Inspirational Women of the Law 2017

Date(s) - 22/03/2017
1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Newcastle Law School Newcastle University , Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

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About Inspirational Women of the Law 2017

Inspirational Women of the Law 2017 will celebrate the achievements of iconic and influential women who have a strong connection to the law – including legal practitioners and campaigners. It is primarily an event for students (Newcastle and local sixth formers).

It follows the highly successful 2015 Inspirational women of the law event and this year we celebrate in particular black, Asian and minority ethnic women in law, coinciding with both the launch of a Black Student Law Society by students at Newcastle Law School, and the 50th Anniversary of the conferral of an honorary degree by the University on Dr Martin Luther King. The event forms part of the Freedom City celebrations taking place across Newcastle to commemorate Dr King’s honorary degree.

The event includes two panels of three speakers and concludes with a plenary lecture. In the middle of the afternoon there will be an opportunity to meet with the speakers, and ask questions, during a tea break.

The speakers are:

• Funke Abimbola (plenary speaker), Newcastle graduate and Legal Counsel at Roche UK (the word’s largest biotech company). Funke is currently the most senior black lawyer in her field, is ranked by the Financial Times as being one of the top 20 BAME leaders internationally (UPStanding100 2016 Powerlist) and is one of the most influential leaders of African/Afro-Caribbean heritage in the UK (The 2017 Powerlist)

• Professor Diamond Agiabor, professor in law at the University of London, and specialises in employment law.

• Chrisann Jarrett, a final year law student at LSE, who founded an Equal Access to Higher Education campaign called Let Us Learn and was involved in a Supreme Court case that led to changes in the law

• Judy Khan QC, barrister at Garden Court Chambers. Judy is a leading criminal defence barrister and has was part of the Garden Court team who represented victims and families at the Hillsborough Inquiry.

• Usha Sood, a barrister at Trent Chambers in Nottingham, who specialises in child abduction cases, dowry recovery, human rights, child and human trafficking, public law cases, and international family and civil law litigation. In 2015 she was nominated for the Women of Achievement award.

• Marcia Willis Stewart is managing partner at Birnberg Pierce and partners. Marcia has represented the families of victims at the Hillsborough Inquiry and the families of Mark Duggan and Jean Charles de Menezes at the Inquests into their deaths. In 2015 she was named public lawyer of the year at the Legal Aid Lawyers of the Year Awards.

• Keina Yoshida, a barrister at Doughty Street. Keina is originally from Northern Ireland and has expertise in women’s human rights. She specialises in media law, inquests, court of protection and public law.