Monday, February 22, 2016

First Women Lawyers in Britain and the Empire Symposia

[We have the following announcement.  H/t Legal Scholarship Blog.]

First Women Lawyers in Britain and the Empire Symposia

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 heralded women’s long awaited entry to the legal profession.  What do we actually know about that journey?  How much of that struggle has been recorded?  Where is it recorded?  The ‘First Women Lawyers in England, Wales and the Empire’ Symposia seek to unite academics and researchers in this area and explore the journey of those first women lawyers.

The first symposium was held in September 2015 and following its success the second symposium will be held on Thursday 30th June 2016 at St Mary’s University. The symposium, entitled Pioneers: Those who tried and "failed" and the quasi-lawyers, will focus on early individual struggles as well as establishing and recording the activities of the women’s movement pre 1919 and its contribution to the 1919 legislation.

Submissions are welcomed from those researching in this area, including anyone with knowledge that will place the struggle for entry to the legal profession in England and Wales in an international context.  Skype participation is welcomed and possible.

Contributions of £15 are requested to cover refreshments and lunch.  Confirmed Plenary Speakers are Prof Leslie Howsam (via Skype), Dr Cheryl Law, Dr Anne Logan

Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) by email, no later than 8th April 2016. Presentations are to last 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Please also indicate whether you would like to attend a light supper at 6pm for an additional cost of £20.

St, Mary’s University, Waldegrave Drawing Room, June 30, 2016, 10am (registration and coffee) for 10:30am start

Please contact: Dr Judith Bourne,