The Racial Inclusion Group launched on 29 January 2021, with Council approving the membership of the group. Tatora Mukushi, a solicitor with Shelter Scotland, will convene the group.
The group will seek to better understand the lived and professional experiences of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) members and will report to the Law Society Council with recommendations later in the year.
As convener of the group, Tatora Mukushi will also be our representative on the Scottish Government’s Cross-Justice Working Group on Race and Workforce.
The group will:
- Revisit the Profile of the Profession and undertake a literature review of any other data sources that may give us insight on how to improve racial inclusion in the profession
- Undertake research with BAME law students, trainees, and solicitors, inviting them to come forward to speak openly (anonymously, if preferred) about their experiences. This may be done, for example, in one-to-one calls or by subject-focused roundtables
- Speak to other stakeholders in the profession, such as the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, law firms, in-house teams, and universities to discuss best practice, challenges and how these challenges can be overcome.