Women still under-represented in judiciary says study

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Women still under-represented in judiciary says study
Research by the Law Society in England & Wales shows that there is some way to go before women are properly represented in the judiciary.

Data from the courts and tribunals show that just 28% of court judges and 45% of tribunal judges are female. Women make up just 22% of high court judges and deputy judges and only 24% in the court of appeal.

Things do appear to be changing among the younger judiciary though with women making up 49% of all court judges and 62% of tribunal judges under 40.

The percentage of non-barristers working as judges has decreased from 37 per cent to 34 per cent.

Global firm helps develop first law school in Bhutan
The Kingdom of Bhutan has opened its first law school thanks to a collaboration between the Kingdom and global law firm White & Case.

Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law), chartered by the current King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, will be led by his sister Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, a Harvard LLM graduate.

"This day has been many years in the making," said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier. "We are honored to have worked together with the Royal Government of Bhutan. The Firm's involvement stems from our ongoing commitment to legal education around the world. This law school will play a crucial part in advancing Bhutan's inspiring transition to democracy."

Website launches to match lawyers with anti-Trump causes
A new online portal will match pro-bono lawyers with critical causes and has been inspired by opposition to President Trump.

We the Action was launched on Friday and aims to help those affected by government policy including non-profits. It says that an “unprecedented number of lawyers are stepping forward” to help.

“After the election and as Trump was coming, there was this huge outpouring of lawyers who just wanted to know what they could do,” Marc Elias, the D.C. Democratic elections lawyer who is serving as We the Action’s board chairman told Politico.com.  “We ought to be able to match this great demand for legal services.”

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