Steps to Eliminate Bias in the Legal Profession

(2520 Ratings)

Produced on: April 11, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

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.

 

Learning Objectives:

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

Faculty

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.

Reviews

NA
Nnena A.

Very timely.

JT
James T.

Good session.

RF
Raymond F.

I thought I knew more than I did on this subject. It was very enlightening.

JT
Jill T.

A very informative and much needed course.

LT
Lisa T.

Excellent presentation and topic! Very insightful.

KD
Katerina D.

Very important topic. This issue should be addressed in law school too.

MB
Matthew B.

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.

RP
rosemarie p.

Excellent content and delivery

SJ
Scott J.

Good program

JA
JIm A.

Excellent. I learned more about this subject than I have learned in any other course.

KO
Karl O.

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.

IF
Ira L F.

I enjoyed the presentation. It was informative.

JR
Joseph R.

very informative

LK
Leah K.

Very interesting, eye-opening CLE.

AM
Andrew M.

I found this course particularly informative and plan to try to have it played to our partnership

JS
Joanna S.

Good speaker.

RH
Robert H.

Very effective.

AK
Andrew K.

Great Course!

JM
Jeffrey M.

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.

MM
Michael M.

One of the most beneficial CLEs I have ever taken. Thank you very much.

AK
Alex K.

I am glad they added this to the CLE requirements.

EJ
Eszter J.

Thank you for a great presentation on women in the workplace!

JS
Joanna S.

Interesting lecture, and practical tips on effective communication.

JL
Joan L.

Very well done presentation. Excellent slides. Very substantive.

JB
Janet B.

Educational

SK
stuart k.

One of the best classes I have ever taken

GE
Gbolahan E.

Very good

GK
Geoffrey K.

Excellent program.

GM
Gary M.

This was very informative.

AH
Amanda H.

excellent stereotype-smashing presentation

KC
Kristine C.

Excellent presentation.

LC
Laura C.

Great CLE!

MS
Matthew S.

one of the best courses i have taken

JS
Janet S.

Very clear discussion of gender bias.

WD
William D.

One of the best I have seen!

RS
Richard S.

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.

DM
Dave M.

Strong material, well-presented, with helpful and practical ideas for recognizing bias and advancing change.

AR
Amy R.

Excellent

CV
Christina V.

Excellent course! It was spot on.

CW
Charles W.

Good Presentation,

DA
Daoud A.

excellent program!

AJ
Amelia J.

Great topic and presentation. Very useful written materials.

VN
Virginia N.

Excellent

JL
james l.

good at stating the problem and its causes, with solutions that are doable and should be effective.

HW
Heidi W.

Good info. Thanks.

CM
Candace M.

Learned about non-verbal communication. very interesting. .

TM
Tracy M.

Should be required for all male attorneys.

AW
Ann W.

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.

MP
Michael P.

I found this course extremely interesting and helpful.

JD
Jennifer D.

Excellent presentation

RN
Ralph N.

Fascinating. Male listener.

SP
Sharon P.

Excellent and informative. Thank you.

PW
Patricia W.

Interesting insights on ways women are discriminated in firms.

RP
Rina P.

Fantastic Presentation and Content.

JZ
James Z.

Very, very informative.

ML
Miyong L.

Excellent

LS
Leslie S.

Amazing presentation, very informative.

IS
Idene S.

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.

WR
Walter R.

Excellent. This should be a mandatory course for all CLE requirements nationwide.

LR
Leopoldo R.

well done, comprehensive

GH
Gar H.

Good, thought provoking.

PF
Peter F.

Interesting material thank you Andrea

WR
William R.

This was very well done. i learned a lot.

AT
Arati T.

Thanks for offering such a wide range of topics for an audience with different interests!

RT
Rita T.

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.

MS
Marilyn S.

wowie - great presentation. Articulated meaningfully and wholly accessible. Thank you.

MO
Michelle O.

Very helpful. Interested in her book.

LR
Laura R.

Great program, really well presented.

ST
Steven T.

Descriptions of the interactions/misconceptions between male and female attorneys, as well as between different races, were interesting/enlightening.

AT
Alan T.

Very well done and provides an insight

IJ
Issac J.

Very informative course that covered a lot of ground.

DS
Dustin S.

Excellent bias presentation.

AR
Alexandra R.

A lot of helpful pointers.

EY
Elizabeth Y.

Excellent

CM
Catrina M.

I loved this presentation. So informative and important.

LO
Lisabeth O.

I really enjoyed this. Thank you, Ms. Kramer.

TO
Tammy O.

The most useful course in this CA bundle! I will buy several copies of this book.

LN
Larry N.

Very Good presentation

LM
Larry M.

Great Presentation

FO
Frank O.

I enjoyed this instructor's perspective. Nice lady. Interesting.

JR
Jorge R.

EXCELLENT PRESENTATION

RV
Robert V.

The course provided additional insights in dealing with my colleagues on a more positive basis.

DG
D. Larry G.

loved the presentation. much needed for both men and women lawyers.

RV
Rachel V.

Informative and helpful

KR
Kevin R.

Excellent presentation and material.

AF
Abigayle F.

Great content!

AR
Amber R.

Excellent presentation!

MN
Michael N.

enlightening in areas I never initially thought of, thank you.

LB
Laurie B.

Super interesting!

MM
Maria M.

Excellent presentation!

RP
Raul S. P.

Good

AQ
Ali Q.

Amazing

SH
Steven H.

This was very informative and will help me as a professional.

AT
Adam T.

Best course I've listened to!

ML
Michelle L.

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).

SZ
STEPHEN Z.

Very well done!!!

WV
William V.

Very informative and helpful

BR
Barbara R.

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.

MK
Mollie K.

So true.

DW
Deserae W.

Excellent program. It should be mandatory viewing for all senior management.

WB
William B.

common sense but important

MS
Michele S.

excellent discussion on gender issues

TN
Timothy N.

Good Information

LS
Linda S.

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

JJ
Jane J.

This topic should be included in every law school curriculum.

LT
Lisa T.

Very good, informative speaker.

TI
Taneisha I.

Very informative!

DR
Deborah R.

Outstanding presentation!

SS
Samiera S.

very informative

SA
Sharon A.

Very useful. Presents positive actions to counter some toxic situations.

CH
Constance H.

Should be required viewing for all attorneys! Excellent presentation that should open some eyes in our profession to make it more unbiased.

EB
Edna B.

A truly excellent presentation.

JB
Julie A. B.

Timely!

HA
Heidi A.

excellent!

JC
Julie C.

Andrea Kramer did an excellent job of explaining both cultural and legal profession examples. She was outstanding.

GC
Gregory C.

great presentation, eye opening

WM
Walter M.

Great CLE!

AB
Anne B.

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.

SB
Steven B.

Very informative.

RK
Robbi K.

Very thought provoking

CK
Catherine K.

Very well done. Thank you.

LG
Loretta G.

really excellent. every man and woman should have to train in this.

SP
Sapphira P.

by far one of the best seminars

SW
Sue W.

Excellent and informative

TL
Thomas L.

Excellent presentation.

JF
Joni F.

This is a must-see for any lawyer in a law firm setting - male or female.

LW
Loraine W.

Excellent presentation!

MD
Matthew D.

Appropriate for CA Bias requisite.

KH
Katie H.

This is by far my favorite course I've watched yet.

TH
Tiffany H.

This speaker was excellent. I was able to stay engaged throughout the course.

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