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Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Aspiring Lawyers CV Clinic

As part of Neurodiversity Celebration Week, we want to offer you a unique opportunity to obtain feedback on your CV or job application from a legal professional.

  • Do I need to be a member to participate in the CV Clinic? Yes, and you can register on our website and pay £5 to become a student member.
  • What do I need to do? Register your name, email and preference of legal professional (solicitor or barrister). Please note we cannot guarantee you will be matched with your preference.
  • How long do I have to register? Registration will open on March 2nd and will close at noon on 8th March. We have limited places available and they will be on a first come first served basis. However, you can join the waiting list in case more professionals become available.
  • What to expect after I have registered? If you are successful, you will be contacted by a member of our events team who will provide you with the contact details of a legal professional for you to send over your CV or job application and further instructions.

Please note this does not count as an event for the purposes of the Certificate of Attendance.

Neurodiverse Talent - Monday 15th March 2021

What do you understand neurodiverse talent to be? What talents your neurodivergent condition gives you? What recruitment practices if any are neurodiversity friendly? If not, how can they be improved? How does the legal profession benefit from neurodiverse talent?

The Neurodiverse talent panel will open the week by providing a strengths-based approach to the neurodiverse workforce and discuss neurodiversity friendly recruitment practices.

Our panellists for this event will be:

• Patrick CannonMember of the Disability Sub-Committee of the Bar Council’s Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee;

• Vanessa ChallessSenior Partner, Tiger Law;

• Chris GauntPrincipal Lawyer (Property & Housing) at Milton Keynes Council;

• Arwen MakinSenior Crown Prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service;

• Thomas G.C. HoodChair of Neurodiversity in Law; and

• Jack BoswellMembership and GDPR Officer at Neurodiversity in Law.

Remember that you can request a certificate of attendance from Neurodiversity in Law if you are a member and attend at least three events of Speak! Voicing Alternative Thinking. Please drop us an email at membership@neurodiversityinlaw.co.uk before Friday 19th.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

The Neurodiverse Agenda - Tuesday 16th March 2021

What should the neurodiverse community’s ambitions be in the short and long term? What steps should be taken to develop a culture of inclusion in the legal workplace?

The neurodiversity agenda panel will explore the neurodiverse community’s ambitions and steps that should be taken to build a culture of inclusion within the legal professions. The panellists for this event will be:

Amit PopatHead of Equality and Access to Justice, Bar Standards Board;

Lynette WielandSocial Mobility Ambassador and Associate at Browne Jacobson LLP;

Andrew DakoutrosBarrister and Committee Member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple’,

Oliver MayBarrister at No5 Chambers and Vice Chair of Neurodiversity in Law; and

Roxy Lackschewitz-MartinPolicy Manager at Neurodiversity in Law.

 

Remember that you can request a certificate of attendance from Neurodiversity in Law if you are a member and attend at least three events of Speak! Voicing Alternative Thinking. Please drop us an email at membership@neurodiversityinlaw.co.uk before Friday 19th. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Mental Health in a Neurodiverse World - Wednesday 17th March 2021

How do we understand and manage mental health issues in the workplace? Why is culture so important in the workplace to support people to be themselves? How do we foster good mental health and create an inclusive culture in legal workplaces?

The Mental health in a neurodiverse world panel will explore the relationship between mental health and neurodiversity, and how to foster good mental health in legal workplaces.

The panellists for this event will be:

• Elizabeth RimmerChief Executive at LawCare;

• Lloyd ReesKnowledge Lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Co-chair of the Freshfields UK Mental Health Affinity Network;

• Susan CarrCounsellor at Susan Carr Counselling ;

• Ellen BlunsdonULaw’s Disabled Students’ Officer;

• Hanah MarzookMedia and Marketing Manager at Neurodiversity in Law; and

• Danielle Gleicher-BatesHead of Membership and GDPR at Neurodiversity in Law

Remember that you can request a certificate of attendance from Neurodiversity in Law if you are a member and attend at least three events of Speak! Voicing Alternative Thinking. Please drop us an email at membership@neurodiversityinlaw.co.uk before Friday 19th.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Neurodiversity and Women in the Law - Thursday 18th March 2021

What is the role that neurodiverse female practitioners play in the legal professions? What are the strengths that female lawyers, and in particular, neurodivergent female lawyers, bring to the legal professions? What are the challenges currently faced by them? What strategies have they developed to cope with these challenges?

The Neurodiversity and women in the law panel will focus on the intersection between neurodiversity and women in the law and the importance of giving visibility and recognising women in the law, and in particular, neurodivergent women.

The panellists for this event will be:

• Her Honour Judge Sarah Davies;

• Lizette Robleto de HowarthInternational Programmes Manager at the Law Society of England and Wales, author of the Law Society’s global report ‘Advocating for Change: Transforming the Future of the Legal Profession through Greater Gender Equality’ (June 2019) and co-author of the joint Law Society/Bates Wells global report ‘Practical Toolkit for Women in Law’ (March 2021);

• Amandeep KhasriyaSenior Associate at Moore Barlow ;

• Chloe BrantonBarrister at Parklane Plowden Chambers, Social Mobility Advocate and Advisor to the Executive of Neurodiversity in Law;

• Emma LlanwarneHead of Outreach and Development at Neurodiversity in Law; and

• Sophie StevensHead of Media and Marketing at Neurodiversity in Law

Remember that you can request a certificate of attendance from Neurodiversity in Law if you are a member and attend at least three events of Speak! Voicing Alternative Thinking. Please drop us an email at membership@neurodiversityinlaw.co.uk before Friday 19th.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Neurodiverse Empowerment - Friday 19th March 2021

What is the story behind the Neurodiversity Celebration Week? What does it mean to be neurodivergent? What strengths come with being neurodivergent? What role do allies have to play?

The Neurodiversity empowerment panel will close this fantastic week of events by bringing professionals from other fields to discuss the importance of the Neurodiversity Celebration Week, the meaning of being neurodivergent and the importance of raising awareness of neurodiversity. The panellists for this event will be:

Helen NeedhamFounder of Me.Decoded

Siena CastellonFounder of the Neurodiversity Celebration Week, UN Young Leader for the SDGs, Author of ‘Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide’ ;

David AnsonOrganiser of the Neurodivergent Professional Network;

Martin BloomfieldFounder of Dyslexia Bytes;

Susana Ferrín PérezEvents Coordinator of Neurodiversity in Law;

Fraser SimpsonTreasurer of Neurodiversity in Law; and

Bisma HussainVolunteer Web Developer at Neurodiversity in Law.

Remember that you can request a certificate of attendance from Neurodiversity in Law if you are a member and attend at least three events of Speak! Voicing Alternative Thinking. Please drop us an email at membership@neurodiversityinlaw.co.uk before Friday 19th.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

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