Inspirational Women of the Law Event 2017

Professor Diamond Ashiagbor (IALS) was invited to speak at the Inspirational Women of the Law Event 2017 organised by Newcastle Law School on 22 March 2017. Following the successful event and portrait exhibition in 2015, this event celebrated in particular the achievements of iconic and influential black, Asian and minority ethnic women who have worked in and with the law, or who have used the law to make a significant contribution to society - and to inspire the next generation. Other speakers included Funke Abimbola, Newcastle graduate and Legal Counsel at Roche UK, the word’s largest biotech company; Judy Khan QC, leading criminal lawyer barrister who has represented amongst others the families of the Hillsborough victims; and Marcia Willis Stewart, legal aid public law lawyer of the year in 2015 and lawyer for the family of Mark Duggan. The event coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the conferral of an honorary degree by Newcastle University on Dr Martin Luther King, and formed part of the Freedom City celebrations taking place across Newcastle to commemorate Dr King’s honorary degree.