Black History Month is not simply about understanding the events of the past, but their impact on the present and our collective future. While we all strive for quality and diversity within the legal profession, find out why progress has been slow, in spite of the growing pool of aspiring lawyers from different backgrounds.
Join Ja’red Burton-Graham as he distils an epic history into the fundamental and compelling reasons why race remains such a significant issue in modern society. The marketing campaign that divided the world in two. Big business in the 17th century. Generations of socio-economic deprivation. Ja’red’s thought-provoking presentation explains why Black history still impacts everyday opportunities for Black people, across education, health, wealth and even survival. The final part of the presentation focuses on driving change and how aspirations of equality and diversity in the legal profession will take more than just a shift in attitudes and the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.
Ja’red Burton-Graham is neither an activist nor an academic, yet his insight brings a refreshingly straightforward approach to Black history. He regularly briefs government departments, including HM Treasury and the Ministry of Defence as well as global businesses such as Barclays and QVC, promoting policy change through a deeper understanding of how we arrived at racial inequality in the first place. By sharing his own personal experiences, Ja’red brings his eye-opening narrative to life with a message of positivity and hope for the future.
Sequentus is a not-for-profit organisation providing aspiring law students with pro bono and skills development opportunities through casework programmes in criminal appeals, professional discipline and family law, as well as preparation for the SQE and gaining Qualifying Work Experience. We focus on alternative routes to becoming a practitioner and using technology to enable people from non-traditional backgrounds to access work experience and learning opportunities.