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The Introverted Lawyer - A Journey Toward Authentically Empowered Advocacy

Program Number: 2851 Presenter: Heidi K. Brown

While naturally loquacious law professors, law students, lawyers, and judges thrive in a world dominated by the Socratic question-and-answer method and rapid-fire oral discourse, quiet thinkers and writers can be sidelined. The Introverted Lawyer illuminates the valuable gifts that introverted, shy, and socially anxious individuals bring to the legal profession—including active listening, deep thinking, empathy, impactful legal writing, creative problem-solving, and thoughtful communication. The Introverted Lawyer also offers a seven-step process for amplifying our advocacy voices in an authentic manner.

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Ending the Discriminatory Consequences of Age Bias in the Legal Profession

Program Number: 2802 Presenter: Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq. (2018), Andrea S. Kramer, Esq. (2018)

In this timely and important program, Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris explain the nature and operation of age stereotypes, those about both younger and older lawyers, which result in discriminatory biases against persons at both ends of the age spectrum. They convincingly explain why it is so important for legal organizations to combat age discrimination and then present a series of effective, practical practices, policies, and techniques that legal organizations can use to eliminate age bias and improve generational harmony. They also review the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the status of litigation under this Act, and the likely impact of ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) on age discrimination. Topics include: the nature and operation of age stereotypes and the biases that flow from them; how these age biases limit career opportunities for both older and younger lawyers; recognizing how gender stereotypes interact with age stereotypes to particularly

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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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