Institute for Social Renewal

Inspirational Women of the Law 2017

The 2017 follow up event to Inspirational Women of the Law was on 22nd March 2017 at Newcastle Law School and celebrated iconic and influential black, Asian and minority ethnic women of the law. Organised by NISR Theme Champion Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth and Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul, the event welcomed students, practitioners and school pupils to hear more about women's impact in the law. 

It aimed to inspire the next generation of women and men by bringing together seven high-achieving and diverse women who spoke about their experiences of working in and with the law. The topics touched on included campaigning to change the law on student finance, advocacy for asylum seekers, the Hillsborough Inquest, and teaching the law. 

The speakers represented a range of backgrounds including in the NGOs, charities, academia, and, of course, the legal profession. The event is part of Freedom City 2017, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the award to Dr Martin Luther King of an honorary law degree from Newcastle University.

Feedback from participants

“Yesterday was a triumph that will impact the lives of those young women Law students, especially the BME students, probably for the rest of their lives. You may never know the impact you have had in putting this together for them. I just wanted to say a huge well done.” (local lawyer)

“I attended the spectacular event yesterday and just wanted to thank you for or-ganising it. It lived up to its name and was incredibly inspiring. The various women showed how they overcame challenges and how they are making a difference in the profession. I left the event realising how many pathways I could take with my degree and how I may help others. For this I am grateful to you, the speakers and those who helped make the event happen.” (Newcastle Law Student)

“This is just to say how much I enjoyed the Inspirational Women event last week … [it] left me feeling inspired and also quite moved with some of the contributions. And I felt fresh energy on Thursday ... The speakers provided an excellent and very interesting mix of insights and experience” (Newcastle Law School academic)

IWL speakers on stairs Law School