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The BAME sub committee is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural spoken word competition Sana Haris and the runner up Beyounce Porter. Both students are undergraduate students at the University of Law.

The competition was open to BLS students and asked students to submit a video explaining if they could make a law what would it be? The winner, Sana will undertake work experience at leading law firm Gowling WLG.

Sana stated “The competition was an opportunity for me to raise awareness on many disproportionate challenges and stereotypes we all may face in various forms, often as a result of a simple assumption. These challenges motivated me to enter the competition to convey the impact these assumptions have and to encourage everyone to contemplate the consequences of assuming matters, which can lead to harmful results.

I am incredibly pleased to have been voted the winner of the competition by the panel of judges; it has given me confidence to continue raising awareness of these issues.

I look forward to working with Gowling WLG with great excitement and anticipation. I conveyed many messages in my spoken word piece and Gowling are a firm that represent many, if not all of these key stances through their commitment and support for their clients as well as their employees.”

Timothy Evans, principal associate from Gowling WLG stated ”We believe that there’s strength in diversity and that attracting and retaining a diverse team not only creates a better, more equitable workplace, but allows us to deliver the best possible service to our clients. We applaud these competitions which seek to break-down the barriers to the profession.”

Campus Dean, Sarah Ramsey commented: “The University of Law in Birmingham is very proud to sponsor this competition which showcases the creative talents of our students in the region. The winner and runner up produced powerful and thought provoking pieces of spoken work and are very worthy recipients of these prizes.”

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