The WCLS Women’s Mentoring Scheme will offer WCLS women at all stages in their careers the opportunity to explore, with a senior member of the Society (male or female), what they would like to achieve in their professional lives and how to make their career aspirations a reality.
This initiative follows a panel discussion which took place in June to mark the 40 years of women at Wadham celebrations and highlighted the mismatch between the number of women working in the law at entry level and those that manage to rise to the top. Senior legal figures on the panel included Timothy Endicott, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford; Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions; Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; and Kathleen Sullivan, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. The panel agreed that a mentoring system could be beneficial to women working in the law.
WCLS spokesperson Joanna Otterburn commented: “We welcome male and female mentors in the legal sphere to mentor women for an initial period of one year. If you would like to become part of this scheme please get in touch by Friday 17 October to register your interest as a mentor or mentee.”
WCLS plan to launch the scheme with an event in January 2015.