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

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Anti-Racism Library

Course Description

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

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Faculty

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.

 



Reviews

HS
Henry S. S.

A very fine presentation.

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Paul K.

Demographic data was eye opening

JF
Joel F.

Excellent course. Really makes you think about yourself in a critical way.

AM
Alan M.

This was a fantastic CLE. The presenter was informative, interesting, and the data was a bit scary. She was insightful. I truly appreciate her work. Great job.

DR
Debbi Ann R.

Very informative and on point.

BM
Byron M.

Excellent presentation. Informative.

EM
Eric M.

This was one of the best CLE's I've ever seen! Fantastic job!

JA
Jane A.

Good presentation

BM
Bryan M.

Very imformative!

LB
Louis B.

excellent speaker with an important message

LF
Lawrence F.

excellent, knowledgeable presenter.

CK
Candice K.

A very good survey of the bias issues and statistics. I hope this spurs change.

DM
David C M.

Excellent program

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Kenneth R.

I expected a "politically-correct" anti-white, anti-male, anti-Semitic polemic, which I would tolerate solely in order to fulfill New York's requirement for which those sentiments were the obvious basis. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an objective and politically-neutral presentation, free of the standard polemic that has become the norm in many colleges and in many political offices, delivered by a knowledgeable presenter; a presentation that had meaning to aspects of my own situation. I actually paid close attention to the presentation! [Having worked the other side of the podium, I extend my thanks to the presenter for doing what needed to be done to make it happen.].

MM
Myra M.

Outstanding!

CM
Cecilia M.

Enjoyed this CLE

KF
Karla F.

Great program. Wish Lawline had more anti racist offerings. Excellent speaker, both in presentation skill and content.

SL
Salvatore M. L.

Superb

DD
David D.

Very informative

HD
Hon. John D.

Excellent presentation. Highly informative and thoughtful.

PM
Perry M.

Program provided a great deal of food for thought.

TS
Tor S.

Well done.

SH
Stuart H.

The current events demonstrate that bias exists at all levels.

DS
David S.

A+++

SB
Susan B.

Excellent and informative presentation.

CR
Chere R.

The best

LS
Laurie S.

The faculty was clear, empathetic, and encouraging. Terrific course.

FM
Faith M.

Great presenter. This stuff is so common sense for decent human beings; it's a shame that it has to be taught!

TF
Todd F.

Very well presented - on a difficult topic. Ms. Conley is a good speaker, just the right tempo

CS
Carol A S.

More concrete examples of behavior and how to respond could be included

JC
Janet C.

Kudos to Ms. Conley - knowledgeable & inspiring!

AH
Allison H.

She is an excellent presenter. I would hire her at my company to present!!

PT
Pamela T.

One of the best CLE's I've ever taken!!

LB
Louise B.

Great course clearly presented

DK
Daniel K.

As an Asian American attorney, I was able to relate to the topic. She did really great job in explaining implicit biases and how we can address such issues at work.

CC
Clarissa C.

Exceptional in every way-- should be mandatory!

MM
Margaret M.

excellent course!

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michael m.

In today's political climate this video does an excellent job of introducing (and more) the biases inherent in today's society. A separate class on each of these areas of bias would be fantastic as well

EC
Edward C.

Ms. Conley presented an interesting and informative review of the essential elements of one area of her expertise.

KP
Kenneth P.

This is a very solid program, well-presented. An important topic. Thank you!

PO
Peter O.

Very well done. First class!

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Gwynne S.

Best course Ive taken to date - speaker is knowledgeable on diversity subject and has a great presentation

SF
Susan F.

This is an important topic, well presented.

MC
Michael C.

Feeling more diverse....

NM
Nathanial M.

I learned so much more than I thought I would about implicit biases. Thank you for an excellent presentation.

JM
Joseph M.

Thanks

AR
Alexis R.

This was one of the more engaging, dynamic CLEs I have taken.

AD
Anthony D.

Best course ever listened to on Lawline

BB
Barbara B.

Great speaker.

SW
Sheree W.

Excellent overview.

JG
Jay G.

Very good presentation. Lots of good content.

RC
Roy C.

I thought the study where the same writing was shown to a control group was pretty illuminating.

AA
Amy A.

Insightful speaker

AS
Andrew S.

very pleasant and informative presentation

CB
Craig B.

A well done presentation!

CG
Christopher G.

Great presentation - well organized and useful.

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Sharon M.

I am not a fan of the law firm but this was an outstanding and exceptional lawyer and speaker. Very informative- should be a required class for all states.

RF
Robert F.

Lots of stats, little strategies.

OA
Owolabi A.

Awesome!

JA
Joseph A.

This was one of the very best CLE courses I have ever taken over my 40 years as an attorney.

BE
Brian E.

This was hands down the best presentation of its type I've ever attended. The presenter skillfully brought together racial/ethnic bias and gender bias, without ever treating them like they were separate issues. She also discussed bias and assumptions along other axes that are not necessarily protected categories. I would definitely watch other presentations by this instructor.

JA
Joseph A.

Good class

TW
Teno W.

Very. Informative and timely.

SG
Sarah G.

Presenter was great! Loved her passion on the subject matter.

MO
Mary Ann O.

Great topic, brilliant and excellent delivery!

JC
John C.

very good

ML
Michele L.

Excellent presentation!

CM
Charis M.

This was an outstanding course. Very cool.

JM
Justin M.

Excellent overview and suggestions!

AF
Amy F.

Highly recommended! Fantastic course!

DR
Dane R.

Excellent course. Very well presented. I’m glad this topic area has revived attention

DS
Debra S.

Great

JL
John L.

Excellent. An eye opener!

SC
Steven C.

Nice presentation.

SO
Stanley O.

Excellent and very useful

ZS
Zachary S.

Very interesting material!

DV
Devin V.

Great program. this is a key area of focus for my company (financial institution) and there were some great points/learnings that can be applied to all professions.

KG
Kristen G.

Useful stats and discussion points

CF
Constance H F.

I really enjoyed the presentation. The use of percentages helped to highlight the importance of the issues discussed.

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Scott T.

Especially liked Te Single Story slide.

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Pamela W P.

Great content, and well=presented. I would have liked to hear another voice; instructor should consider partnering just to offer some variation in delivery.

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VENUS S.

Engaging and thoughtful presentation

SH
Stephanie H.

Presentation was very well done.

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Ronald N.

Great speaker

JC
James C.

Very useful and timely.

TW
Terence W.

Excellent presentation and content.

PF
Peter F.

Very thoughtful. I believe the presentation became more effective after the statistical data was presented.

RW
Richard W.

Excellent Program

KL
Kevin L.

Helpful to let us know of our unconscious biases.

GW
Gabrielle W.

Excellent!

ZR
Zelma R.

great presentation, thought-provoking

CG
Cheryl G.

Very informative.

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Teresa S.

great thank you

CF
Cissy F.

extremely thought provoking

CC
Christine C.

Excellent, well organized presentation.

NK
Naveen K.

Great presentation

JC
James C.

Excellent!

SB
Selwyn B.

Superb!

WS
William S.

Presenter was very knowledgeable on the topic.

DR
Damien R.

This is the best presentation that I have seen on this topic. I will encourage all of my colleagues to watch this video.

TT
Trent T.

Great reminder and overview.

GT
Grant T.

Exceptionally prepared and presented

JF
Jennifer F.

Outstanding program in terms of faculty knowledge and substance. I left with a lot of very useful information. Thank you Jeanine!!

GK
Gregory P K.

Well Done

JA
Joanne A.

Very good and insightful information presented

RT
Rebecca T.

Excellent presentation.

AD
Alisa d.

thought this was one of the best CLE classes ever. thank you.

AO
Andre O.

Keep up the good job

MT
Myrna T.

Awesome instructor who illustrated her points very well. I was genuinely curious of what she had to say.

MT
Michael T.

very interesting and informative. I have a small firm but the entire concept of implicit bias impacts all walks of life

HP
Howard P.

Ms. Conley is excellent. I enjoyed the entire program and feel I came away with a new appreciation relating to issues of diversity.

MB
Melissa B.

This course was in the NY bundle and I sat to watch it though I had no interest and did not much care to watch it. But once the course started I changed my mind. The instructor was excellent, very engaging and the material was very interesting and surprising. Made me stop and think a few times. I don't usually write comments but this course was that good. Great job Lawline!

SG
Shoshannah G.

This was one of the best CLEs I have ever taken! Really well put together.

LR
Lysandra R.

This was apropos for the times. Great course.

SR
Subhana R.

Very informative. Thank you.

AP
Angelique P.

Great!

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Ingrid P.

Very informative.

SF
Seth F.

very interesting and telling thought experiments

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MICHAEL O.

The case studies showing bias was the most interesting.

WA
Wilber A.

Excellent presentation.

SC
Silvia C.

Very informative.

MA
Michael A.

The speaker was not only knowledgeable, but she expressed herself very clearly and presented the information at a good pace to allow the listener to process what she was saying. I would gladly listen to another presentation by her.

MP
Margaret P.

Brilliant presentation. Excellent.

AB
Andrew B.

very informational

JB
Jaimi B.

Speaker was excellent and very knowledgeable.

EM
Elizabet M.

Interesting and well presented. Highly recommend the course.

KG
Kenneth G.

Interesting and timely presentation

JJ
Johanne J.

Very good speaker.

MK
Mark K.

Excellent program. Thank you.

HR
Hillary R.

She was the best speaker yet

MM
Maria M.

Insightful! Interesting. Well researched. A wonderful speaker.

CW
Colleen W.

This was an excellent course and very thought provoking - I thought Ms. Conley did an excellent presentation.

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david b.

outstanding

RL
Rosa L.

This sensitive and potentially emotional topic was addressed professionally and in a business-like and objective manner.

BS
Bonnie S.

Very good presentation.

EB
Erin B.

Excellent job! Thanks.

AG
Alan G.

An excellent speaker.

LL
Lori L.

Very informative course.

BB
bruno b.

Great lecture

LA
Leon A.

The speaker did an excellent job of conveying the material in a compelling and memorable way. She was great.

AL
Adrian L.

Really enjoyed the presentation. Gave some great ideas for removing implicit biases. Made me think we should have an internal CLE within our firm on this subject.

JP
Joy P.

Excellent and engaging presentation. I especially appreciated the case studies/examples highlighting implicit bias.

TC
Tianyi C.

This program is helpful

MD
Mona D.

This is the most valuable course I've listened to. Not only will this make us better attorneys, but it will also make us better human beings.

JC
Jaclyn C.

good program

SK
Susan K.

Great presentation.

JB
Joseph B.

very well done

MZ
MICHELLE Z.

Excellent speaker.

TF
Thomas F.

well done

AB
Alissa B.

This course caused me to look at my biases. I found the writing sample hypothetical to be eye-opening.

SB
Steven B.

good

JC
Jaymee C.

Great presentation. One of the best ones I've seen on implicit bias.

LC
Lourdes C.

Really learned a lot about Implicit Biasess in myself and others around me in the Workforce. I will suggest others to watch this CLE.

LA
Lorri A.

Excellent information and presentation!

WM
Whitney M.

Great overview on a very important topic

JH
J. Donald H.

VERY WELL PREPARED AND INTERESTING

LL
Louis M. L.

This program really gives one food for thought. Well done.

HA
Hirobumi A.

A good course.

KJ
Karyn J.

Every attorney needs to listen to this. Repeatedly. It is sad that the legal profession is what it is today.

AL
Alan L.

Well done.

NK
Nazar K.

Very important course.

BC
Bettye C.

Excellent presentation on inclusion/diversity in the legal profession.

SK
Stephen K.

Very fine.

RS
Robert S.

informative

JW
Jeffrey W.

Thank you

RC
Richard K. C.

I really like this presenter

JB
Judith B.

Enlightening.

DC
Dora C.

Great presentation with a lot of tips and things to think about.

SB
Shirlee B.

A lot of good insights.

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Gal G.

Great class

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Henry V.

Persuasive examples.

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Nosson A.

Very informative but political

JF
John F.

VERY well done!!

AF
Amy F.

very detailed on bias and ways to interrupt it

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Eugene K.

Satisfactory presentation.

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Sandra K.

Essential learning for all attorneys,. Disheartening to see that little progress has been made in the last 70 years for women and minorities. This, unfortunately, is our culture. Would that those who need to hear this could hear it!

MW
Monica W.

Thoughtful presentation, thorough research, and effective action steps to raise awareness and amend the problem.

SG
Steven G.

I'm sure many lawyers resent having to take such classes, but it was interesting and informative.

RB
Robert B.

Great presentation!

MA
Marc A.

Thank you for the information.

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Alan B.

I really thought the presenter did an excellent job of explaining the real benefits to creating a more diverse work environment.

WC
William C.

Interesting, thoroughly researched presentation, quiet authority, skilled presenter

NP
Nicholas P.

Good information and good reminders. The additional steps for improvement were helpful. Loved the chart of individual types.

SS
Scott S.

Good presentation and course materials.

NA
Natascia A.

I especially liked this course, thank you.

CA
Chartrisse A.

Excellent and extremely informative!

EA
Elisa A.

I enjoyed this course. The speaker was knowledgeable and her presentation was easy to follow.

DW
Donna W.

The speaker cited fascinating and convincing studies about bias in the legal profession. Well done!

BA
Beverly A.

Very informative and interesting.

CC
Claudia C.

Excellent presenter.

SB
Sebrena B.

Great incite!

DN
Doug N.

Jeanine Conley is awesome.

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Martha L V.

Excellent speaker! Enjoyed her presentation immensely.

PM
Patrick M.

thanks

SG
Sandra G.

Great informed presentation! Well balanced.

MD
Micheal D.

Very good presentation of facts and strategies. Opened up many different ways to process these issues.

TC
Tanya C.

Good presenter

AB
Andrew B.

Very helpful and important program

DW
Danielle W.

Good slides!

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ANTONIO M.

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.

RM
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.

KS
Karen S.

Very good speaker!

MK
Max K.

Thank you

NC
Nanette C.

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

RC
Robert C.

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

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Philip V.

Good graphic/ and charts.

LW
Lee W.

thanks for making

AS
Amy S.

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

SJ
Stuart I. J.

Informative

CS
Charles S.

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

MU
Mikhail U.

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

RM
Roya M.

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

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Patience S.

Excellent course and presenter!

JC
Joseph C.

Good instructor

RC
Renee C.

I wish everyone would listen to this presentation.

MK
Michelle K.

excellent

KM
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.

RM
Rudy M.

Onpoint

MB
Marina B.

I enjoyed the speaker very much.

MR
Matthew R.

Thank you

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Eric N.

Very informative class. I really enjoyed it.

JF
Jenifer F.

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

SF
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.

LG
Lynne G.

Excellent program.

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