Tag: 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 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 the Impact of Culture and Gender to Help Eliminate Bias

While each person is considered equal under the laws in our country, everyone in this world is different. Each person comes from their own unique background and has had different life experiences, and this makes them the individual that they are. As an attorney, its important to realize that certain factors help to determine how people interact with others and approach the…

Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention for Lawyers

There are various reasons to prevent sexual harassment in the legal workplace. It’s not just the right thing to do – sexual harassment is unethical and illegal. With a little knowledge you can avoid costly and damaging lawsuits and financial cost to your firm and yourself. Further, promoting a healthy legal workplace that is free of discrimination maintains good workplace morale and…

Discriminatory Client Preferences and the Practice of Law

While managing or operating a law practice attorneys must not unlawfully discriminate or knowingly permit unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex, race, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability during the course of employment or while accepting or terminating representation of a client. But what if it is the client that is asking you to act in a discriminatory manner? Do you have to…

The Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession

The Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession is a required course in California.  California is one of the few states with a mandatory bias and discrimination MCLE requirement.  In many other states, courses dealing with bias and discrimination in the legal system qualify for legal ethics credit. Instead of lawyers in firms arguing about whether there is in fact anything “wrong”…