her professional capacity is really important for them.

"She was a great solicitor and lecturer. She was successful in everything she did."

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Debs was admitted as a solicitor in 1992. She worked in private practice specialising in family and child law and was head of the family department of a large East Midlands law firm. 

She began her teaching career at DMU in January 2000 and was known for her intelligence and integrity as well as her warm, caring nature and highly developed sense of wit.

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Tim Hillier, acting head of Leicester De Montfort Law School, said it was a sad occasion but also a celebration of Debs' life.

He said: "We wanted a practical way to remember her, and now have a prize in her memory, but we also wanted to link her with the law clinic, which she was very much involved with.

"Next year we are starting an undergraduate law clinic module, something she was keen to set up, and I like to think she'd be pleased and proud of us.

"This is to commemorate Debs. We miss her."

The Reverend Hilary Surridge, DMU's Chaplain, gave a few words and family and friends, including members of the local legal community, also took time to focus on their own memories of Debs.

Posted on Friday 3rd February 2017

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