by Jamila Archibald
I’m Jamila – I am a newly qualified solicitor at Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP. I am proud to be of both Scottish and Caribbean heritage. Like many others, I have personally felt affected by the death in the United States earlier this year of George Floyd which has sparked a discussion about what it means to be anti-racist; the conversation has progressed from condemning racism to encouraging society to practise being actively anti-racist, and the ways in which we can all be aware of, and address, our own biases. It is extremely important that as a profession we address and face racism head on and support each other. I explore the various ways in which to become an anti-racist ally below.
by Matthew McGovern, SYLA non-executive committee member
There is no doubt that there are significant problems with the criminal legal aid sector. My local court is Hamilton, which is one of the busiest sheriff courts in Scotland, and yet there are only two full-time criminal lawyers under the age of 30. There is one full-time criminal trainee in Lanarkshire.
By Antonia Welsh
I am one of this year’s devils at the Faculty of Advocates and will qualify on the 29 May 2020. I wanted to share with you some of the things I have learned and encourage some of you to consider a career at the Bar.
by Amina Amin
Hello there, I’m Amina – a trainee solicitor at Jones Whyte Law and a Non-Executive Committee Member of SYLA.
First of all, Ramadan Kareem to all the Muslim Members. I hope your fasts are going well during this tough time. It will definitely be a Ramadan to remember!
As many of you are, I am also working from home. Whilst this has many challenges in itself, I am facing another challenge, which is working from home during Ramadan. Ramadan is the holy ninth month of the Muslim year, whereby Muslims do not eat or drink between the rising and setting of the sun. Yes, you heard it, no food or drink for at least 18 hours!