THEMIS IN ACTION
It is a major part of Themis' vision that Themis will be an active organisation, promoting knowledge-sharing and collaboration among our members. We also intend to make our events as openly accessible as possible, whether in person or via the use of digital technology. To that end, our initial plan for what a typical Themis year will look like is set out below...
Themis will hold at least two educational events each year, addressing issues of special concern to women at the Bar, whether in specific areas or across the board. Possible topics could cover career progression (e.g. after the first seven years; approaching applications for silk or judicial roles); issues that push women from the Bar; and returning to the Bar after a career break. Topic suggestions are welcomed.
Educational events will be accessible live online, as well as recorded for later viewing via the members' section of this website. It is hoped that they could, where appropriate, also be certified for CPD.
We will also host at least two major networking events every year focussed on developing connections between women at the Bar and beyond. Some of it will be of a more traditional style, while other events might be a bit more avant-garde - think speed networking, for example!
We're keen to make these flexible and accessible to fit with our members' busy schedules at work and at home. In the same vein, we intend to hold at least monthly video call socials, where members can log on and catch up, wherever they are.
From the outset, Themis wants to bring women together, but also recognises that we're not the only ones doing this. For that reason, at least two of our annual events will be in partnership with other organisations supporting women in law generally, or specific sections of the Bar.
Of course, we also want to know
what you think and what our members want to know more about. If your organisation would like to partner with Themis, or if you have an idea for a topic that we should address, please get in touch with us via the links below.
PARTNERSHIPS & PROPOSALS
In addition to Themis' events throughout the year, this website will also operate as a hub for various ongoing member activities.
There is of course the Blog, which we will encourage members to contribute to, with the hope of stimulating lively and respectful discussion. We will in time establish a Mentoring programme, to assist the sharing of knowledge on an individual basis between members at different career stages. There is also a Resources page within the Members section of this website where we will begin to gather information about chambers' best practice and areas of improvement around issues particularly affecting women barristers, both generally and in particular sectors. We also plan to survey members regarding issues of importance to them, in order to tailor our offerings and collaborations.