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.
Hazel is a final year Law and Business student at University College Cork and future trainee solicitor with McCann FitzGerald.
Conor Courtney is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (B.A.) and Dublin Business School (LLB).
Eoin is a Third Year Law Student in Trinity College Dublin. He is a Caseworker for The Innocent Project and is heavily involved in Trinity Law Society and Trinity Law Review.
Cathal is a final year Law and Business student in UCC and future trainee solicitor in Arthur Cox.
Molly is a second year Law & Irish student In University College Cork. She has a keen interest in promoting inclusion in the law and legal sector.
Samantha is undertaking the first hybrid PPC and is an Immigration Legal Executive / Trainee at Philip Lee.
Susan is a student and intern from Dublin. She has a Bachelor of Social Science from Maynooth University in which she completed her undergraduate thesis on the cultural significance of Queer Icons for the LGBTQ+ community.
Bailey is a 2nd year Law and Business student in UCC and the current Co-Chair and co-founder of the OUTLaw Network Student Committee.
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
Harrison is a Law and Society student in DCU and the current Co-Chair and co-founder of the OUTLaw Network Student Committee.
Barbara is a Senior Associate in Eversheds Sutherland, working on their Insolvency and Restructuring team. Barbara was the recipient of OUTLaw's first "LGBT+ Champion of the Year".
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.
Seán is a member of the Bar of Ireland and the Bar of England and Wales. His practice is concentrated mainly on corporate insolvency and bankruptcy, banking and financial services and contract disputes. Seán is our first Law Library nominee to the OUTLaw committee.
Stephen was 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 Philip Lee. She is Chairperson of the Irish Women Lawyers Association and is a founder of the Lesbian Lawyers Network.
Aisling is a Senior 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.