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Overcoming Gender Bias in the Legal Profession, With A Discussion of ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)

(1759 Ratings)

Produced on: March 13, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Join presenters Andrea S. Kramer, partner in McDermott Will & Emery, and Alton B. Harris, partner in Nixon Peabody LLP, for this important program about overcoming gender bias in the legal profession. They discuss the career achievement disparity between female and male lawyers, and demonstrate how understanding gender stereotypes and the biases that surround them provides lawyers with the information and insights they need to recognize and stop often subtle and unconscious gender biases. Additionally, Harris and Kramer provide advice and techniques that attorneys and legal organizations can use to overcome bias in the legal profession, with an emphasis on the application of the ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g).

Ms. Kramer and Mr. Harris are practicing attorneys with extensive experience in management, hiring, promotion, compensation, stereotypes, and unconscious bias. They have both served in senior management positions and have in-depth experience with all aspects of personnel management, including recruiting, hiring and firing, individual and team supervision, compensation, promotion, and mentoring. This course is based on their extensive personal experiences and research used in their book, Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed to Work, Bibliomotion, Brookline, MA, 2016.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the prevalence of gender stereotypes in the legal profession with respect to women, men, families, work, and leadership; and the biases that flow from these stereotypes

  2. Recognize how gender stereotypes and biases operate to hold female attorneys back in their careers

  3. Consider the application of ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)

  4. Develop practical strategies and effective techniques to break through gender bias and improve gender equality in the legal profession


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.” 


Cole C.

Good points, especially on ways to more frequently interact with women in the workplace.

Cynthia B.

Excellent course

Lauren B.

My favorite CLE yet. Every partner at every law firm should listen to this.

Robert F.

Very good. Glad you had a course like this. We really need this.

Rochelle L.

This should be offered to all fields, not just the legal field. This is an excellent presentation.

Cynthia Coulter M.

Andrea Kramer is the best lecturer on this topic. Sometimes when I’m having a bad day - like when I’m mistaken for the Court Reporter for probably the 100th time - I listen again to have some hope things will get better.

R John S.

Outstanding presentation. I followed the Authors excellent advisement and purchased their informative publication.

Michael B.

well done. Survey is a good idea.

Tiffany S.

great thoughtful speakers

Christina D.


Michael B.


Christine D.

The topic was fascinating and the presenters were excellent. thank you Andie and Al!

Bridget F.

Excellent program

Yeji K.

Thank you for the thoughtful insight to gender bias related issues. Your practical advises on how to tackle these issues are always greatly appreciated!

Skylar B.

This man was the perfect person to include in this CLE to reach people who might subconsciously minimize the same statements being said by a woman. And he gave the hard truth so eloquently and passionately. You're a great ally, sir! Thank you! (Coming from a woman - a young mother - who has left the profession for many of the reasons cited and doesn't know if she'll ever return.)

Steven M.

They exposed some really subtle ways in which gender bias works in our profession and gave some good suggestions on how to combat it.

Elysa B.

Good course! Very interesting.

Elise B.

Best CLE of the bundle.

Joyce S.

Fantastic presentation -- clear, thorough and on point.

Allyson J.

Excellent presentation filled with valuable information for both men and women.

Susan M. B.

Excellent and well organized presentation. Very interesting topic. Wonderful presenters.

Edgar G.

very good!

Christine M.

Very good presentation

joseph m.

Interesting perspectives

Douglas R.

This is a tough subject and the speakers did very well.

Dennis G.

Very well done! This is an important topic that needs to continue to be addressed.

Charles K.

Good handling of subject matter

Randy B.

Good program. Hope there is a part 2 to discuss unconscious bias.

Josh N.

Informative and provides practical advice

Phyllis C.

Appreciated the partnership model presented by the female and male colleagues.

connie b.

very very interesting and informative

Mark C.


Zeinab N.

Really good course. I learned a lot about gender bias and communication. As a female lawyer, I really identified with some of the comments.

Cindy M.

By far the most intriguing class!


Interesting - although I did not always agree with the broad brush views espoused

Natale D.

Excellent Program!!

Augustin D.

The ways organizations can act to avoid gender discrimination were well spelled out.

C Kempton L.

Very enlightening and thought provoking. I appreciated the effort of the presenters in opening the eyes.

Stewart K.

Thank you!

James S.


Irini K.

Controversial but I am very glad this was an available module.

Chris K.

Very helpful presentation.

Joy A.

great presentation

Kathleen F.

Very informative and useful.

Gregory S.

The presenters handled some difficult topics with professionalism and honesty.

Jennifer H.

Best content I have seen/heard on this topic ever!! Thank you!

Christine B.

This course exceeded my expectations. It should be required training for every lawyer!

Linda V.

Excellent info and practical advice.

Marian W.

Excellent discussion. Thought the format was interesting and informative.

Lynn Q.

Fantastic seminar! Buying the book today!

Jessica K.

Thought-provoking. Thanks.

Holly R.

Good advice from both attorneys. Thank you.

Julie A. B.

An exceptionally fine, engrossing, top-notch program that scores a touchdown.

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