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Overcoming Age Bias In the Legal Profession, With a Discussion of ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)

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Produced on January 20, 2017

$ 59 Ethics, Discrimination & Harassment, and Civil Rights In Stock

Course Information

Time 65 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Join the presenters Andrea S. Kramer, partner in McDermott Will & Emery, and Alton B. Harris, partner in Nixon Peabody LLP, for this important program about eliminating age bias in the legal profession. Understanding age stereotypes and the biases surrounding both younger and older lawyers, allows legal organizations to effectively combat age discrimination, while improving generational harmony. Ms. Kramer and Mr. Harris will provide techniques that participants can use to avoid or overcome the biases they face or observe as young people enter the profession while others grow older. They will also discuss the unique biases women lawyers face as they grow older. Additionally, the program will review the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, age discrimination workplace complaints, the status of litigation, and ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) and the effect that this recently expanded rule has on the definition of professional misconduct [discrimination].

The presenters are practicing attorneys with extensive experience in law firm management, hiring and promotion, compensation, stereotypes and unconscious bias. They have served in senior management positions at their law firms and have in-depth experience with all aspects of personnel management, including recruiting, hiring and firing, individual and team supervision, compensation, and promotion. They have co-authored more than 30 professional and gender-related articles and book chapters and they have collaborated in mentoring women in a variety of positions and fields and speaking to business and professional groups about overcoming gender bias, and webcasts and blogs on the elimination of bias in the legal profession. This course is based on their personal experiences and the research used in their book, Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, Bibliomotion, Brookline, MA, 2016.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the age stereotypes and biases that are prevalent in the legal profession.
  2. See how gender stereotypes and biases interact with age stereotypes to discriminate against women over 45 years old.
  3. Sensitize male attorneys and the organizations they run to the negative effects of age stereotypes and biases.
  4. Provide all lawyers with effective techniques to avoid or eliminate age bias in their organizations.

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Andrea S. Kramer

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Andrea S. Kramer is a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where she heads the firm’s Financial Products, Trading & Derivatives Group. She is a nationally recognized authority on gender communication, having mentored thousands of women and written many articles on the subject, including co-authoring the American Bar Association’s guide, “What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation.” Kramer co-founded the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance (WLMA) and currently serves as the organization’s board chair. She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, received the prestigious Gender Diversity Lawyer of 2014 award from ChambersUSA, and is the recipient of many other awards for her commitment to improving gender diversity and equality for women. Kramer is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

Alton B. Harris

Nixon Peabody

Alton B. Harris was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm Ungaretti & Harris, now part of Nixon Peabody LLP. At Ungaretti and Harris, he served at various times as managing partner, executive and compensation committee member, and head of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. Harris is also an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, and he sits on the board of directors of a billion-dollar technology corporation.

He has served as mentor, coach, and counselor to many successful businesswomen and recently wrote with Kramer, “Taking Control: Women, Gender Stereotypes, and Impression Management.” 



very interesting

Gerald C.


John L.

So true.

Pat C.

Great Discussion on a topic that needs it.

Daniel O.

Important topic well presented; bibliography of references welcome.

Gregory P.

thank you.

Dave D.


Alexia K.

Thank you for addressing the issue of bias against younger lawyers!

Stephanie O.

Fun presenters. Lots of interesting statistics; made you think.

Daria T.

Excellent. adorable couple and lots of good advice for older lawyers, and older female lawyers. Thank you!

Rasheed M.

This was a good ethics course.

Robin E.

As a 57 year-old female attorney, I was very interested in the content of this program! i

Yuka K.

A lot of information I've never even considered. Enlightening.

Virginia M.

I enjoyed this course.

Sandra N.

Excellent course. I gained insight as to what skill sets I can focus on as an older attorney when seeking new business opportunities.

Robert S.

very relevant to what is happening in today's workplace especially after recession

Donna W.

The two instructors were so engaging! It was heartening to see watch two accomplished lawyers address such critical and pervasive issues. I could watch them all day!

John C. T.

good give and take with the two faculty

Stephen K.


Amanda H.

clear, thought-provoking, and inspiring

Eve R.

Helpful examples.

Abrar Q.

excellent and important. thank you

Pamela M.

Very insightful

Florence D N.

Great informative discussion

Daniel P.

Good class and coverage of topic.

Lisa O.

Very informative and much "food for thought"

Bethanne H.

Very important topic.

Ralph P.

Good team teaching!

Carol S.

Great Faculty

Raymond L.

Great Course

Alinka T.

I enjoyed this ethics and topic very much. Enlightening.

Carolina S.

great program - very informative!

Ruth G.

Practical information about stereotypes across the age range and how to address those in the workplace.

Julie A. B.

Thought-provoking presentation. Admirable level of detail bolstered by statistics.

John W.

enjoyable presentation

Karen M.

Very well organized, thought-provoking & useful (no matter what your age) -- thanks!

Mary Ann S.

Excellent level of detail and useful supporting statistics.

Diane H.

Really enjoyed the presenters and the powerpoint.

Carey M.

Very interesting!

Holly R.

Great perspectives and insight. Thank you!!

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