Karen Coppens

Karen spearheaded the efforts of the Dechert Global Women’s Initiative (GWI) in London in order to create an internal support network for women at all levels at the firm. This involved organising events that enable female lawyers and business service professionals to meet and interact with more experienced colleagues. She organised a number of speaking events in London to showcase female talent, and devised a monthly training programme for female professionals at Dechert. Karen has also organised a number of sessions to develop lawyers’ and business service professionals’ technical skills and soft skills to provide women with the tools to develop and progress within the ranks of the firm. Throughout her career, Karen has provided mentoring services to more junior women to encourage people from different backgrounds to pursue professional careers. Pro bono matters have remained high on Karen’s agenda since the start of her career. She is currently supporting an NGO to analyse sexual offences laws in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to advocate for legislative changes to improve the rights of the LGBT community. She drafted a report for the Centre for Reproductive Rights to supplement the report of the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo scheduled for review by the Human Rights Council. She also volunteered with the Advocates for Human Rights to assess the implementation of domestic violence laws in Serbia and has worked with Oxfam on a similar project in Kenya which was commended by the Financial Times in 2014.

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