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

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Produced on March 22, 2018

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Ethics

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

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

Lawline reports attorney attendance in select states. View more about CLE reporting .

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.

 



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NK
Naveen K.

Great presentation

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James C.

Excellent!

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Selwyn B.

Superb!

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William S.

Presenter was very knowledgeable on the topic.

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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.

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Trent T.

Great reminder and overview.

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Grant T.

Exceptionally prepared and presented

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Jennifer F.

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

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Gregory P K.

Well Done

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Joanne A.

Very good and insightful information presented

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Rebecca T.

Excellent presentation.

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Alisa d.

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

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Andre O.

Keep up the good job

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Myrna T.

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

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Michael T.

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

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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.

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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!

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Shoshannah G.

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

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Lysandra R.

This was apropos for the times. Great course.

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Subhana R.

Very informative. Thank you.

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Angelique P.

Great!

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Ingrid P.

Very informative.

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Seth F.

very interesting and telling thought experiments

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MICHAEL O.

The case studies showing bias was the most interesting.

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Wilber A.

Excellent presentation.

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Silvia C.

Very informative.

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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.

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Margaret P.

Brilliant presentation. Excellent.

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Andrew B.

very informational

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Jaimi B.

Speaker was excellent and very knowledgeable.

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Elizabet M.

Interesting and well presented. Highly recommend the course.

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Kenneth G.

Interesting and timely presentation

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Johanne J.

Very good speaker.

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Mark K.

Excellent program. Thank you.

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Hillary R.

She was the best speaker yet

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Maria M.

Insightful! Interesting. Well researched. A wonderful speaker.

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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.

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Erin B.

Excellent job! Thanks.

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Alan G.

An excellent speaker.

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Lori L.

Very informative course.

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bruno b.

Great lecture

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Leon A.

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

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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

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MICHELLE Z.

Excellent speaker.

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Thomas F.

well done

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Alissa B.

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

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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

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Louis M. L.

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

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Hirobumi A.

A good course.

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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.

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Nazar K.

Very important course.

BC
Bettye C.

Excellent presentation on inclusion/diversity in the legal profession.

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Stephen K.

Very fine.

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Robert S.

informative

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Jeffrey W.

Thank you

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Richard K. C.

I really like this presenter

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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Scott S.

Good presentation and course materials.

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Natascia A.

I especially liked this course, thank you.

CA
Chartrisse A.

Excellent and extremely informative!

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Elisa A.

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

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Donna W.

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

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Beverly A.

Very informative and interesting.

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Claudia C.

Excellent presenter.

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Sebrena B.

Great incite!

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Doug N.

Jeanine Conley is awesome.

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Martha L V.

Excellent speaker! Enjoyed her presentation immensely.

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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

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Andrew B.

Very helpful and important program

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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

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Nanette C.

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

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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.

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Lee W.

thanks for making

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Amy S.

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

SJ
Stuart I. J.

Informative

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Charles S.

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

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Mikhail U.

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

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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!

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Joseph C.

Good instructor

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Renee C.

I wish everyone would listen to this presentation.

MK
Michelle K.

excellent

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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

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Marina B.

I enjoyed the speaker very much.

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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!

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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.

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Lynne G.

Excellent program.

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