Double celebration at special Faculty/SEMLA event

26 Oct



LAWYERS and law students are being invited to a special event to formally launch a new Faculty scholarship and to mark the first anniversary of the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers Association (SEMLA).

The evening will feature a keynote speech by Humza Yousaf, MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice. The date is Wednesday, 14 November. The venue is the Laigh Hall, Parliament House, Edinburgh.

The Lord Hope of Craighead Scholarship aims to make the devilling process for aspiring advocates as widely accessible as possible, and to help people into the wider legal profession.  It is funded by a voluntary levy on earnings, and the vast majority of practising members of Faculty are contributing.

SEMLA was launched last year with the support of the Faculty and the Law Society of Scotland. Its objective is to increase the representation of lawyers from ethnic minorities throughout the legal profession.

Other speakers at the free event include Naeema Sajid, Partner at Aberdein Considine and a founding member of SEMLA, and Roddy Dunlop QC , Faculty Treasurer. Chairing proceedings will be SEMLA’s founder, Usman Tariq, Advocate.

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