03 Oct 2016

Law Society: Sisters in Law – opening the discussion – Exploring the issues that impact BAME women in the profession

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Event Date: 3rd October 2016

Are you interested in hearing from passionate researchers, having your voice heard and promoting the interests of BAME women solicitors everywhere? Current research tends to categorise and define women lawyers as one homogenous group, however there is little evidence that this captures the experiences of BAME women lawyers. Whilst there are many shared experiences with their white counterparts, there are also subtle differences and experiences for BAME women.

Are you interested in hearing from passionate researchers, having your voice heard and promoting the interests of BAME women solicitors everywhere?

Current research tends to categorise and define women lawyers as one homogenous group, however there is little evidence that this captures the experiences of BAME women lawyers. Whilst there are many shared experiences with their white counterparts, there are also subtle differences and experiences for BAME women.

Programme

18:00 – 18:30 Registration and refreshments

18:30 – 18:35 Welcome
Caroline Newman, chair, Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, The Law Society

18:35 – 18:55 Keynote address on current research into BAME women in the profession
Hilary Sommerlad, professor, University of Leeds

18:55 – 19:15 Q&A – Personal experiences of BAME women in the profession
Koser Shaheen, knowledge management attorney, Cleary Gottlieb

19:15 – 20:10 Group discussion and feedback

  • The main challenges you feel you face and continue to face in terms of your own progression
  • The improvements you feel could be made over the next three years to help with these challenges
  • Areas you feel that you would like us at The Law Society, researchers and firms to explore in greater depth.

20:10 – 20:15 Closing remarks

20:15 – 21:00 Networking reception

Why attend?

This event will look to bring together BAME women and provide a forum for discussion and possible solutions on key issues that impact your career development and progression. With the help of prominent researcher, Hilary Sommerlad, we hope to inform future research and direction with a group discussion.

Who should attend?

This event is for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women solicitors but is also open to other solicitors, including HR/diversity practitioners and law students with an interest in this area.

Find out more and book a place:
https://events.lawsociety.org.uk/ClientApps/Silverbear.Web.EDMS/public/default.aspx?tabid=37&id=1510&orgId=1

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