The InterLaw Diversity Forum was proud to launch our ENABLE (dis)Ability Network in December 2017 to support those with disabilities in the legal sector, as well as their allies and supporters. We have bi-monthly meetings with speakers, workshops and lectures followed by professional networking. This builds on the success of our eleven year old, groundbreaking LGBT+ Network, and our award-winning Race & Ethnicity (BAME) Network, which launched in 2016.
We know that creating a safe space for diverse members of the profession and their allies to share best practice, hear inspirational stories, and to create informal mentoring relationships can have a transformative effect on the legal sector.
Part of this impact is also due to our work to change culture through projects such as the Apollo Project, Purple Reign and our updated Career Progression Report; as well as our work behind the scenes with law firms, chambers, corporates and financial institutions to support their efforts around diversity, inclusion and culture.
We think this that now is a critical time to be supporting the broad range of people with work-impacting disabilities in the legal sector and support their recruitment, retention and promotion, while implementing our best practice from our existing networks to have a measurable impact.