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This groundbreaking Act enabled women to be awarded university degrees and to enter professions such as law and medicine from which they had been barred. But women were excluded from the foreign and diplomatic service until , and while they were allowed to sit on juries, they were widely excluded from cases involving sexual assault until What did the Act achieve and what barriers to equality still remain?
Jo was called to the Bar in , took silk in , became a Recorder in , was made a Bencher of Middle Temple in , and was appointed Gresham Professor of Law in , a role she performed alongside her full-time silk practice at 4 Paper Buildings, Temple, London. She was made an Emeritus Gresham Professor of Law in In March Jo was given the Freedom of the City of London to mark the centenary of years of suffrage in recognition of her contribution to the Law.
Jo is being as part of the First Years podcasts series by Spark 21 celebrating the centenary of the right of a woman to the legal profession. Her clients often have mental health difficulties or serious learning difficulties. Jo acts for children who have been sexually abused and face allegations of sexually abusing others. Jo has been outspoken about the use and abuse of power at the Bar, whether it be sexual harassment or inappropriate judicial conduct in court. She has recently spoken out about mental health stigma in her profession to acclaim from within her industry.
Her Gresham lectures have brought her to the attention of a non-legal audience. She has honed the skill of talking about controversial and complex subjects with authority and passion, engaging an audience that ranges from the general public, members of industry, the legal profession through to press and politicians. Hidden behind these markers of career progression is the fact that Jo comes proudly from a single parent family, went to comprehensive schools and was the first member of her family to stay in education beyond the age of Both through her professional and pro bono work, and in her numerous engagements as a speaker, Professor Delahunty is drawn towards sharing her knowledge by striving to make the law, its practice as well as its principles, accessible to the society it serves.
She served as Gresham Professor of Law from All lectures by the Gresham Professors of Law can be accessed here. Device is incompatible to play the video. Share this lecture. Bookmark this lecture. Professor Jo Delahunty QC. . Extra Lecture Materials. Download audio file. This is part of the series: The Practice of Law. Law Family law. Related Past Lectures. Part of a series. Can you balance life as a Parent with you Career?
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