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In Black and White: A Young Barrister's Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System
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In Black and White: A Young Barrister's Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System (Hardback)

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'I glanced around the courtroom, quickly at first and then repeated it. Slower this time, taking in the details of everyone's faces. I began to play the game I'd played my whole life: spot the black person. Of course, I wish it didn't matter what I looked like or where I came from, but it was obvious that no one there looked like me.'



Alexandra is 24, mixed-race and from Essex. As a trainee criminal and family law barrister she finds herself navigating a world and a set of rules designed by old white men. This is her story.



We follow Alexandra through a criminal justice system still divided by race and class. We hear about the life-changing events that motivated her to practice criminal and family law, beginning with the murder of a close family friend and her own experiences of knife and gun crime.



She shows us how it feels to defend someone who hates the colour of your skin or someone you suspect is guilty, and the heart-breaking cases of youth justice she has worked on. Her story is unique in a profession still dominated by a privileged section of society with little first-hand experience of the devastating impact of violent crime.

BiographyBiography: generalBiographyMemoirsLawJurisprudence & general issuesLaw & societyGender & the lawLawJurisprudence & general issuesSystems of law Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group Publication Date: 17/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9781913068288  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Alexandra Wilson is a junior barrister. She is the eldest of four children. Her mother is White British, her father is Black British and her paternal grandparents were born in Jamaica and came to England as part of the Windrush generation. Alexandra grew up on the border of East London and Essex. She studied at the University of Oxford and was awarded two prestigious scholarships, enabling her to research the effect of police shootings in the US on young people's attitudes to the police. She went on to study for a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and her Masters-in-Law at BPP University in London. Alexandra was awarded the first Queen's scholarship by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, a scholarship awarded to students showing exceptional promise in a career at the Bar. Twitter: @EssexBarrister.

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