Women in the Law: Reflections 16 September 2019
Celebrating the centenary of women's entry to the legal profession, their contributions and influence, this networking event included a presentation by Christina Blacklaws, the 174th President of the Law Society of England and Wales. We also recognised the achievements of inspirational women at Keele Law School, with presentations from Professor Fiona Cownie, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Dr Jane Krishnadas, co-founder of the Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele (CLOCK).
Christina Blacklaws runs her own consultancy business providing strategic advice particularly in the area of transformational change, technological developments and diversity and inclusion. She holds several public appointments including chairing the LawTech Delivery Panel and Next Generation Services Advisory Group. Christina is the immediate past President of the Law Society of England and Wales. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, technology and access to justice and uses every opportunity to advocate and progress positive change. Christina is a multi-award winning (for innovation and diversity and inclusion) published author, speaker and lecturer and frequent media commentator.
Professor Fiona Cownie
Fiona Cownie is an expert in the field of legal education. Her published work includes work on the purpose of the law school and on relationships between the academic study of law and vocational training as required by the legal professions. Professor Cownie has made a major contribution to debates about the academic staff who work in law schools; she has carried out extensive empirical research in this area, both in the U.K. and in Canada, and has written a monograph and a series of articles exploring different aspects of legal academic life. Professor Cownie is currently engaged in researching the professional life of Claire Palley, the first woman to be appointed to a Chair in Law in the United Kingdom. A brief overview of Professor Palley’s life can be found at here.
Dr Jane Krishnadas
Dr Jane Krishnadas is convenor of the Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele (CLOCK) researching the impact of withdrawal of significant areas of legal aid and impact on socio-legal strategies for human rights. Jane proposed the innovative role of ‘The Community Legal Companion’, 2012, for the right to legal assistance to fundamental human rights. The Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK) is a unique and innovative project bringing together universities, law firms, barristers chambers, mediation, charitable and court services to educate, assist, monitor and promote access to justice for disadvantaged communities. CLOCK is the receipient of an 'Access to Justice Award' by the UK Attorney General, having been highly commended for its outstanding contribution to the promotion of access to justice. The scheme has inspired other universities in Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Brighton and Kent to implement CLOCK Community Legal Companion services in partnership with Keele and local organisations.
Women in the Law: Reflections - 16 September 2019
Head of the School of Law at Keele University, Alison Brammer, with guest speakers Christina Blacklaws, Fiona Cownie and Jane Krishnadas.