Why is D&I important to your Law Society?
Diversity and inclusion is of importance to our Law Society because of the current state of the legal industry. There is an increasing awareness of the need to have diverse workplaces where legal knowledge can be shared, and new ideas can be brought by people from different backgrounds. Inclusion is particularly important to our society as we believe that every individual regardless of their background should be well represented.
Highlights of ways that your Law Society has tried to increase diversity
Our Law Society is currently at a stage where diversity and inclusion is high on the agenda. Our current committee is the most diverse in our society’s history, comprising of individuals from BAME and the LGBT community. The fact that 60% of the committee is female is a further testament as to how committed the law society is to increasing diversity. Aspiring Solicitors has been particularly crucial in increasing the level of diversity within the law school. We are currently targeting individuals with disabilities to make them aware of the legal opportunities available to them. We have also reached out more to the African Caribbean Society and the British Asian Society to encourage more members interested in a legal career to join Aspiring Solicitors.
President of the York Law Society, 2019-2020
Our Law Society has made great strides this year to improve diversity within the society. We recently collaborated with the African Caribbean Society at the University to host a workshop where Clyde & Co came to give application advice for individuals from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. We are also committed to ensuring that as many law students as possible, regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexual orientation become members of the society and are aware of the opportunities that are available to them.