Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Diversity and inclusion is important within Lancaster University Law Society because equal opportunity and representation are values on which our law society is based. It is important to have a representative executive panel that reflects the various cultures, backgrounds, interests and passions of our members. From this we can then create opportunities for our members and students, directed towards both the realm of law and outside of it.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
This year, our Law Society has created a number of opportunities geared towards increasing diversity. Last month, the society organised the first ever Lancaster Law Society Black History Month Event. We invited distinguished legal professionals including a high-profile barrister, Sally Penni, and a well-known solicitor, Suzanne Reece. Our speakers discussed their experiences with race and gender in the legal profession. They also encouraged viewers to pursue their legal aspirations by providing them with suggestions on how to tackle diversity obstacles. Our careers officer has also run events regarding diversity and inclusion with speakers from law firms such as Brabners LLP, promoting the extension of diversity for future solicitors. In the Spring, the society will hold a Women in Law conference where several female legal professionals will be invited to share their experiences and provide tips on how to overcome obstacles relating to gender.
Vice President of Lancaster University Law Society, 2019-2020
The makeup of the Lancaster University Law Society this year is one of the most diverse executive committees that the school has ever had. Therefore, we as a society, have decided to use this platform to promote and foster diversity and inclusion throughout the entire university.
Academic Officer for Lancaster University Law Society, 2019-2020
We care about providing equal opportunities for all within the Law Society. Here at Lancaster, equality is a fundamental part of our day to day lives, we are therefore constantly looking for new ways to ensure our society is fulfilling its expectations with regards to diversity and inclusion.