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Seeking new Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division Committee members

1 August 2019

The Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division was set up to help improve and support the experiences of black and minority ethnic solicitors (BAME) in the profession, and we are looking for new members to join the division's committee.

This appointment is open to anyone who identifies as BAME

Our aim is to create a committee that accurately represents the diversity of the profession as a whole.

If you're a trainee, a newly qualified solicitor, a senior solicitor or a senior partner within a firm or in-house, we want to hear from you.

Who we are

The Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division promotes equal opportunities for people with from ethnic minority backgrounds within the legal profession.

The division encourages solicitors to use their experiences and expertise to support aspiring solicitors or colleagues seeking to progress in the legal sector.

We:

  • help members secure work placements
  • provide an opportunity for those working in the legal sector to make their voice heard to the Law Society, local law societies, the profession, government and other policy makers
  • lobby for legislation to protect members' rights

What we do

The committee provides members with an opportunity to:

  • discuss issues concerning the profession, in particular those that affect BAME solicitors
  • benefit from training, advice, and career guidance
  • network and connect with other BAME lawyers
  • ensure their views are heard
  • contribute to campaigns, lobbying activities and consultation

Selection criteria

You must:

  • have a clean record/regulatory history with the SRA
  • be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the issues facing BAME solicitors
  • be able to outline ideas for the development of the division's services

You will have:

  • creative and forward-thinking ideas for events, articles, projects or social media posts on how to tackle these issues within finite resources
  • a track record of collaborative working whilst contributing to inclusivity and diversity issues either as an employee or as a volunteer

Appointments will be based on merit, following an open and clear selection process.

If you require any reasonable adjustments at the application stage, contact ethnicminoritylawyers@lawsociety.org.uk.

The deadline for applications is Friday 6 September 2019.

Shortlisting of candidates will be anonymised.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an interview at the Law Society on Wednesday 2 October 2019. Committee members will be appointed by Monday 14 October 2019.

Download the application form (Word 160 KB)

Send your completed application to ethnicminoritylawyers@lawsociety.org.uk.