Ending the Discriminatory Consequences of Age Bias in the Legal Profession

(114 Ratings)

Produced on: March 15, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

In this program, Andrea S. Kramer (“Andie”) and Alton B. Harris (“Al”) begin by explaining the nature and operation of age stereotypes – those about both younger and older lawyers. They discuss how these stereotypes result in discriminatory biases against persons at both ends of the age spectrum. They convincingly explain why it is so important for legal organizations to combat age discrimination. Next, they present a series of effective, practical practices, policies, and techniques that legal organizations can use to eliminate age bias and improve generational harmony. They also review the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the status of litigation under this Act, and the likely impact of ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) on age discrimination.

Married to each other, Andie and Al have been working together for more than 30 years to promote gender equality in the workplace. Their writing, speaking, and mentoring all have as their objective helping women, men, and organizations to recognize and eliminate the discriminatory consequences of stereotype bias of all sorts, including gender, racial, and age.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the nature and operation of age stereotypes and the biases that flow from them
  2. Examine how these age biases limit career opportunities for both older and younger lawyers
  3. Recognize how gender stereotypes interact with age stereotypes to particularly disadvantage women lawyers over 45 years old
  4. Come away with practical, effective techniques and practices that will allow you and your legal organization to eliminate the discriminatory consequences of age bias


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.” 


Mary B.

Excellent coverage of age-related issues

James E H.

This was an outstanding live webinar! Ms. Kramer and Mr. Harris are to be commended for presenting such an in-depth program in 1 hour.

J Thomas S.

Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris are a perfect team. This is my first webinar, but it won't be my last. I will be on the lookout for presentations by this team.

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