RLC’s Project, Operations and Marketing Manager, Felicity Wilson was interviewed by “Legal Marketing World” to discuss the wide range of outreach and social responsibility projects she manages and oversees in Chambers.
RLC’s ED&I initiatives include the annual ELBA mentoring programme which focusses on social mobility and supporting law students from non-traditional backgrounds alongside Shift 25- a campaign with a working group of Black and BAME professionals striving to equalise opportunities for young people in education, recruitment and progression by 2025. RLC’s pupillage and mini-pupillage programmes continue to develop equality, diversity and inclusivity working closely with organisations such as Bridging the Bar and Bringing [Dis]ability to the Bar as well as work with charities such as Young Citizens, the Kalisher Trust and 10,000 Black Interns with the aim to break down barriers and improve accessibility to the Bar.
Reflecting on working with ELBA, Felicity commented:
“Partnering with charities and organisations who are at the forefront of working with hard to reach communities and have that accessibility is essential. I have been overseeing a mentoring project with ELBA, working closely with aspiring law students from East London, many of whom come from diverse backgrounds and are often the first in their family to go to University. In Chambers we pair the mentees with Barristers who give them advice, tips and support during a year long programme. The programme ends with a Mock Trial at the Old Bailey where mentees are given the opportunity to showcase essential skills such as public speaking, critical thinking and the art of forming a persuasive, cohesive argument. In 2022, we welcomed our first visually impaired pupil and I am pleased to say that this is our 5th year of working with the charity in partnership.”