Gender stereotypes and the biases that flow from them remain a serious problem in the legal profession, even in the most well-intentioned law firms and organizations. When lawyers understand gender stereotypes and biases, they can effectively combat gender discrimination and improve gender diversity in the legal profession. This course provides lawyers with the information and insights they need to recognize and stop often subtle and unconscious gender biases. It also provides advice and techniques that women and men can use to avoid or overcome such gender bias.
The presenter, Andrea S. Kramer, is a practicing attorney with extensive experience in law firm management, hiring and promotion, compensation, and gender bias. She has served in senior management positions at her law firm and has in-depth experience with all aspects of personnel management, including recruiting, hiring and firing, individual and team supervision, compensation, and promotion. She has co-written more than thirty professional and gender-related articles and book chapters with her husband and fellow attorney Alton Harris, 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.
I. Understand the gender stereotypes and biases that are prevalent in the legal profession
II. Comprehend how gender stereotypes and biases operate to hold female lawyers back in their careers
III. Provide female lawyers with effective techniques to break through gender bias when they face it
IV. Sensitize men to the negative effects of gender stereotypes and biases, while providing them with techniques to avoid or eliminate gender bias in their organizations
Andie has vigorously worked to remove discriminatory barriers to women’s career advancement for over 30 years. Despite her successful and demanding legal practice, Andie has helped thousands of women navigate both obvious and subtle gender-based obstacles to successful careers. Her keen insights into the nature and operation of gender bias and her pragmatic techniques for avoiding or overcoming these obstacles have made her a nationally recognized authority on gender discrimination, the nature and operation of stereotypes and biases, and practices and policies to increase women’s leadership opportunities.
Andie is the co-author, with her husband, Al Harris, of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work (2016) and It’s Not You It’s the Workplace, Women’s Conflicts at Work and the Bias that Built It (August 2019). She is a co-author of the American Bar Association’s guide “What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation.” She has written hundreds of articles and blog posts, and she’s a Forbes contributor.
Andie is a partner in an international law firm where she was the first chair of its Gender Diversity Committee and now takes great pride that her firm has recently been named one of the “10 Best Big Law Firms for Female Attorneys.” She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal for her “demonstrated power to change the legal landscape, shape public affairs, launch industries, and do big things.” She also received the Founders Award from the Chicago Bar Association, the Women with Vision Award from the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, the Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women in Law Initiatives, and was named the 2014 Gender Diversity Private Practice Lawyer of the Year by ChambersUSA for her outstanding contributions to furthering the advancement of women in law.
Andie is a dynamic, inspirational speaker who conducts workshops around the country on gender, bias, communication, and workplace relationships. She draws on her research, work advocating for women, and professional experiences to provide realistic, detailed, and readily usable advice. More about Andie, her writing, and her upcoming speaking engagements can be found at www.AndieandAl.com.
This was very interesting. Thank you!
this was the best CLE I have ever attended. .
Useful for me, a male
I enjoyed learning about the topic and found it very educational; the speaker was very good and I enjoyed listening to her.
very good - possibly the best presentation I've ever seen on this topic.
Glorious Chicago accent!
This was the excellent i already ordered her and her husband's book on Amazon
The lecturer zeroes in on the psychological or sociological issues in a realistic down-to-earth manner and is very good.
Effective presentation with comprehensive material.
This was a very informational session and exactly what i have experienced in the legal profession.
Great subject matter - well taught
helpful -didnt know gender was such a big issue
Loved the point about bias hiring if a firm "pitches" itself differently to men and women- such a great point!
the Presenter made a dry tiopic easy to absorb.
Very useful information for everyone to eliminate gender bias in the workplace.
Very well done
very informative with good examples such as goldilocks
Excellent and informative. I can't recommend it enough. Worth every second of your time.
Absolutely excellent. Taken many and this was succinct and very helpful.
I really appreciated how this presenter gave examples of actions that women engage in that promote the "communal" stereotype. Even at 55 years of age, I find that I am guilty of all of them! The presenter also demonstrated how the same actions that men engage in are deemed to be bossy (or another "B" word) by women. Great presentation. I highly recommend.
Very practical information. thank you.
Very informative course. I learned a lot about my own biases and how to overcome them.
I think this is applicable to industries across the gamut of industries!
Very thoughtful presentation.
Excellent presenter and content.
It was an amazing seminar. The attorney highlighted so many facets of gender bias that I know exists but never paid close attention too. It was very informative and made me more aware of this aspect of bias. Thank you!
I found the course to be quite insightful and invaluable.
Eye opening...very informative, and appreciated.
Thought provoking. Worth your time.
i found this course particular useful as I navigate ,y intersection as a Black woman attorney.
great instructor, very clear.
I expected it to be informative, but this was excelllent far beyond expectations. I really appreciated the facts she posted early in the presentation about gender bias. This was eye opening. She is superb. I wish she was ABA President.
Very good substance, well and clearly presented. The slides were very well done and matched the verbal presehntation and supported it well. I enjoyed it. .thank yoy
I really enjoyed this CLE.
This is the best Lawline course I've ever taken. Very sophisticated presentation. In fact, I'm going to watch it again.
Excellent. Very interesting!
Interesting and engaging presentation, thanks
This program should be mandatory for all lawyers, male and female. Incredibly interesting!!!!
I enjoyed it and found it helpful.
Surprisingly informative. Well done.
This is the best Lawline course I have ever taken so far, and there should be more efforts to expand on courses in this area as well as on age discrimination,
Best course! Everyone of every gender will benefit from this course. Thank you for such an informative and enlightening lecture.
Excellent presentation, very useful, not only from a professional point of view but also from a personal perspective.
This program was excellent. One of the best I have watched.
Good presentation that provides a lot for male attorneys to consider
Good treatment sensitive subject mater.
One of the best professional conduct sessions I've attended. Really important and relevant topic.
Puts her finger on problems we have experienced for years.
Loads of things to think about and practical tips to apply. Everyone should take this course. Thank you for the great lecture.
Simply excellent. Thank you.
Good discussion of how psychological issues lead to and support inappropriate professional behavior
Great pace, interesting, good materials.
Very good thoughtful presentation. I'll try to be ,more aware as a male supervisor
Good suggestions on how to actively overcome bias in the legal profession.
Very helpful in increasing awareness about behaviors and communication styles that reinforce stereotypes
Nice takeaways: "communal" versus "agentic", etc.
Very well presented
This is a superb presentation of the issues and how to eliminate them! A must attend for all folks.
This program provided deep insights that I need to spend time thinking about.
I have practiced for over thirty years and took this course for the new NY diversity requirement. Much of the information in this seminar I learned the hard way through experience. The issues of gender bias need to be understood by young female attorneys. I would recommend Lawline put together a bundle on navigating gender bias and harassment.
Quite informative. Opened my eyes a bit further.
I thought I knew more than I did on this subject. It was very enlightening.
A very informative and much needed course.
Excellent presentation and topic! Very insightful.
Very important topic. This issue should be addressed in law school too.
I thought the speaker was knowledgeable about gender bias and was able to keep my interest throughout the program. I also thought the presentation site was easy to use and follow along.
Excellent content and delivery
Excellent. I learned more about this subject than I have learned in any other course.
This class is a good overview of the topic. I have taken classes on ethnic bias but don't remember taking a class on gender bias so should get credit for the class.
I enjoyed the presentation. It was informative.
Very interesting, eye-opening CLE.
I found this course particularly informative and plan to try to have it played to our partnership
Though this topic is more general (it applies within and outside the legal industry), it was a fascinating presentation. It makes me feel aware of biases, much the way I felt aware after watching Scientific American Frontiers' episode titled "Hidden Motives," where they examined Harvard's "Project Implicit" and the nature of implicit biases. I highly recommend this CLE course.
One of the most beneficial CLEs I have ever taken. Thank you very much.
I am glad they added this to the CLE requirements.
Thank you for a great presentation on women in the workplace!
Interesting lecture, and practical tips on effective communication.
Very well done presentation. Excellent slides. Very substantive.
One of the best classes I have ever taken
This was very informative.
excellent stereotype-smashing presentation
one of the best courses i have taken
Very clear discussion of gender bias.
One of the best I have seen!
We live in a political world, based on sex, age, race and many other factors. Programs such as this help us to move forward with more fairness and equality.
Strong material, well-presented, with helpful and practical ideas for recognizing bias and advancing change.
Excellent course! It was spot on.
Great topic and presentation. Very useful written materials.
good at stating the problem and its causes, with solutions that are doable and should be effective.
Good info. Thanks.
Learned about non-verbal communication. very interesting. .
Should be required for all male attorneys.
Excellent! Hit the mark - after 30 plus years as a lawyer I have experienced it all. Good tips. Even talked about "mansplaining" although didn't use that specific term.
I found this course extremely interesting and helpful.
Fascinating. Male listener.
Excellent and informative. Thank you.
Interesting insights on ways women are discriminated in firms.
Fantastic Presentation and Content.
Very, very informative.
Amazing presentation, very informative.
I really appreciated this course and its subject matter more than any the other, random courses that cover a variety of practice areas. Thank you.
Excellent. This should be a mandatory course for all CLE requirements nationwide.
well done, comprehensive
Good, thought provoking.
Interesting material thank you Andrea
This was very well done. i learned a lot.
Thanks for offering such a wide range of topics for an audience with different interests!
This CLE was thought provoking and has challenged me to consider workplace interactions in a new light. I am very happy I took the time to watch it and will share it with colleagues.
wowie - great presentation. Articulated meaningfully and wholly accessible. Thank you.
Very helpful. Interested in her book.
Great program, really well presented.
Descriptions of the interactions/misconceptions between male and female attorneys, as well as between different races, were interesting/enlightening.
Very well done and provides an insight
Very informative course that covered a lot of ground.
Excellent bias presentation.
A lot of helpful pointers.
I loved this presentation. So informative and important.
I really enjoyed this. Thank you, Ms. Kramer.
The most useful course in this CA bundle! I will buy several copies of this book.
Very Good presentation
I enjoyed this instructor's perspective. Nice lady. Interesting.
The course provided additional insights in dealing with my colleagues on a more positive basis.
loved the presentation. much needed for both men and women lawyers.
Informative and helpful
Excellent presentation and material.
enlightening in areas I never initially thought of, thank you.
This was very informative and will help me as a professional.
Best course I've listened to!
This course gave specific details about why and how women are seen as weaker and less effective than men in the legal profession, and techniques on how to avoid getting stuck in the goldilock dilemma, and overcome agentic and negative bias (through attuned communication, and organizational changes).
Very well done!!!
Very informative and helpful
This was an excellent course about gender bias. You would have thought that since the Women's Movement this would have been eliminated. Now it is a lot more subtle.
Excellent program. It should be mandatory viewing for all senior management.
common sense but important
excellent discussion on gender issues
I have been practicing for 41 years - and I learned most of this stuff through many difficult experiences. I have recommended this seminar to all of our associates
This topic should be included in every law school curriculum.
Very good, informative speaker.
Very useful. Presents positive actions to counter some toxic situations.
Should be required viewing for all attorneys! Excellent presentation that should open some eyes in our profession to make it more unbiased.
A truly excellent presentation.
Andrea Kramer did an excellent job of explaining both cultural and legal profession examples. She was outstanding.
great presentation, eye opening
I don't usually comment on these things, but I have to say I enjoyed this presentation very much. It was well done and made me think a lot about the topic.
Very thought provoking
Very well done. Thank you.
really excellent. every man and woman should have to train in this.
by far one of the best seminars
Excellent and informative
This is a must-see for any lawyer in a law firm setting - male or female.
Appropriate for CA Bias requisite.
This is by far my favorite course I've watched yet.
This speaker was excellent. I was able to stay engaged throughout the course.