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Young Lawyers Virtual Conference – Forging the way Forward

September 22

Join the YCLA virtual conference on how to forge a gratifying and successful career.

The Young Commonwealth Lawyers Association (YCLA) are pleased to announce their inaugural virtual Conference, the theme of the Conference being: Young Commonwealth Lawyers – Forging the Way Forward where young commonwealth lawyers will reaffirm the Commonwealth bond of legal fraternity, with each session providing an opportunity to participate.

What could you gain?

  • Help build the bridge between the geographical gap.
  • An opportunity for young lawyers to form lasting and meaningful relationships between Commonwealth countries through discourse over the Conference.
  • Young lawyers can learn from and dialog with seasoned practitioners and colleagues alike.
  • Designed by young lawyers for young lawyers.

DATE : Thursday 22nd September

Time : 6.00am – 4.45pm BST

Register here


12.00 am Kingston

1.00 am Nassau

6.00 am London/Abuja

7.00 am Lusaka

8.00 am Nairobi

Opening & Welcoming remarks Brian Speers 6.00 – 6.15 am BST
Keynote speech Justice Mary Lim 6.15 – 6.30 am BST
How young lawyers can negotiate their pay and advocate for their career progression Yeo Mei Gong
Fotini Iconomopoulos
6.30 – 7.30 am BST
Mentoring, Professional Growth & Crafting a Specialization as a Young Lawyer Kimberley Williams Wroe
Adrian Tan
Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu
7.45 – 8.45 am BST
Understanding gender at work in the law: how to expose gender bias blind spots for career success
Dr Janin Bredehoeft 9.00 – 10.00 am BST
Recent developments in LGBTQ+ rights a Braun
John McKendrick QC
11:30 – 12:30 pm BST
Wellness in law and Retention in the legal practice Dr Jemma King
Keith Anderson
Eileen Schofield 
12.45 – 1.45 pm BST
Advocacy: A Practical Approach/ Basics of Advocacy for YL / Advocacy for YL: Tips from the Bar Steven Thiru
Claire Palmer
Chloe McMillan
2.00 – 3.00 pm BST
“Actualizing the 2nd Pillar of the International Decade for People of African Descent; Recognition, Justice and Development” Alfred Dei 3.15 – 4.15 pm BST