Tackling the last taboo: disability in law
The great exodus
Disabled lawyers barely represented in in-house legal roles
Discrimination fears stop disabled lawyers changing jobs, survey reveals
Sajee Rod / Shutterstock.com
Diversity initiatives are gaining traction across the legal profession, but one characteristic has been left behind: disability. Disabilities of all kinds are rarely talked about in legal circles, and much less seen. Sarah Morgan investigates what can be done.
Would your clients feel awkward if you turned up for a meeting in a wheelchair? That’s the question Husnara Begum was asked when applying for a training contract at a UK law firm.
For Begum, owner of Husnara Begum Consulting and a former lawyer, it was an opportunity to turn the question on its head, and ask the recruiters if they felt awkward with her being in one (the answer was no).
But it’s certainly not the only time someone with a disability—either visible or invisible—has had to deal with uncomfortable questions.
The rest of this article is locked for subscribers only. Please login to continue reading.
If you don't have a login, you will need to purchase a subscription to gain access to this article, including all our online content. Please use this link and follow the steps.
For multi-user price options, or to check if your company has an existing subscription to us that we can add you to for FREE, please email Atif Choudhury at firstname.lastname@example.org
disability, disability diversity, law, Husnara Begum Consulting, Cardiff University, IP Ability, Cancer Research Technology, AA Thornton, Daniel & Sophina