Why the Legal Profession Is the Nation’s Least Diverse (And How to Fix It)

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Sybil Dunlop interviewed diverse legal professionals from around the country about their experiences in the legal industry. These individuals’ voices offer practical advice as well as haunting testimony reflecting how far we still have to go to increase diversity in the legal profession. This webinar pairs their experiences with research showing how explicit and implicit biases in the legal profession render it the least diverse. Participants will walk away with practical advice and actions needed to serve as change agents in their own organizations.

Objectives

  • Identify three reasons why the legal profession is the nation's least diverse.
  • Discuss why the legal profession's lack of diversity harms firms and our profession.
  • Discover reasons why past efforts to improve diversity in the legal profession have failed.
  • Review three steps law firms can take to improve our profession’s diversity. Recognize three things individuals can do to ensure that our law firms are inclusive

Level: Essentials

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Why the Legal Profession Is the Nation’s Least Diverse (And How to Fix It)
08/10/2022 at 2:00 PM (CDT)   |  60 minutes
08/10/2022 at 2:00 PM (CDT)   |  60 minutes Sybil Dunlop interviewed diverse legal professionals from around the country about their experiences in the legal industry. These individuals’ voices offer practical advice as well as haunting testimony reflecting how far we still have to go to increase diversity in the legal profession. This webinar pairs their experiences with research showing how explicit and implicit biases in the legal profession render it the least diverse. Participants will walk away with practical advice and actions needed to serve as change agents in their own organizations.
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Sharon Meit Abrahams, EdD

Sharon Meit Abrahams, EdD, is a legal talent development expert with 30 years of experience helping lawyers and law firms improve their productivity and profitability. She is an accomplished book and article writer who has conducted more than 300 seminars for the legal industry and universities. Abrahams has experience in all aspects of professional development, client relationship building, diversity and inclusion initiatives, business development techniques, communication skills and management/leadership development training. She was appointed to the Professional Development Committee of the Law Practice Division of the ABA and served as the chair of ALA’s Professional Development Advisory Committee. Abrahams has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Miami, and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.


This course is eligible for one (1) CLM credit in the following categories

CLM® Application Credit: 1 hour of Organizational Development

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(s) in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR)

Level: Essentials