What It Takes to be a Trial Lawyer If You’re Not a Man: The Ethical, Professional, and Personal Costs of Confronting Gender Bias in the Courtroom

Program Number: 2906

Program Date: 01/10/2019

Description

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Today, women make up more than one half of all law school graduates. Yet they remain dramatically underrepresented at the top echelons of the profession. Two thirds of state and federal judges are men, as are 83 percent of elected prosecutors; less than one percent are women of color. In the majority of law firms, large and small, women make up only a fraction of the powerful inner circle: partners who bring in clients, lead litigation teams, and sit on powerful management and compensation committees. In the coveted position of first chair at trial, the number of women shrinks further.

In this MCLE, law professor and trial lawyer Lara Bazelon explores the systemic gender bias exhibited by judges, opposing counsel, jurors, or the clients themselves that impedes women’s advancement in the courtroom. She discusses the "double bind" that ensnares women who must be strong without coming across as strident and attractive without coming across as provocative. Bazelon discusses why these biases continue to persist and the thorny ethical problems that can arise with confronting them head-on, in particular concerns about harming the interests of the client and the reality that conforming to certain stereotypes can be strategically advantageous while feeling personally conflicting. She ends with different strategies employed by women to push back and ideas for how the next generation of women trial lawyers use their individual and collective voices to change the status quo.

Professor Bazelon’s book: Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction (Beacon Press) is currently available for pre-order at a number of online book sellers, including Amazon.

Please go to her website: www.larabazelon.com to learn more about Rectify.

Synopsis: In the courtroom, there are always—and only— two irreconcilable sides of the same story. Black/white. Right/wrong. Feller/fallen. When the wrong story prevails, justice is perverted and an innocent person is condemned. When there is an exoneration, expect a happy ending. But an exoneration is an earthquake that leaves behind upheaval and ruin. Is there a way forward?

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - Experienced Attorneys Only, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour, including 1.0 Credit Ethics
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour, including 1.0 Credit Ethics

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for Experienced Attorneys Only in NY

Presenters


Lara Bazelon

University of San Francisco School of Law

Lara Bazelon is an associate professor of law and the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinical Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. From 2012-2015, she was a visiting associate clinical professor at Loyola Law School and the director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent. Professor Bazelon was a trial attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles for seven years. Prior to that, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Harry Pregerson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Bazelon’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of ethics and criminal justice advocacy. She is the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Ethics, Gideon & Professionalism Committee, where she has organized roundtables at law schools across the country to develop and revise ethical standards for judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in the areas of mental health and forensic science. In January 2017, she was selected to serve a three-year term on the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council. Professor Bazelon is a contributing writer for Slate and Politico Magazine, where her long-form journalism and opinion pieces appear regularly, including a long-running series in Slate on issues arising from wrongful convictions. Her essays and op-eds have also been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Fusion, and Los Angeles Times. Professor Bazelon’s book about wrongful convictions and restorative justice will be published in 2018. She is the recipient of a writer-in-residency award from the MacDowell Colony in 2016 and from Mesa Refuge in 2017, where she was named a Langeloth Fellow for excellence in writing about issues relating to the criminal justice system. She is a non-resident senior fellow at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

Professor Bazelon’s book: Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction (Beacon Press) is currently available for pre-order at a number of online book sellers, including Amazon.

Please go to her website: www.larabazelon.com to learn more about Rectify.

Synopsis: In the courtroom, there are always—and only— two irreconcilable sides of the same story. Black/white. Right/wrong. Feller/fallen. When the wrong story prevails, justice is perverted and an innocent person is condemned. When there is an exoneration, expect a happy ending. But an exoneration is an earthquake that leaves behind upheaval and ruin. Is there a way forward?

EducationBA, Columbia UniversityJD, New York University ExperienceVisiting Associate Clinical Professor, Loyola Law SchoolDirector, Loyola Law School Project for the InnocentClinical Fellow, UC Hastings College of the LawDeputy Federal Public Defender, Los AngelesLaw Clerk, Honorable Harry Pregerson

 

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