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30 June 2020

Call for Submissions of Interest Human Rights and Equality Group

 

Dear Colleague,

Further to the President's announcement on the 18th June 2020 regarding the launch of the Human Rights and Equality Group (‘HREG’), the Society is pleased to invite expressions of interest from those members who may wish to join the Group.

The HREG succeeds the former Human Rights and Equality Committee and is part of a reorganisation within the Society and will report to the Future of the Profession Committee.

There has already been a significant interest shown by members wishing to join the HREG and therefore the Society is inviting those interested in joining to outline, in no more than 250 words their experience and interest in human rights, equality and diversity.

This might be your experience of legal practice in this area, acting as a human rights and equality advocate for Section 75 groups, or perhaps your experience as a person from a minority background who is committed to promoting human rights and equality issues.

The Society is inviting those who have already expressed an interest in the Group to consider making a submission in the same way as above.

All submissions must be received by close of business on 10th July 2020.

The Society is confident that those appointed will contribute to making the HREG successful in generating new ideas and proposals on issues of practice and policy in this area.

The HREG will have few formalities and will be flexible in its operation, working in a similar way to a ‘think tank’ for the Future of the Profession Committee.

With that in mind, the Society intends to maintain a small core membership of the Human Rights and Equality Group (including the Chair of the Group and the Chair of the Future of the Profession Committee).

We appreciate that this will mean that some solicitors who are interested in becoming members will not have the opportunity at this point in time to become members of the HREG.

However, we intend to maintain a list of those expressing interest to assist with specific pieces of work moving forward which fall within their particular area of expertise.

The Society remains very open to being contacted by members about issues which fall under the Group’s remit, and will endeavour to discuss each issue brought to our attention and respond about future plans with comments.

Please send your expressions of interest, along with your submission, to Frank.Geddis@lawsoc-ni.org by close of business on 10th July 2020.

The Society particularly welcomes expressions of interest from solicitors who are from an ethnic minority background.

We look forward to receiving your submission.

Maria McCloskey                                    Eileen Ewing

Chair                                                        Chair

Human Rights and                                  Future of the Profession

Equality Group                                        Committee

 



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