The OUTLaw Network was founded in 2018 and is being officially launched in early 2019. The aim of OUTLaw is to generate discussion and debate, through various social and educational events, and in doing so to promote and foster the inclusion of LGBT+ individuals and allies across the legal sector in Ireland.
OUTLaw’s objectives are to bring together LGBT+ individuals and allies working in the Irish legal sector in order to:
- share best practices, insights and initiatives specific to the legal sector;
- enable LGBT+ individuals and allies to build their professional networks;
- provide career and leadership development opportunities;
- to empower organisations and individuals working in the legal sector in Ireland to work together on shared goals connected with our aim; and
- promote and develop Ireland’s legal sector as a destination of choice for LGBT+ individuals.
OUTLaw was founded and is run by a volunteer committee, the members of which have a proven track record in advocating on behalf of and bringing together LGTB+ individuals and allies working in the Irish legal sector. The committee is currently chaired by Peter Ryan, the Network’s founder. You can meet the committee and read their profiles on the OUTLaw Network page. The committee’s terms of reference can be found here. While the committee currently consists of solicitors from larger Dublin law firms, the goal is to broaden participation to include regional and bespoke firms, barristers, trainee barristers and solicitors and in-house counsel.
Chris is an associate in the Corporate Department of DLA Piper and the current Chair of the OUTLaw Network. He is enthusiastic about working to make the legal profession more LGBT+ friendly and engaging with the entire sector to achieve systemic change
Barbara is a Senior Associate in Eversheds Sutherland, She is a founding member and Chairperson of Eversheds Sutherland Dublin’s internal LGBT+ and ally employee network, Perspective.
Peter is a chartered accountant, specializing in forensic accounting. He is former chair of OUTLaw and founded the network with the goal of promoting the inclusion of LGBT+ people in the legal sector.
Stephen is the first trainee solicitor to sit on Mason Hayes & Curran’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Through that committee, he actively promotes a diverse and inclusive culture within his workplace.
Rebecca is a solicitor in A&L Goodbody. She is a founding committee member of the Diversity and Inclusion Group and LGBT+ Allies Group in A&L Goodbody.
Tony is a solicitor in Matheson. He takes an active interest in the areas of diversity, inclusion and wellness with a particular focus on workplace diversity in the legal industry.
Gerard is a Senior Associate in William Fry. His background is in human rights law and he has been actively involved in the development and implementation of the William Fry D&I policy and initiatives.
Maeve is an associate in Arthur Cox. She is the CSR officer for Arthur Cox’s internal network for LGBT+ people and allies and is on the committee of the Lesbian Lawyer’s Network.
Cathal is an associate solicitor in the Arthur Cox Tax Group. He is a founding member and co-chair of alliance,
Aisling is a manager in the Forensic & Integrity Services department within EY. She aims to help promote inclusion of LGBT+ students and professionals.
David McCauley is an Associate at McCann FitzGerald, where he regularly advises in relation to employment equality and equal status law. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.