The Lawyers with Disabilities Division (LDD) is hosting the first forum in Wales to reach out to lawyers with disabilities and decision-makers and HR professionals in Welsh firms.
The free, online forum event will provide an overview of the recent ‘Legally Disabled’ research findings. This research was the first of its kind to explore the experiences of disabled people in the legal profession (scroll down for links to the summary report).
Cardiff & District Law Society and the Junior Lawyers Division Cardiff & SE Wales have invited the LDD to host its first Forum in Wales to share, in confidence, the challenges, narrative and opportunities for immediate positive steps in Welsh law firms, to help employees as well as clients.
Numbers are strictly limited to 30 people to enable an effective discussion but you don’t have to be a CDLS, JLD Cardiff or Law Society member to attend.
What to expect
The LDD will open the event with an overview of its research, followed by an interactive discussion / Q&A in respect of the following:
- The barriers that exist to gaining employment and career progression and how these influence the choices disabled people make within the legal profession
- The factors that have proved successful in addressing or mitigating some of these barriers
- The ways in which the legal profession can create change to become more inclusive and accessible for disabled people
- Attendees will be invited to join the discussion, that may include various considerations, such as employer attitudes, skills of disabled professionals, reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability and the impact of Covid-19.
Legal News Wales will host this free online event for CDLS, the JLD Cardiff & the LDD.
Legally Disabled report
A summary of the Legally Disabled report can be found here. You can find the full report and the later Covid-19 research study here.
For more information on the Legally Disabled research, why it has been launched and what it aims to explore, please click here.
Lawyers with Disabilities Division
Members of The Law Society of England & Wales Lawyers with Disabilities Division (LDD) come from a wide range of backgrounds and include law students, LPC graduates, retired solicitors, paralegals, law lecturers, practising solicitors (this does not include Barristers).
Members also have a wide range of impairments including visual and other sensory impairments, impaired mobility and invisible conditions such as epilepsy, dyslexia and mental health issues. Membership is free – click to find out more.
Event recording notes
The event may be recorded but the interactive session will not be shared. Useful information can be found below