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Race and Ethnicity within the Legal Profession

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Event : Race and Ethnicity within the Legal Profession
Start : 17 Apr, 2014 16:30
End : 17 Apr, 2014 21:00
Description :
In both the UK and the US, lawyers who are BMEs are significantly underrepresented in the legal profession. In the UK, we see significant numbers of BME law and bar school students but low numbers receiving pupillages and training contracts. In the US, the numbers of Black and African American law students have increased slightly over time but few achieve partnership in law firms. The end result, despite policies and programs aimed at addressing these concerns, is a legal profession that is not particularly diverse in terms of race and ethnicity. Why is that?
Might attitudes and biases – both conscious and unconscious– toward race and ethnicity be impacting the ability of BMEs to enter and rise within the legal profession? If that is not the case, how do we explain the persistent low numbers of BMEs in law firms and chambers? If it is true, are there strategies, policies, or programs that might allow us to combat it and what might those be?
Kevin D. Brown is the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law at Maurer School of Law at Indiana University. For over 25 years he has been studying British, American, South African, and Indian attitudes toward individuals with darker skin colour. During the Spring, 2014 semester, he has been teaching a course to American law students in London that compares and contrasts the experiences of blacks in the US, with that of blacks in the UK, blacks in South Africa, and Dalits in India while researching how the experience of being Black in the UK compares to that in the US and what that might mean for law schools and the legal profession.
Please join us as Professor Brown presents his findings and discusses their implications for the legal profession, followed by a roundtable discussion amongst British and American lawyers about the impact of race and ethnicity within the British and American legal professions.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Registration 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM/Programme 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
100 New Bridge Street, London
Pre-registration at is required. Regular: 10£ / Students: No Charge

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