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MANCHESTER LEGAL NEWS

Friday February 7 2020

Women in the Law UK launches second annual essay competition


Cash prize, place at annual conference and 12-month mentorship for winner



Women in the Law UK launches second annual essay competition

Women in the Law UK, the professional development organisation that promotes gender diversity and wellbeing at all levels of the legal profession, has launched its second annual essay competition. Entries are sought this year on the subject, “How can technology be used to increase gender and ethnic diversity in the legal workplace?”

The competition is open to school and university students, and to trainees aged 23 or under. Entries should be no more than 1,000 words in length and should be submitted by 6 March 2020.

The author of the winning entry will receive a £100 cash prize, a place at the 2020 Women in the Law UK Annual Conference in Manchester in November, and opportunity for work experience or mentoring. The winning essay will be published on the Women in the Law UK website and the winner’s details will be announced to the press.

The author of the second-placed entry will receive a £50 gift voucher and a free place at the Women in the Law UK Annual Conference.

The competition is open to UK students seeking to enter the legal profession, including undergraduates (who do not have to be studying law) and LPC students, and to trainees aged 23 or younger. Entries are being sought, in particular, from state-schooled students and those whose backgrounds are not traditionally fully represented in the legal profession.

Entries should be entirely original and must not have appeared or been submitted elsewhere. The winner will be announced at the Future Women in the Law Conference, scheduled to take place at the Manchester offices of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors on 13 March.

Entries should be sent by email to womeninthelawuk@gmail.com. As well as attaching their essay entrants should include their full name, date of birth and details of the educational institution they attend.

The organisation’s inaugural essay competition, which took place last year, was won by 17-year-old Yoelle Lalaye, addressing the question, “What remaining barriers exist for women, and BAME, women in the legal profession and what steps can be taken to see more women leaders in senior roles in the law, in firms and in courts?”

Sally Penni (pictured), multi-award-winning barrister and founder of Women in the Law UK, said, “Last year’s essays were of a really high standard so I can’t wait to read this year’s entries. It’s a great opportunity for the next generation of lawyers to have their say about the way our profession takes shape, so I would encourage all students with opinions and insights about how technology might improve diversity within our ranks to put pen to paper and share their ideas.”

Women in the Law UK was founded in Manchester by the barrister Sally Penni to provide support to women at all stages of their legal careers and to address the gap in female representation in leadership roles within the profession. It runs a wide-ranging programme of events throughout the country, as well as carrying out research, providing mentoring and operating a Charter for firms that are committed to best practice.

Women in the Law UK’s events are held under the Chatham House Rule, enabling speakers and audience members to speak freely and learn from each-others’ experiences in a confidential environment. Previous events have covered subjects including career progression, why lawyers need to sit on boards, how to network and make it work for you, and what lawyers can learn from inspiring businesswomen.

To book places at Women in the Law UK events readers should visit www.womeninthelawuk.com  or book directly via www.eventbrite.co.uk. Individuals and businesses that are interested in joining Women in the Law UK or applying for the Women in the Law UK Charter should email womeninthelawuk@gmail.com.



"Its a great opportunity for the next generation of lawyers to have their say about the way our profession takes shape."
Sally Penni






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