‘Inspiration Evening’ coincides with Black History Month
THE achievements of Black and Asian lawyers are celebrated by the Law Society this month with a series of high profile events at Chancery Lane.
An ‘Inspiration evening’ on 14 October, presented and chaired by Channel 4 journalist Samira Ahmed, sees top Black and Asian judges discussing a range of topics from motivation to join the judiciary to their experiences on the bench, including Rabinder Singh QC, the first Asian High Court judge.
The Society will also roll out a programme of events throughout October aimed at encouraging BAME (Black Asian & Minority Ethnic) people considering a career in law as well as recognising the achievements of very talented individuals.
A careers diversity event on Monday 17 October for school children will include a mock trial, workshops, a legal quiz and an opportunity to meet BAME practicing lawyers.
The events coincide with Black History Month.
Law Society president John Wotton said: “The number of BAME lawyers carving out a career in the judiciary is increasing and a diverse judiciary is central to a fair and balanced justice system. Similarly, the legal profession throughout needs to embrace diversity- from a social justice perspective and to effectively serve the needs of its client base.
“Holding these events not only recognises the great work that goes on throughout the profession but highlights the challenges and obstacles that remain.
“We have asked inspirational people to come along and share their experiences in what is sure to be a very valuable learning experience and networking opportunity.”