Professional member: £42.00
Haben Girma is the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School
Date: Tuesday 26 November 2019
Time: 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm (Registration from 5.45 pm; drinks reception after the event at 7.30 pm)
Venue: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. Map
DLA Piper (UK) LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Haben Girma, Disability Rights Lawyer, Author, Speaker
“Disability & Innovation: The Universal Benefits of Inclusive Design”
The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, and a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. President Bill Clinton and Chancellor Angela Merkel have also honoured Haben. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation. She travels the world teaching the benefits of choosing inclusion. In August she published her first book, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.
This will be the first time that Haben has spoken in the UK and SCL is honoured to be hosting this event.
Live subtitles will be shown throughout the lecture.
“I am delighted that Haben is giving this year’s SCL Sir Brian Neill Lecture. Her perspective is unique and she speaks with conviction and great humour. This is a treat for SCL" - Professor Richard Susskind OBE, SCL President
The SCL Annual Lecture honours the memory of Rt Hon Sir Brian Neill PC, a former President of SCL and pre-eminent pioneer of court technology. Past SCL lectures have been given by Lawrence Lessig, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Dame Wendy Hall, The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE and most recently Shannon Salter, Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal in Canada.
Sponsorship opportunities to support this event are available here.
It is intended that any profits from this event will be used to establish an SCL bursary to assist a person with disabilities attend law school.
Haben Girma - Awards and recognition
What People Say About Haben Girma:
Thank you so much, Haben for working to make sure that students with disabilities get a world-class education, just like you have.
President Barack Obama
She got out of Harvard, and you know what she’s doing? She is an advocate for opportunities for people with disabilities. Because in fact they have enormous ability, and all over the world that ability is going untapped, diminishing their lives and the rest of ours as well.
President Bill Clinton
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