Civil Rights & Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, January 26, 2017
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 3.50 (Ethics 3.50)


3.5 CLE Credits: Ethics and Professionalism

Jeremy Benjamin, Esq. 
Committee on Civil Rights Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Sandra Buchanan, Esq. 
Committee on Diversity and Inclusion Office of Court Administration

Jeremy Benjamin, Esq. 
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 

Paula Edgar, Esq. 
Principal, PGE LLC

Disrupting Implicit Bias to Advance Diversity and Inclusion: Practical Steps to Counter the Effects of Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession

2:00 – 2:10 Welcome and Introduction of Professor Williams 

2:10 –3:00 An Empirical Look at Implicit Bias and Bias Interrupters in the Legal Profession 
• Pervasiveness of implicit bias
• Patterns of implicit bias
• Strategies for combating bias
Prof. Joan C. Williams

3:00 – 3:15 Break 

3:15 – 3:20 Introduction of Panelists 

3:20– 5:00 Practical Strategies for Identifying and Interrupting Implicit Bias within the Legal Profession
• Criminal Justice
• The Courts / Civil Legal Services
• Private Practice 
• Law Schools 
Wayne McKenzie, Esq.; Hon. Karen Peters; Valerie E. Radwaner, Esq; Rosevelie Marquez Morales, Esq.

5:00 – 5:30 Recognizing Our Own Biases

• Discussion of scenarios and practical steps to disrupt implicit bias
• Overview of resources and best practices within the profession for attorneys to combat implicit bias
Paula Edgar, Esq. 

Wayne McKenzie, Esq. 
General Counsel, New York City Department of Probation, New York, NY 
Rosevelie Marquez Morales, Esq. 
East Coast Diversity Director, Sidley Austin LLP, New York, NY 
Hon. Karen Peters 
Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department Albany, NY 
Valerie E. Radwaner, Esq. 
Deputy Chair and Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, NY 
Prof. Joan C. Williams 
Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, San Francisco, CA

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