Last month, Legal Aid Watch reported on the release of a new report on social mobility in the legal aid profession.
“Social mobility and diversity in the legal aid sector: One step forward, two steps back” was launched by Young Legal Aid Lawyers on October 30, 2013.
In case you missed the event, scroll down to see our coverage of the Q&A session with the following experts:
Raphael Rowe, Investigative Journalist
David Johnston, CEO Social Mobility Foundation
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Director Scott-Moncrieff and Associates Ltd
Simao Paxi-Cato, Junior Barrister, Invictus Chambers
Chris Topping, Partner, Broudie Jackson Canter Solicitors
James Wakefield, Director of the Council of the Inns of Court
Part 1 – Introduction
The Q&A session begins with “What are the wider consequences of a lack of social mobility within the legal profession?”
David Johnston, CEO Social Mobility Foundation responds to “why are talented people being held back?” in Young Legal Aid Lawyers Q&A session.
“What advice would you give to people looking for a career in legal aid?”
“How can careers advice be improved in schools to ensure social mobility within the profession?”
“Should there be a cap on law students entering vocational courses?”
“Could the Inns of Court and the Law Society do more?”
“Is there a danger that the profession will be seen as ‘caring’ due to the prominence of female legal aid lawyers?”
“How do you feel about press coverage of legal aid cuts? Is a Press strategy needed?”
“Can the government turn a blind eye to the impact its proposals will have on diversity? Is change all up to the professionals?”
“Who is advocating the idea that people should represent themselves?”
“What can we do to counter the stereotype of lawyers as greedy?”
“How can we tackle the problem of unpaid work experience?”