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The Disappearance of Miss Bebb; celebrity play reading and conference

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University of Birmingham

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‘On the bench, in the jury box, THERE IS NO PLACE FOR THEM!’

The Law Society has come a long way since it barred Gwyneth Bebb and other campaigning Law graduates on the basis that women were not ‘persons’ in the eyes of the law and were thus disqualified from practicing as solicitors.

Today, The Law Society is in the forefront of promoting lawyers from every conceivable background, but other obstacles remain inherent in professional structures and wider society which inhibit representation of people from the full range of gender, ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds from participating in the law. To interrogate these issues, The Birmingham Law Society (BLS), The Kalisher Trust and The University of Birmingham have united to create a day event inspired by the Bebb v Law Society case.

Ending with a rehearsed reading of Alex Giles’ new play, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MISS BEBB, at 6pm in the Great Hall, Sunday 21st October is the culmination of Birmingham Law Society’s bi-centenary celebrations. Giles’ play is inspired by the historic Bebb v Law Society case brought in 1913 and will be performed by a celebrity cast led by Kalisher Trust Patron and Vice President, Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently, The Professionals) and star of Call the Midwife, Laura Main, with star of Foyles War, Honeysuckle Weeks, a host of professional actors and some special appearances from students from the University. The reading will last around 90 minutes and includes live sound effects and music.

THE CONFERENCE: STRIDING FORWARDS TOGETHER IN EQUAL PARTNERSHIP

GOALS. The ambitious goal of the conference is to advance the issues implicit in the Bebb v Law Society case and generate action for change in the future; inspiring and supporting the next generations of lawyers in the Midlands.

We believe the issues are (principally but not exclusively);

Barriers to access

The need for diversity of representation in the law (as in all professions)

Strategies for changing cultures which prevent access and diversity

The importance of inspiring and empowering the next generations.

Our carefully chosen contributors have a broad range of fascinating perspectives which can advance present perceptions and future thinking on these areas.

STRUCTURE. Framed as PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE, the conference aims to:

Understand the past and how it shapes behaviour and perceptions today;

Hear vivid personal experience of practice today;

Look to the future in terms of strategies to achieve change.

And this is no idle academic talking shop! We will end the day with a chaired forum discussion with all the speakers which produces active pledges, however small, of changes the audience will make in the future.

AUDIENCE. The day is designed to appeal to a broad mixture of young students and practicing professionals. There is an obvious interest for the legal profession, but this is by no means only open to lawyers and it should engage anyone concerned about questions of equality, diversity, access and justice in Britain today.


SPEAKERS:

Lord Judge – Key Note Speech: ‘Why Study Law?’

Professor Rosemary Auchmuty – Uncovering Feminist Legal History

Professor Katharine Cockin – A Pageant of Great Women

Linden Ife - Experience at The Bar; Corporate Law

Lucie French – Experience at The Bar – Family Law

Julia Goodman – Utilising your ‘You Brand’

Diane Samuels – writing ‘Feminine Theatre’ for Today

Alex Giles – The Challenge of Telling Bebb v Law Society on stage

Nomfundo Ramalekana – Achieving Positive Change; Lessons from South Africa

CONFERENCE ARRANGEMENTS

  • TIME: Starts at 1pm and ends at 5:15pm. Performance of Miss Bebb is at 6pm and over by 8pm inc speeches, & thanks.
  • LOCATION: Great Hall, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT.
  • ACCESS: Train or Bus to University, or parking will be available on campus. There will be easily identifiable Stewards to direct you on campus.
  • CATERING: Refreshments will be available all day at the adjacent café.
  • TALKS: Each speaker will present for approximately 15 minutes and Chaired Q&A sessions will follow each section.
  • TICKETS: £60 combined Conference and Play or £40 Conference only. Discounts available.

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