Women in Law

Free tickets to First 100 Years Conference


Lawyers and law firms who make a donation to the First 100 Years are being given complimentary tickets to the project’s inaugural conference. The First 100 Years is calling on people connected to the law to support the project by giving £100 or more to mark 100 years since women were allowed to practice as solicitors. Your money will make legal history – paying for a new digital museum, made up of 100 video stories, that will be donated to the British Library in 2019. The First 100 Years Conference takes place on 2nd November 2015 at Simmons & Simmons at CityPoint. Confirmed keynote speaker is Dame Carol Black, and chair of the day is Dame Jenni Murray from Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

The conference is CPD-approved. Continuing Professional Development is a term used to describe the commitment to lifelong learning; a skill that is invaluable to all people across every segment of society.  The First 100 Years, a ground-breaking research project launched by Obelisk Support in partnership with the Law Society and the Bar Council, is charting the journey of women in the legal profession since 1919, when the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time.

This one-day conference is being hosted by Simmons & Simmons at CityPoint, with a series of panel debates, interviews and Q&As. Dana Denis-Smith, CEO at Obelisk Support and founder of the project, said:

“It’s rare for 21st Century lawyers to have the chance to get together as a profession to reflect on and learn from our past. That’s why this conference is such an important and incredibly exciting conference. As we approach the end of the first 100 years of women in Law the time is now to gather the stories and the insights from our past, so we can start to shape a more positive future for women in Law. The conference and the crowdfunding campaign are a great way for law firms to get involved with The First 100 Years and the relevant debates we are sparking as this centenary approaches.”

The conference will run from 9:30am-5:30pm, followed by a reception until 7:30pm. Timed programme structure: 9:30am – registration and coffee: History panel – setting the context of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 and the historical journey of women in the legal profession Cross-generational panel – how far have we come? How far do we have to go to achieve true equality in the profession? Break 11:30am-12:30am: Dame Jenni Murray speaks to Dame Carol Black. Q&A Lunch 2:30pm: Men-only panel – How men have helped, and can continue to help, women in the profession Break Women’s panel – How men can help create more positive change Break Keynote interview with Dame Jenni Murray and Dana Denis-Smith 5:30pm – short reception We hope to see you there, for an unforgettable day.

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