The changing face of diversity in the legal profession

The changing face of diversity in the legal profession

The changing face of diversity in the legal profession
Tuesday 28 September 2021, 4.00pm to 4.50pm BST
Past event
Past event
Tuesday 28 September 2021, 4.00pm to 4.50pm BST
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Alumni and guests
Social sciences

Dr Pippa Rogerson, a Reader in Private International Law in the Law Faculty and the Master of Gonville and Caius will chair a discussion with Lady Hale, a pioneer in legal academia and one of the most distinguished judges in the United Kingdom, and two current students, Tolu Mustapha and Julia Freytag, about diversity in the legal profession today, the changes that have taken place and the objectives that are yet to be met.

The changing face of diversity in the legal profession


Lady Brenda Hale DBE (Girton 1963)

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Lady Hale read Law at Girton College, of which she is the Visitor, and graduated in 1966. She was appointed to the High Court following a distinguished career as an academic at Manchester University, where she specialised in Family and Social Welfare Law.  The first woman to be President of the Supreme Court, she was formerly its Deputy President. She was also the first woman appointed to the Law Commission, and the first to be appointed to the Supreme Court on its creation in 2009, having been the first to sit as a Lord of Appeal in the House of Lords. Lady Hale retired as a Justice of the Supreme Court in January 2020 and from October 2021 she will be a Yorke Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Law Faculty at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Pippa Rogerson (Newnham 1980)

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Pippa Rogerson is a Reader in Private International Law in the Law Faculty at the University of Cambridge where she has worked for over 30 years. She has also been Master of Gonville & Caius College since 2018, before which Pippa was Director of Studies in Law and College Lecturer. She qualified as a solicitor with Clifford Chance. She maintains links with the profession due to her research interests in international commercial litigation. She has a deep interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, having led some cohorts through the University’s women’s development programme Springboard. Pippa has participated in the Women’s Network for many years. Pippa was recently elected Deputy Chair of the Colleges’ Committee and is a member of the University Council.

Tolu Mustapha (Fitzwilliam 2019)

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Tolu Mustapha is a third year Law undergraduate student at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge. She was BME Officer of Fitzwilliam College JCR, Education Officer of the Cambridge Student Union BME Campaign and External Network Director of Cambridge Women in Business Society (2020/21). Having benefited from widening participation schemes before starting at Cambridge, Tolu was awarded the Bright Network Black Heritage Leadership Award 2020 and named a Powerful Media Future Leader 2020/21 for her campaigning for increased representation and inclusion of Black students at Cambridge. Recently, Tolu co-conducted and presented a research project for the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning entitled ‘Does the undergraduate supervision system sufficiently meet the educational needs of Black students, which ensure the best chances of success?’, exploring both student and supervisor experiences.

Julia Freytag (Fitzwilliam 2020)

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Julia Freytag was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2019 and is currently completing an MPhil in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. She is a trustee of the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, President of the Cambridge University Graduate Law Society, and a researcher for the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking. In 2013, Julia worked for the Foreign Office in Brussels, before moving to work in Parliament alongside her undergraduate degree at UCL. Julia is also the Co-Founder of a leading UK medical-aesthetic training company advocating for more stringent safety requirements within the aesthetics and beauty industry. 

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