Imposter Syndrome: The Legal Profession’s Hidden Epidemic
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Live Webcast: Free for Members | $50 for Nonmembers
New York: 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
New Jersey: 1.5 General
California: 1.5 General
Pennsylvania: 1.0 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.
Imposter syndrome is an individual’s belief of inadequacy that persists in the face of information indicating the opposite is true. The phenomenon is experienced as chronic self-doubt and feelings of intellectual fraud. People of color, women, immigrants, and first-generation college graduates (groups that are significantly underrepresented in law firm partnerships, judiciary, and amongst attorney practice generally) may all be haunted by imposter syndrome—the idea that their success is an accident and that it is merely a matter of time before they are exposed. Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez utilized the term in a recent The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast when describing her initial feelings after being sworn in and her struggle to acclimate herself to her new position. Imposter syndrome is particularly prevalent in industries whose management and leaders are dominated by white men, such as the law. The effects of unconscious bias, micro aggressions, and “the old boys network,” contribute to minorities feelings of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. This program will assist attorneys to (1) better understand the psychological underpinnings of imposter syndrome; (2) recognize and address the symptoms that feed imposter syndrome; (3) assess the pitfalls caused by imposter syndrome (i.e. second-guessing) in the law firm social structure and legal guidance, and (4) establish concrete steps and methods to overcome the self-doubt caused by imposter syndrome to strengthen the legal work and law firm status of unrepresented groups.
Specifically, the goals of the CLE are to:
- Discuss the psychological root cause for imposter syndrome, including why marginalized populations tend to experience the phenomenon at greater incidence, and how this manifests in the legal world and particularly in law firms
- Assess the damaging impact of imposter syndrome to attorney work product, trustworthiness, and leadership
- Provide techniques that marginalized attorney groups, such as women and people of color, can utilize to detect and overcome symptoms of imposter syndrome
- Equip attorney mentors and practice group leaders with an understanding of imposter syndrome, the ability to see symptoms, and the tools to address the phenomenon to reverse the troubling trends of minority lawyer attrition/under performance
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Program Chair & Moderator:
Sumeet H. Chugani, Deputy General Counsel, First Vice President, Apple Bank
Sponsoring Association Committees:
Minorities in the Courts, Christine Alexandria Rodriguez, Chair
Minorities in the Profession, Jonathan Waldauer and Johan Tatoy, Co-Chairs