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Scotland’s history is Black history

Tatora Mukushi, a Dual-Qualified Human Rights Solicitor currently leading Shelter Scotland’s Migrant Destitution Project, discusses the tightly interwoven history of Scotland and Black people, arguing that education on the topic is crucial to creating meaningful change and that lawyers have a vital role to play.

Bisexual: The B in LGBTQ+ needs celebrated too

For Bi Visibility Day, Deborah Allan, solicitor at Shepherd & Wedderburn, discusses the challenges still facing bi people today and the progress being made towards ensuring the "B" in LGBTQ+ is respected and celebrated.

Our flexible working future

Flexible working has gone from a trendy buzzword to the new normal during lockdown. As we publish our flexible working guidance, Elaine MacGlone, Equality & Diversity Manager at the Law Society of Scotland, reflects on her personal experience of flexible working, how things have changed and what the future might hold.

The Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah offers all a time for reflection

As we approach the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, Philip Rodney, columnist, consultant, non-exec and Fellow of the Law Society of Scotland, discusses what it means to be Jewish and how the legal profession can learn from this time of reflection.

Levelling the playing field

The moderation of Scottish exams results has once again highlighted the challenges faced by pupils from lower-performing schools. Heather McKendrick, Head of Careers & Outreach, discusses how the Law Society is attempting to ensure fair access to the profession, what more needs to be done and how employers can help.

Gender equality progress must continue for the benefit of all

As the Law Society publishes the findings of its gender equality roundtables, Past President Alison Atack reflects on the progress made across the profession to promote gender equality, the work still to do and tangible ways people can help.

Save, donate and nominate to help the Lawscot Foundation

With many of us working from home and saving on commuting and eating-out costs, donating what you save to the Lawscot Foundation and nominating others to do the same will make a real difference to the lives of law students from less-advantaged backgrounds, explains our Careers Development Officer Darren Kerr.

VE day and the Hate Crime Bill

Convener of the Criminal Law Committee Debbie Wilson reflects on the effect of intolerance and hatred in a society and the responsibility the legal profession has in preventing it.

Why now is the time to support the Lawscot Foundation

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will hit those from less-advantaged backgrounds the hardest, making it more important than ever to support the work of the Lawscot Foundation, explains our Head of Careers & Outreach Heather McKendrick.

Why non-traditional educational routes can bring a valuable perspective to the legal profession

In the last of our series of blogs relating to alternative pathways into the profession, Emma Jackson, curriculum head for legal services and Jason Graham, lecturer in law, City of Glasgow College, tell us how non-traditional educational routes can bring a valuable perspective to the legal profession.

Closing Skills Gaps and Increasing Diversity

Morna Ronnie, Head of Programmes at Back in Business, talks about closing the skills gap, increasing diversity and returners to the profession.

The power of partnerships

Back in November our Equality and Diversity Manager Elaine MacGlone attended the Stonewall Scotland workplace conference. A key theme was the power of partnerships to pool resources and exceed what an individual organisation may be able to achieve on their own - an approach which the Law Society is always keen to embrace.

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