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Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Details

Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

Attorney Steve Nielsen provides a candid assessment of where the legal profession stands in terms of diversity and inclusion, and reviews what ideas and programs have worked, and some which have not. He walks through and discusses key, topical articles and reviews the current statistical data on diversity and whether or not progress has been achieved. He suggests positive ways in which diversity and inclusion can properly and constructively be discussed in the law office and notes the important role of leadership in discussing diversity and inclusion in the office. Mr. Nielsen offers recommendations on how to effectively enhance inclusion efforts, such as mentoring and networking to help new attorneys, and includes some tips on what policies or strategies may be counter-productive He adds a list of the numerous categories of diversity which exist and which deserve attention to help create a better environment for legal professionals.

Course Agenda

  • What does the current literature tell us?
  • A Newer CLE Requirement
  • Pressure for Law School Ranking Hurts Women
  • Both Law and Medicine have Diversity Problems
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL):
  • The national Association for Law Placement (NALP) www.nalp.org
  • A slow and discouraging trend..
  • From 'Why You Should Insist on Diversity in Your Law Practice": BY SUZIE SCANLON RABINOWITZ, JANUARY 23, 2020
  • New Reports Are Not Encouraging
  • Is Mental Health a Point of Diversity?
  • 'Belongingness'
  • Covering the Bases of D and I
  • New York - Has a Diversity and Inclusion Office (D&I)
  • A Broader Definition of Diversity
  • Illinois
  • Mentoring and Networking Seem to be an Answer
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Is our definition of 'reaching the top' to be reconsidered?
  • Is running a solo or small firm considered success?
  • Bias - A Proposed Big Picture View
  • A Proposed Big Picture Approach
  • What is Bias?
  • Mechanical Bias
  • Group Bias
  • What is Discrimination?
  • Discriminating
  • Discriminating Tastes
  • Do we learn hate?
  • How did we evolve?
  • Advantages of being in a group
  • Group Study Data
  • The Robber's Cave Experiment
  • Is Group Theory Supported by Current Events?
  • Groups or Traits to consider in the reduction of bias in the legal profession
  • The protected classes are just a start
  • Perhaps broad definitions of 'diversity' are helpful in defining the scope of our anti-bias efforts
  • Still allowed to judge or discern, but judge with knowledge of the individual
  • How do we reduce bias?
  • How do we make everyone feel equal?
  • The Judge and the Fishing Story
  • The Skilled Mediator Example
  • Bias in Action
  • Can we learn to withhold judgment?
  • Question Everything

Course Credit per State

AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - Elimination of Bias: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
IL - Diversity and Inclusion: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
NV - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NY - Diversity and Inclusion: 1.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Professional Conduct: 1.0 Credits
PA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Steven A Nielsen
Based in Larkspur, California, Steven A. Nielsen is a U.S. registered patent attorney with many years of experience in patent procurement and in achieving favorable results in federal court in the field of intellectual properly litigation. Mr. Nielsen is the past chairperson of the Intellectual Property Section of the Marin County Bar Association. Mr. Nielsen received his J.D. in 1987 from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley and also holds a B.A. in Computer Science. He may be contacted at steve@nielsenpatents.com, on his website, nielsenpatents.com or via his LinkedIn page.
  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

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