Strategies to Improve Diversity and Interrupt Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession

(660 Ratings)

Produced on: March 22, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This session, presented by S. Jeanine Conley of Littler Mendelson P.C., will explore the history of diversity in the legal profession and some of the root causes of the lack of progress in the area, including implicit bias. It will further explore some of the best practices firms and other companies have engaged in to address bias. Lastly, it will explore other issues hindering diversity and provide strategies that individuals impacted by such biases can use to interrupt them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the history of diversity in the legal profession
  2. Discuss current practices that law firms are utilizing to address internal bias
  3. Develop strategies that individuals affected by bias can use to counter those biases


S. Jeanine Conley

Littler Mendelson P.C.

S. Jeanine Conley, an experienced trial lawyer, represents many of the nation’s leading companies in employment-related disputes and workplace investigations and is a shareholder at Littler Mendelson.  She has also represented clients before a variety of government agencies, both at the state and federal levels.  Conley regularly advises and counsels clients in all industries, particularly the manufacturing, retail, financial services and media and entertainment industries on a wide-range of employment issues, including Title VII anti-discrimination, harassment and retaliation matters, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, restrictive covenants and various whistleblower laws, including Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes Oxley.  Through her experience as a trial lawyer, Conley is able to efficiently and effectively strategize with her clients to resolve employment disputes through the best possible means for the client by obtaining favorable settlements, dismissal of actions through summary judgment or full defense verdicts at trial.

Along with her successful employment practice, Conley is extremely active in her community and is the chair of the New York Urban League Board of Directors and on the Advisory Board of the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice.  She is past president of the Association of Black Women Attorneys and past chair of the New York City Bar's Committee on Minorities in the Profession.  She has also been recognized by numerous organizations for her work, and is the recipient of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s Private Practitioner of the Year Award, Chambers Women in Law: “Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Minority Lawyers” Award, the Network  Journal's "40 Under Forty" Award for 2013 and the Nation’s Best Advocate Award from the NBA and Impact, along with others.



Tanya C.

Good presenter

Andrew B.

Very helpful and important program

Danielle W.

Good slides!


This course is important because it is important we become of the extent and pervasiveness of bias, and our duty to be mindful and overcome the limitations bias creates in all aspects of life.

Rumbi M.

Very effective. Wish this session could be taught daily at the opening of the bussiness in different offices of the corporate legal industry.

Karen S.

Very good speaker!

Max K.

Thank you

Nanette C.

Effective strategies presented with clear interest in the topics and in a professional and positive manner.

Robert C.

Thought the course was interesting and provided insight on how to improve myself as an attorney.

Philip V.

Good graphic/ and charts.

Lee W.

thanks for making

Amy S.

The presenter was a very skilled speaker. The material covered was excellent.

Stuart I. J.


Charles S.

My first CLE course in this category. Will do bias testing in my department! Thanks

Mikhail U.

Eye Opening as far as the statistics on women and minorities.

Roya M.

Very informative. The tests and charts were very instructive and illuminating. The instructor was also excellent.

Patience S.

Excellent course and presenter!

Joseph C.

Good instructor

Renee C.

I wish everyone would listen to this presentation.

Michelle K.


Kathleen M.

I would recommend this presentation not just to my legal colleagues, but to professionals outside the law, and to my personal friends. The content and the manner in which it was presented was excellent.

Rudy M.


Marina B.

I enjoyed the speaker very much.

Matthew R.

Thank you

Eric N.

Very informative class. I really enjoyed it.

Jenifer F.

Very interesting! Some of the stats she shared were mind boggling!

Steven F.

Interesting facts and statistics, especially the study on implicit bias in rating the identical written work submitted as the work of a man of color and a white man.

Lynne G.

Excellent program.

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