ALA Today Package 11: Diversity and Inclusion

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This package includes a recording from ALA Today: The Virtual Conference as well as a Legal Management CE course and a webinar.

  • A Dream Deferred

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    Join Benjamin Wilson's discussion of how the legal community can and must respond to police brutality against Black people.

    HR Webinar

    ALA welcomes back Benjamin Wilson, who shared this thought-proving session during ALA Today: The Virtual Conference. For this webinar he will continue examining the epidemic of police brutality against black people and discuss ways in which the legal community can help prevent future abuses. Together with Moderator, Jessica Mazzeo, from ALA’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, we will explore well-known cases of racially motivated police killings in the 21st century, focusing on understanding the historical context of racism in America and its relationship to the current institution of policing. We will also discuss the role the media has played in galvanizing demonstrations against police brutality as well as actions legal professionals can take to eradicate systemic racism and prevent future killings. We will also provide more holistic solutions that go beyond the criminal justice system to include health care, housing and education.

    Objectives:

    • Illustrate the history of police brutality in America.
    • Outline the role of systemic racism in historical and recent instances of police brutality.
    • Summarize actions we can take to eradicate the culture of police brutality.

    Audience: Intermediate

    Benjamin F. Wilson

    Speaker

    Benjamin F. Wilson is the Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., a top-ranked law firm focused on environmental and natural resource law and litigation. He represents major corporations, developers and municipalities in complex litigation matters involving Clean Water Act enforcement, wetlands development, Superfund and environmental justice matters. A tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, in 2020, Wilson was inducted into the Washington Bar Association's Hall of Fame, awarded the Cora T. Walker Award from the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, and was featured in the National Law Journal's cover story "The Vanguard and the Vision." He also founded and leads the African American General Counsel and Managing Partner Networks and Diverse Partners Network. He graduated from Dartmouth College and from Harvard Law School and has served as Chairman of the Environmental Law Institute since 2016. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at the Howard University School of Law.

    Jessica Mazzeo (Moderator)

    Jessica L. Mazzeo is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Griesing Law, LLC, a full service business law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Jessica focuses on overseeing and implementing all of the Firm’s business operations while establishing policies that promote and retain the Firm’s culture and strategic vision. In addition to her role at the Firm, Jessica is co-founder of Bossible, a company that focuses on business and professional development for individuals and small businesses as well as GriesingMazzeo Leadership which conducts diversity, inclusion, elimination of bias and sexual harassment education and training for businesses. A thought leader on diversity and inclusion, employee issues, business generation and over all law firm management, Jessica writes a quarterly column for The Legal Intelligencer and speaks around the country. She is the 2020-2021 Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of Legal Administrators, a staff volunteer for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and a volunteer for the Women's Business Enterprise Council East. Jessica is also currently pursuing her law degree at Widener University Delaware School of Law. You can reach Jessica at jmazzeo@griesinglaw.com, jessica@itsbossible.com or jessica@griesingmazzeo.com.

    60 Minutes
    CLM App Management Category - FS: Human Resources Management
    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes
    HRCI: General Credit
    SHRM: Relationship Management
    SHRM Learning Format: Instructor-Led Activity
    CLE: Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society
    CPE Field of Study: Personnel/HR
    CPE Credit Eligible: 1
    CPE Prerequisites: None
    CPE Advanced Preparation: None 

    Contact us at elearning@alanet.org if you need a certificate for CPE credit.

  • The Ever-Evolving World of Legal Ethics (CE Credit)

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    Ethics in the legal profession is typically focused on lawyers, but applies equally to all staff and paraprofessionals in all settings. Read the article in Legal Management magazine and then take this quiz for CE credit.

    This course reviews the foundations and tenants of ethics. Historical and contemporary schools of ethics are examined, and ethical decision-making and behaviors are reviewed. Ethics as a component of leadership is also addressed, and several frameworks to address ethical decisions and dilemmas are presented.

    Ethics in the legal profession is typically focused on lawyers, but applies equally to all staff and paraprofessionals in all settings — in law firms, corporate settings and the judicial branch. No organization, regardless of size or setting, is exempt from obligations of ethical behavior.

    Read the article in Legal Management magazine here. Then, purchase access to the quiz: members pay $49; nonmembers pay $69.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Define ethics and its importance.
    2. Describe several systems of ethical thought.
    3. Identify how ethics are formed at individual and organizational levels.
    4. Apply the importance of ethics to professions and codes of ethics.
    5. Identify and describe a framework for ethical decision making and ethical dilemmas.
    6. Provide suggestions for development of organizational ethics.

    Members and nonmembers can read the article in Legal Management magazine, then log in to take a test. If you pass with at least 70 percent, you will earn one CE credit hour. 

    1 Hour
    SHRM: Ethical Practice
    CLE: Law Practice Management
    HRCI: General Credit
    CLM App Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Legal Industry/Business Management (LI) toward the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application.
    CLM Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of ethics.

  • From Diversity to Inclusion: Creating a Culturally Competent Law Firm

    Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2020

    The goal of this presentation is to enhance knowledge and skills for building and maintaining a multicultural organization and becoming positive change agents for our workplaces.

    The goal of this presentation is to enhance knowledge and skills for building and maintaining a multicultural organization and becoming positive change agents for our workplaces. This program asks participants to understand and reflect on their role as a leader responsible for promoting inclusion and building successful and effective working relationships within our organizations. 

    Objectives

    • Illustrate and recognize the unique challenges that the legal industry faces when it comes to diversity and inclusion. 
    • Define diversity and culture and its impact on relationships within our organizations. 
    • Demonstrate the importance of collaborative working relationships with diverse colleagues and the benefits of diverse perspectives in problem-solving. 
    • Recognize the importance of infusing diversity and inclusion into our organizations to achieve a more productive, respectful and cooperative work environment. 
    • Develop a plan of action for becoming a change agent for diversity and inclusion within our organizations. 

    Audience: Intermediate 

    60 Minutes 

    CLM® Application Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application. 

    CLM® Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR) 

    HRCI: General Credit 

    SHRM: Communications 

    CLE: Recognition of Bias

    Jessica Mazzeo

    Jessica L. Mazzeo is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Griesing Law, LLC, a full service business law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Jessica focuses on overseeing and implementing all of the Firm’s business operations while establishing policies that promote and retain the Firm’s culture and strategic vision. In addition to her role at the Firm, Jessica is co-founder of Bossible, a company that focuses on business and professional development for individuals and small businesses as well as GriesingMazzeo Leadership which conducts diversity, inclusion, elimination of bias and sexual harassment education and training for businesses. A thought leader on diversity and inclusion, employee issues, business generation and over all law firm management, Jessica writes a quarterly column for The Legal Intelligencer and speaks around the country. She is the 2020-2021 Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of Legal Administrators, a staff volunteer for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and a volunteer for the Women's Business Enterprise Council East. Jessica is also currently pursuing her law degree at Widener University Delaware School of Law. You can reach Jessica at jmazzeo@griesinglaw.com, jessica@itsbossible.com or jessica@griesingmazzeo.com.