On Demand

Combating Impostor Syndrome for Minority Attorneys

1h 1m

Created on October 19, 2021




This course is part of the virtual event, Theories On The Legal Profession's Lack of Diversity And Solutions For Change. Access this course and more. Learn more


What is impostor syndrome? What can attorneys experiencing impostor syndrome do to overcome it? What should law firms and legal organizations be doing to support minority attorneys and create an inclusive culture that does not cause or further perpetuate impostor syndrome? This useful session, presented by experienced practitioners and thought leaders in the legal industry, will address each of these critical questions. The presentation will provide a brief explanation of Impostor Syndrome and examine its place in the legal field. The speakers will also provide helpful strategies for non-minority managers to help their reports avoid impostor syndrome, along with strategies that minority attorneys can employ to combat and avoid experiencing impostor syndrome. 

Panelists: Beau Baez, President of Learn Law Better LLC and Visiting Professor of Law at University of Idaho College of Law; Cheyne Scott, Partner and Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC and Founder/Owner of the Spiritual Litigator LLC; and Onika Williams, Counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Former Chair of the National Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Define impostor syndrome
  2.  Identify some causes of impostor syndrome for minority attorneys 
  3.  Examine the characteristics of impostor syndrome 
  4.  Discuss ways minorities can overcome impostor syndrome

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