Elimination of Bias

New CLE on How Firms Can Increase Gender Diversity

Virtually every large law firm and publicly held corporation claims it is committed to gender diversity. Yet, most gender diversity programs have accomplished very little in the way of significant change. 3 Steps to Increase Diversity in Law Firms Progress toward gender diversity depends on three key actions: (1) Specifying specific numerical goals (2) Providing meaningful financial incentives to achieve them (3)…

New IL CLE Requirement: Diversity & Inclusion + Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Illinois attorneys now have a new IL MCLE requirement. Please note that the Professional Responsibility requirement has been modified. All Illinois attorneys are now required to complete a minimum of 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. New Professional Responsibility Requirement 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance…

New CLE for Attorneys on Litigating Sexual Harassment Claims in the #MeToo Era

Susan Fowler had tried everything – going to human resources, talking to her managers, transferring departments, but nothing changed. An engineer at Uber, the sexist comments at her toxic workplace just kept coming. So she went online and wrote a 3,000-word blog post exposing the behavior and culture at Uber. Less than one year later, Uber co-founder and C.E.O. Travis Kalanick was…

New CLE: Age Bias Against Younger & Older Attorneys

There are many CLE programs that discuss bias in the legal profession – but many of these programs focus on bias based on race or sex. There are very few programs that tackle the growing issue of age bias in law firms. And it’s not just older attorneys that are being discriminated against because of their age, “millennial” attorneys also face bias…

New CLE on What Women Lawyers Can Do to Combat Bias

There’s a reason that women are sorely unrepresented in upper leadership. America’s workplaces – especially legal offices – are riddled with bias against women leaders. As a result, women seeking to advance in their legal careers face both biases that prevent them from reaching the upper echelon of their firms and careers. Gender Bias in the Legal Profession[1] Female and male attorneys…

CLE Course: Understanding How Unconscious Bias Affects Your Legal Cases

We are all biased.  There is no way around it.  Bias has been hardwired into our brains during our species existence on this planet. Bias stems from a biological survival response triggered by a dangerous or stressful event where a split-second judgement is required as part of the flight or fight response. Unconscious Bias Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups…

CA CLE: Don’t Forget the Legal Ethics, Bias and Competence Issues by the California MCLE Deadline

Under the CA MCLE Rules, California attorneys are required to complete 25 hours CA MCLE every 3 years. Of those 25 required CA CLE hours, attorneys must complete at least 12.5 hours for participatory credit. OR put another way you CANNOT complete more than 12.5 hours of self-study credit.[1] CA MCLE Requirement – Specialty Credits 4 Legal Ethics 1 Competence Issues 1…

NY CLE: Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias Required in 2018

Change is coming to the New York CLE requirement in 2018. On January 1, 2018, a new category of CLE credit will be required in New York: “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.” This follows suit with state like Illinois and California that also have a diversity/bias requirement. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias Starting on January 1, 2018, New York attorneys will…

CA CLE: California MCLE Deadline is February 1

Don’t worry, there’s is still plenty of time to get your California MCLE done! If you’re an attorney whose last name states with H-M, you still have a few months left to get your required California MCLE done! The deadline is not until February 1, 2018. 25 California MCLEs If you are a Group 2 (H-M) California attorney you must complete the…

New CLE: Achieving Gender Diversity in the Law Firms

In a recent case, a U.S. Magistrate Judge sanctioned an attorney for telling opposing counsel it wasn’t “becoming of a woman” to raise her voice during a contentious deposition. Yes, we have made strides when it comes to creating a level playing field for women in the legal profession… but there is still a long way to go. Increasing Gender Diversity  In…