SEMLA, the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers' Association, is co-hosting an event to discuss diversity in the judiciary early next month.
Mr Justice Choudhury and Sheriff Aisha Anwar will speak on their paths to the judiciary at The Royal Faculty of Procurators, Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow on Thursday 6 February between 5.30 and 8pm. Attendees will also hear from the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland about the importance of diversity in the judiciary, and its recruitment process.
The evening is co-hosted by human resources consultancy Ellis Whittam.
Sir Akhlaq Choudhury grew up in the outskirts of Glasgow, and after studying in Glasgow and London, called to the English Bar in 1992. He took silk in 2015, and was appointed as a recorder in 2009, a deputy High Court judge in 2016 and a High Court judge, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division in 2017. He became President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in 2019.
Sheriff Anwar studied in Edinburgh and Oxford and spent 13 years in private practice as a solicitor, including as head of Litigation at DLA Piper. She was appointed a part time sheriff in 2011 and has been a full time sheriff at Glasgow Sheriff Court since 2014.
There will be opportunities to ask questions of the speakers and to network.