Eliminating Bias and Creating Inclusive Workplaces for Women of Color (OnDemand)
Originally held on Monday, June 24, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
OnDemand: Free for Members | $50 for Nonmembers
New York: 2.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
New Jersey: 2.5 General
California: 2.0 General
Pennsylvania: 2.0 General
Newly admitted New York attorneys
(attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less)
cannot earn CLE credit in the category of Diversity, Inclusion and
Elimination of Bias.
The City Bar and the legal community have been discussing the
lack of diversity in the profession and its leadership ranks for years.
Even though there are a number of successful women partners and women’s
sponsorship initiatives, Asian, Black/African American and Hispanic
leadership is still low and the attrition of lawyers of color is still
high. (See, e.g., City Bar Diversity Benchmarking Report 2016).
This program will focus on how to address diversity, inclusion and bias
against women of color in the legal community. We will provide both a
panel discussion and written materials to help increase the professional
competency of lawyers (e.g., self-awareness, self-regulation and
pro-social skills in dealing with colleagues, adversaries, clients,
judges, juries, and legal staff), encourage new perspectives and better
work product by being more inclusive, enhance an awareness of bias and
provide tools on how to reduce it, improve the emotional intelligence of
lawyers, and provide meaningful steps to eliminate bias in the legal
system against women of color.
Specifically, the goals of the CLE are to do the following:
- Define bias and privilege and the disproportionate manner in which they impact women of color in the legal community
- Discuss the unique gifts, talents and experiences of women of
color and their ability to provide perspective, insight and expertise to
co-create more innovation
- Assist with tools to move beyond biases to support better
visibility, acceptance and inclusion of women of color in the legal
- Provide techniques to create a culturally competent and
responsive community for women of color in the workplace, to ensure
psychological safety and support
- Determine techniques that women of color can use to obtain
leadership opportunities, such as finding their voice and place at the
- Establish essential leadership skills to lead, role-model and
sustain a more inclusive work environment through more transparency,
better communication and improved trust to institutionalize more
equitable work environments, tools and opportunities to succeed for
women of color
- Identify systemic ways to support the well-being of women of
color in the legal profession who navigate explicit and implicit bias
- Encourage new ways to create inter-sectional and
inter-generational communal spaces to impact positively the experiences,
advancement and empowerment of women of color
Program Chair & Moderator:
Cecilia B. Loving, Deputy Commissioner/Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Fire Department of NYC
Louis J. Briskman, Former Senior Executive VP and General Counsel, CBS Corporation
Paula Brown-Donaldson, Executive Director, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc.
Lisa E. Davis, Partner of the Entertainment Group, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Anu Gupta, Founder and CEO of Be More America
Michele Jacobson, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Rhonda Joy McLean, Former Deputy Director, Time, Inc.
Maria D. Melendez, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Laurie N. Robinson-Hayden, Senior VP and Assistant General Counsel, Litigation of CBS and Founder and CEO, Corporate Counsel Women of Color
Lara Sheikh, Senior Legal Editor, Thomson Reuters
Wayne Stacy, Partner and Chair of Intellectual Property Group, Baker Botts L.L.P.
Sponsoring Association Committees:
Minorities in the Profession, Jonathan Waldauer and Johan Tatoy, Co-Chairs
Women in the Legal Profession, Melissa Colon-Bosolet, Chair
The Office for Diversity & Inclusion, Deborah Martin Owens, Executive Director