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What Legal Organizations Can Do to Prevent Unconscious Gender Bias

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Produced on March 15, 2018

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Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Ethics

Course Description

In this program, Andrea S. Kramer (“Andie”) and Alton B. Harris (“Al”) begin by discussing the disparity in career achievement between female and male lawyers. They argue that the cause of this disparity is unconscious gender stereotypes and the biases that flow from them. They explain why it is so difficult for even the best intentioned legal organizations to eliminate the gender biases that is so pervasive among both senior men and senior women. Andie and Al will also discuss the obligations of legal organizations to combat gender bias under ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g). Lastly, they lay out a series of practical, effective, and easily implemented policies and practices legal organizations can adopt that will eliminate the discriminatory consequences of gender bias despite its continual presence.

Married to each other, Andie and Al have been working together for more than 30 years to promote gender equality in the workplace. Their writing, speaking, and mentoring all have as their objective helping women, men, and organizations to recognize and eliminate the discriminatory consequences of stereotype bias of all sorts, including gender, racial, and age.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the prevalence of implicit or unconscious gender stereotypes with respect to women, men, families, work, and leadership; and how and what biases flow from these stereotypes
  2. Examine how gender biases operate in even the best intentioned legal organizations to hold women back from advancing in their careers
  3. Develop practical strategies and effective techniques to break through gender bias and improve gender equality in the legal profession

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


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.

Alton B. Harris

Nixon Peabody

Alton B. Harris was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm Ungaretti & Harris, now part of Nixon Peabody LLP. At Ungaretti and Harris, he served at various times as managing partner, executive and compensation committee member, and head of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. Harris is also an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, and he sits on the board of directors of a billion-dollar technology corporation.

He has served as mentor, coach, and counselor to many successful businesswomen and recently wrote with Kramer, “Taking Control: Women, Gender Stereotypes, and Impression Management.” 


Daniel K.

Thank you

Maria Y.

Thoughtful and thought provoking discussion.

Anthony G.

well done, very informative and given current events, timely.

Karen P.

Insightful speakers who have clearly thought through the issues and are trying to move the profession forward.

Roger S.

One of the better programs

Kenneth D.

These instructors were excellent! Great job being neutral.

Jan T.

I am going to require that all of our attorneys take this course. I am a female equity partner.

Kristen G.

As GC I think this would be useful to the executives in my organization.

Toni E.

Very timely material. Thank you.

Elizabeth A.


Joseph V P.

very informative

Jason P.

Great course

Katherine D.

Really good commentary on an issue many women in the law have faced.

Marcus P.

Interesting topic

Andrea P.

Nice overview.

Raymond H.


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Frances M.

Excellent. I learned a lot!

Lori K.

Excellent presentation - very well done. thank you!

Richard G.

This is a timely program.

Judith R.

Timely and very informative!!

James E H.

I sat through 2 sessions with Ms. Kramer and Mr. Harris today----both were excellent!

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