Below is a link to an interesting blog from the increasingly prominent legal academic Dr Stephen Vaughan about how, as a gay man, he approaches teaching about diversity in the legal profession and the slightly different situation of having a 'protected characteristic' that isn't self-evident.

The legal profession has a generally good story to tell about diversity - on the bare statistics, at least - but continues to have problems at the upper end in part for generational reasons but also because in places the profession still doesn't see all the nuances that it needs to. This excellent letter on the problems facing women applying for QC status shows the kind of thing I mean.

I would also thoroughly recommend reading this speech on widening participation in the legal profession by the now former vice-chair of the Bar Standards Board, Patricia Robertson QC.