Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division Committee members
Chair: Koser Shaheen
Koser Shaheen is a Law Society Council Member for the Ethnic Minorities Constituency. Her main role in this position is to represent and provide a voice for black and minority ethnic solicitors in England & Wales. Koser is also Chair of the Law Society's Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division and a Law Society Social Mobility Ambassador.
Koser has had an unconventional journey into law. She left school aged 11 and had no GCSEs or A levels. She went on to work as a mushroom picker, cleaner and clothes packer. She did not give up and finally won a place at university as a 32-year-old single mother. In 2007, Koser was awarded a first class law degree and went on to complete her training contract at a prestigious law firm. Koser's achievements in Law have been widely recognised and she was included in the Debretts list of Most Influential Lawyers of 2017.
Vice-chair: Evelyn Ofori Koree
Evelyn is an award-winning Solicitor-Advocate (All Higher Courts) and Principal of Descartes Solicitors. She graduated with a First class LLB (Hons.) from London South Bank University and was a Wolfson Scholar of Lincoln's Inn, where she was also called to the Bar in 2001. Evelyn also holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and is also an Attorney of the State of New York, USA. Evelyn was elected to the Law Society's Council in 2017 and is also a member of the Law Society's Immigration Law and Regulatory Processes Committees.
Council member: Nwabueze Nwokolo
Nwabueze was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1978, and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1995. She was chair of the National Black Solicitors Network in 2010 and co -chair of the Minority Lawyers Conference 2010/2011. She is a certified mortgage specialist and holds the Institute of Financial Services’ Commercial and Mortgage Lending Diploma.
Sundeep is an accredited mediator, a solicitor advocate with higher rights (criminal) and a duty solicitor. He recently established a pressure group, Asian Lawyers GB, to highlight issues affecting BME lawyers. Sundeep is also chair of the Law Society Regulation Affairs Board.
Angeli is a solicitor at Keoghs Solicitors and vice-chair of the Hindu Lawyers Association. Her primary role on the committee is to promote the interests of Hindu lawyers and encourage them to engage with the Law Society. She also has a strong interest in supporting south Asian women in the profession.
Michael is a solicitor advocate at Lincolns Solicitors and heads the criminal law department. Michael has extensive experience in all areas of criminal law, regularly appearing in Magistrates and Crown Courts. He has expertise in representing young people and his unique approach helps achieve the best for his clients. Michael is a representative of the British Nigerian Law Forum on the Ethnic Minority Law Division of the Law Society.
Outside of his legal work, he is a councillor for the London Borough of Southwark where he has helped drive changes to the use of stop and search powers locally.
Jerry is part of the D&I team, which promotes and supports diversity and inclusion in the profession. With over 20 years' experience in the D&I field working in the legal sector, he brings to the role a strong insight into the issues and challenges, and what is needed to make the profession more diverse and inclusive. He is the Law Society lead in shaping its race diversity strategy.
Having worked on projects supporting BAME candidates enter the profession, and currently with BAME practitioners, he is ideally placed to provide an expert's insight into the race agenda in the legal sector.
The work covers understanding and supporting the needs of its BAME constituency. It also includes building engagement across the BAME legal community and managing the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division (EMLD) committee, which acts as an interface between the Law Society and its BAME members. The EMLD plays a key role in delivering products and services that support BAME members.