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The InterLaw Diversity Forum has held monthly meetings for our Race & Ethnicity (BAME)  Network  since its launch in late 2016.


These monthly meetings serve to create a space for diverse individuals and allies to meet to share best practice, to network, and to provide support.

Our Race and Ethnicity (BAME) Network meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month.

Our BAME Network was awarded

“Outstanding BAME Employee Network of the Year” at the 2017 UK Diversity Legal Awards.

Past Meetings of our Race & Ethnicity (BAME) Network

Black Voices in the Legal Sector: Sharing Experiences and Empowering Allies

11 Jun 2020

Please join us this Friday for an important session of our Race & Ethnicity (BAME) Network focused on amplifying black voices in the legal sector in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and others, and the events unfolding in Minneapolis, across the United States, and around the world, including here in the United Kingdom. These events have highlighted the violence, injustice and racism against black people and people of color in our societies.

Now is not the time for silence. We want to convene a space to allow black voices in the legal sector to come together to share their experiences and thoughts, as well as to provide their guidance to colleagues and employers on how to be better allies to support them. We think it is critical in this time to channel the current feelings of anger, frustration and support into positive, tangible actions to create sustainable change within the legal industry and beyond. 

When completing registration, you will see an option to share your experiences, questions, and suggested action points with us so that we can address these during the conversation. Should you choose to answer any of these questions, your responses will be shared strictly on a no-names basis during the webinar discussion.


  • Gretchen Bellamy, Senior Director - Education, Operations, and Initiatives, University Office for Diversity & Inclusion, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Special Advisor to the American Bar Association's Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession; Co-lead, InterLaw Diversity Forum Apollo Leadership Institute

  • Charlene Brown, Co-founder & Director, Howlett Brown

  • Sheldon Mills, Executive Director - Strategy and Competition, Financial Conduct Authority; Chair of Trustees, Stonewall; Co-Lead, InterLaw Diversity Forum BAME Network

  • Usha Puri-Dewage, Global Manager of Professional Development, Cooley; Head of Strategy, Leadership, and Learning Development, InterLaw Diversity Forum

  • Laura Durrant (Co-moderator), Deputy Chair, Interlaw Diversity Forum; Consulting Director, Howlett Brown

  • Daniel Winterfeldt (Co-moderator), Chair, InterLaw Diversity Forum; Partner, Reed Smith

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