Ending the Discriminatory Consequences of Age Bias in the Legal Profession
Created on March 15, 2018
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.
- Analyze the nature and operation of age stereotypes and the biases that flow from them
- Examine how these age biases limit career opportunities for both older and younger lawyers
- Recognize how gender stereotypes interact with age stereotypes to particularly disadvantage women lawyers over 45 years old
- Come away with practical, effective techniques and practices that will allow you and your legal organization to eliminate the discriminatory consequences of age bias
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