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Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Legal Profession (Feb 28, 2019)

Program Number: 2930 Presenter: Joan Bibelhausen, JD

**** CD's are pre-order only and not available until after the program date - Online Programs are not available until after the program date. CLICK ONLY THE ONLINE BUTTON TO ADD TO CART, IF THAT BUTTON IS NOT AVAILABLE, THE PROGRAM HAS NOT YET BEEN PRODUCED **** Studies show that lawyers are at greater risk for alcohol and other substance use disorders, depression, other mental illness and stress than members of other professions or the general population. There is a clearly recognized continuum where unresolved chronic stress becomes a predictor for addiction and mental illness. By understanding lawyer stress, this continuum, and the facts about addiction and mental illness, lawyers can reduce their risk and, hopefully, get help earlier when there is a problem. Signs, symptoms, risk factors and recovery regarding these problems will be presented. The discussion will include new initiatives and tools to reduce risk as well as information on

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Detecting Bias Model Rule of Professional Responsibility As Viewed Through the Lens of Sherlock Holmes Movies and Television

Program Number: 2861 Presenter: Umarah Ali, Esq., Craig S. Friedman, Esq., Gregory R. Hanthorn, Esq.

Hidden bias is difficult to root out. We are all incapable of completely impartially examining our reasons for acting; that’s why hidden bias is “hidden.” This CLE program seeks to explore differences between “bias” and “deduction and inference” through the innovative technique of following alongside one of fiction’s great ratiocinators – Sherlock Holmes. Using video clips from decades of Sherlock Holmes movies and television episodes our Moderator and Panelists will take you on a guided tour through ways in which Holmes, Watson, London and rural police inspectors and constables have either fallen prey to bias or avoided bias by thinking clearly. The end result? The program presents a series of positive and negative examples of interacting with the ABA’s amended Model Rule addressing bias and beyond.

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How Women Lawyers Can Help to Eliminate Bias, Improve Diversity and Inclusion, and Advance their Legal Careers Despite the Presence of Gender Bias

Program Number: 2834 Presenter: Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq. (2018), Andrea S. Kramer, Esq. (2018)

Andie Kramer, partner at McDermott Will & Emery, and Alton B. Harris, partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, discuss the nature and extent of the achievement disparity between female and male lawyers, and why and how gender stereotypes and the biases that flow from them cause this disparity by preventing women from advancing in their legal careers as far and as fast as men. They then provide women with specific insights and communication techniques they can use to avoid or overcome these often subtle and unconscious gender biases. The program includes a discussion of the relevance of ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g) and ABA Resolution 302.

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What Male Lawyers Can Do to Eliminate Gender Bias and Inappropriate Sexual Conduct in the #MeToo and #TimesUp Era

Program Number: 2815 Presenter: Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq. (2018), Andrea S. Kramer, Esq.

Andie Kramer, partner at McDermott Will & Emery, and Alton B. Harris, partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, discuss how male lawyers can eliminate gender discrimination and increase gender diversity in the legal profession. Topics include: discussion of the lack of diversity at senior levels in the legal profession and its gender achievement gap; identification of the biases and stereotypes that cause the gender achievement gap and the culture it fosters that can lead to actual and potential sexual harassment and misconduct; a review of the ABA Mission Statement, ABA Model Rule 8.4(g), and Resolution 302 of the ABA House of Delegates (February 2018); and suggested practical, effective steps men and the legal organizations they control can take to increase diversity and avoid inappropriate sexual conduct in the #MeToo and #TimesUp era.

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Positive Steps to Increase Gender Diversity and Eliminate Bias in the Legal Profession

Program Number: 2721 Presenter: Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq., Andrea S. Kramer, Esq.

In this lively and thought-provoking program, Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris discuss how implicit gender bias can prevent legal organizations (such as corporate legal departments and law firms) from achieving their desired diversity goals and surprisingly, their economic goals. Using the ABA's Professional Responsibility Model Rule 8.4(g) and state bar professional responsibility rules as a skeletal structure, the presenters discuss how gender stereotypes and implicit biases hold legal organizations back from achieving necessary gender diversity and inclusion, and reduce career opportunities and advancement progress for women attorneys. They also focus on how people can avoid or overcome the discriminatory negative effects of gender bias, such as in the career-sensitive decisions (hiring, assignments, evaluations, compensation, and promotion policies) that are most often affected by implicit biases. Finally, they provide: (1) tips and an action plan for addressing implicit biases in corporate legal departments and law firms that can be used

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