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

Production Date: March 13, 2017 Practice Areas: Ethics and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 3847 minutes


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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
Susan M. B.
Massapequa, NY

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

Edgar G.
New York, NY

very good!

Christine M.
Brooklyn, NY

Very good presentation

joseph m.
oak brook, IL

Interesting perspectives

Douglas R.
Pound Ridge, NY

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

Dennis G.
Carlton, MN

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

Charles K.
New York, NY

Good handling of subject matter

Randy B.
New York, NY

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

Josh N.
Boca Raton, FL

Informative and provides practical advice

Phyllis C.
new suffolk, NY

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

connie b.
Pleasantville, NY

very very interesting and informative

Mark C.
Forest Hills, NY


Zeinab N.
Belvedere Tiburon, CA

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.
Yorba Linda, CA

By far the most intriguing class!


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

Natale D.
Cheshire, CT

Excellent Program!!

Augustin D.
Reston, VA

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

C Kempton L.
Redding, CA

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

Stewart K.
San Rafael, CA

Thank you!

James S.
Queens, NY


Irini K.
Cliffside Park, NJ

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

Chris K.
Houston, TX

Very helpful presentation.

Joy A.
Cliffwood, NJ

great presentation

Kathleen F.
Natick, MA

Very informative and useful.

Gregory S.
Elmhurst, IL

The presenters handled some difficult topics with professionalism and honesty.

Jennifer H.
Milwaukee, WI

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

Christine B.
Williamsville, NY

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

Linda V.
Columbus, GA

Excellent info and practical advice.

Marian W.
Trumbull, CT

Excellent discussion. Thought the format was interesting and informative.

Lynn Q.
Kannapolis, NC

Fantastic seminar! Buying the book today!

Jessica K.
Laguna Beach, CA

Thought-provoking. Thanks.

Holly R.
New York, NY

Good advice from both attorneys. Thank you.

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI

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