Black Lives Matter: How Does It Affect Your Law Office? (Webinar)
Attorneys should be on the forefront of progress and amplify the voices of those who are marching for justice and their communities. They should be volunteering to represent peaceful protesters and protecting their constitutional rights. Join this webinar to learn how your firm can have the greatest impact on the current unrest in our nation.
- Discover how to organize community-based responses.
- Develop internal diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Discuss how HR and managers can improve staff relations when many people are feeling angry, distracted, emotionally exhausted, etc.
The recording of Jason Murray's June 10, 2020 webinar is available on-demand now. Some of the key points he made were:
- It’s important to not act like it’s business as usual right now.
- To prepare your employees for conversations about racial justice & equality, send out a list of suggested pre-reads and/or pre-watches.
- While it’s taxing, you must handle COVID stress & racial justice movement stress at the same time. These crises intersect: African-American men covering their face receive additional scrutiny & suspicion.
- If you think you are exempt because your law firm is primarily white – it is the opposite. You need to address racial justice in order to make your law firm a welcoming place. The diversity of your attorneys and staff will impact which clients you attract & retain. Commit to recruiting and retaining Black attorneys and other people of color.
- Put out the house on fire, not the houses next door. The Black Lives Matter movement is an attempt to protect the vulnerable, to put out the house on fire.
- 60 Minutes
- Audience: Intermediate
Jason M. Murray (Moderator)
Jason M. Murray practices in the area of franchise and distribution law and provides counsel and assistance with creating, managing, licensing, protecting and enforcing franchised business relationships, product distribution systems and dealership networks. His franchise and distribution law practice specifically relate to licensing and development, regulation and compliance, and dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
Murray is a frequent lecturer and author both in the substantive areas of law in which he practices, as well as in areas related to promoting equal opportunities in the legal profession for minority lawyers and the economic empowerment of minority communities. He served as the Diversity Chair for an Am Law 200 law firm for 10 years and received Diversity Best Practices’ 2008 Diversity Officer Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s 2003 Diversity and Gender Sensitivity Award. Murray has served as a mentor for many minority lawyers and members of South Florida’s diverse legal community.
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)