The Law Society is committed to promoting inclusion in the legal profession. Lawyers with Disabilities Division members come from a wide range of backgrounds and include law students, retired solicitors, paralegals, law lecturers, practising solicitors and their allies.
Members have a wide range of disabilities that affect them to varying degrees, including visual and other sensory impairments, impaired mobility and less immediately apparent disabilities, such as epilepsy, dyslexia and mental health issues.
The Lawyers with Disabilities Division was launched in January 2009, following on from 20 successful years as the Group for Solicitors with Disabilities.
Lawyers with Disabilities promotes equal opportunities for people with disabilities 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.
Engage with the Law Society on matters of inclusion. Membership of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division is free, and is open to all solicitors and their allies.
Members benefit from:
To join the Lawyers with Disabilities Division, sign up to My Law Society and tick the Lawyers with disabilities box in special interests. You will receive regular email updates and tailored content will appear on your My Law Society homepage.
For more information email lawyerswithdisabilities@LawSociety.org.uk
Find out about the LDD committee
Debbie Foster and Natasha Hirst share how they've been disseminating the findings of the Legally Disabled research project.
The launch of the Legally Disabled research reveals the career experiences of disabled people in the legal profession.
Natasha Hirst tells us more about the "Legally Disabled?" research team and the series of focus groups held around the UK with disabled legal professionals.
This practice note advises practitioners on the use of interpreters pre-trial in the police station and in court.
Anna Vroobel discusses her experience with disability, and awareness around invisible disabilities in the workplace.
Placida Ojinnaka shares her thoughts about the personal and professional benefits of attending our recharger course.
We spoke with Whitney Joseph about her role as a social mobility ambassador and the bias, challenges and positives of social mobility.
Mary Doyle, founder of Rocket Girl Coaching, and an accessible aviation consultant, trainer, and writer, discusses flying as a wheelchair user and what is required.
Lawyers with Disabilities Committee member Antonio DiAngela takes a look at how lawtech will shape the future of the profession and why it matters to disabled people.
The Lawyers with Disabilities Division is encouraging members to take part in the next stage of the Legally Disabled? research project.
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