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What Did You Mean By That?: Navigating the Shifting (PDW)

What Did You Mean By That?: Navigating the Shifting Landscape of Inclusive Language in Legal Environments
2024 Professional Development Workshop Series

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 9:00 am - 10:45 am
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Free for NYC Bar members and attorneys from sponsoring law firms*
Attorneys from sponsoring law firms: To ensure your free registration, please register using your law firm email address.


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In an era where language is under scrutiny and inclusivity is paramount, legal professionals face increased pressure to communicate without biases or unintentionally causing offense. Through engaging case studies and using interactive tools, this workshop will provide attendees with strategies they can use to avoid potential language landmines in the legal profession by: 

Reviewing historical terms and phrases that may now be perceived as biased, to help recognize and eliminate structural and institutional biases in the legal system
Exploring the origins and implications of potentially biased language
Recognizing potential language pitfalls in contemporary legal environments in order to enhance sensitivity to cultural and other differences when interacting with attorneys, judges, jurors, litigants and court personnel
Learning strategies to adopt more inclusive verbiage and how to navigate mistakes when communicating with and on behalf of clients, as well as with colleagues

CLE Credit:
This program provides transitional/non-transitional credit to all attorneys
New York: 2.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias 
New Jersey: 2.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
California: 2.0 Elimination of Bias
Pennsylvania: 1.5 Professional Responsibility
Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

Program Fee:

Free for New York City Bar Members & Attorneys from Sponsoring Law Firms | Non-Members: $75

Paula T. Edgar, CEO, PGE Consulting Group LLC

Paula T. Edgar, Esq. is CEO of PGE Consulting Group LLC, a firm that provides training and education solutions at the intersection of professional development and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Paula is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator for clients across industries. Paula’s professional development skill set includes personal branding, relationship building, and mentor/sponsor best practices. Paula develops customized programming for all engagements and her areas of diversity expertise include unconscious bias, microaggressions, and allyship. As an attorney, Paula practiced employment and workplace discrimination law and her professional experiences also include several leadership roles focused on talent development and inclusion.  Her impact was recognized by several organizations, including receiving the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Service Award from the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) and the Ms. JD “Woman of Inspiration” award. Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton, and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law. 

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    *Thank you to our Sponsoring Law Firms:
    Allen & Overy LLP · Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP · Ashurst LLP · Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP ·Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP · Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP · Debevoise & Plimpton LLP · Dechert LLP · Dorsey & Whitney LLP · Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP · Jackson Lewis P.C.· Jenner & Block LLP · Katten Muchin & Rosenman, LLP · Kelley Drye & Warren LLP · King & Spalding LLP · Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP · Labaton Keller Sucharow LLP · New York City Law Department · Norton Rose Fulbright LLP · Proskauer Rose LLP · Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP · Shearman & Sterling LLP · Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP · Sullivan & Cromwell LLP · Thompson Coburn LLP · Venable LLP · Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz · White & Case LLP


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