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Broadcast Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

Overview:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in the legal profession affect the public’s perception of an equal and fair judicial system. However, even with existing DEI policies and programs within legal organizations, they are still generally perceived as falling behind other sectors.

Good DEI practices begin at an organizational level. Thus, law firms should set goals and continue to look for DEI investment opportunities, particularly in the leadership and management aspects.

Listen as a panel of distinguished professionals organized by The Knowledge Group provide the audience with a comprehensive discussion of the recent trends and developments surrounding DEI practices in the legal industry. Speakers, among other things, will offer practical strategies to address the challenges and issues in promoting equity in the legal profession.

Key topics include:

  • The Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Legal Industry
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Promoting Equity in the Legal Profession
  • Law Firm’s DEI Initiatives: Lessons Learned and Takeaways
  • Best Practices to Improve DEI Policies and Programs
  • What Lies Ahead

Credit:

Course Level:

Intermediate

 

Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials

 

Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)

 

Course Code:

149505

 

NY Category of CLE Credit:

Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

 

Total Credit:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Kenneth Williams, Shareholder
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.

Kenneth Williams is a shareholder in the Segal McCambridge Detroit office. He focuses his practice on representing corporations and insurance carriers in the areas of coverage and personal injury litigation.  He has a wide array of jury trial experience in Michigan, Florida, and Illinois.  He has also litigated matters including but not limited to general liability, premises liability, coverage and indemnification, employment discrimination, along with agency claims. He is also co-chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Rosa J. Nunez, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Foley Hoag LLP

Rosa Nunez is Foley Hoag’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She is responsible for developing, implementing, leading and championing proactive diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs, in alignment with Foley Hoag’s overall strategic plans. Rosa is also co-chair the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Rosa’s initiatives are centered around recruitment, learning and development, engagement, retention and external positioning. Rosa’s work has been recognized nationally, including being named as one of the 2022 50 most notable CDOs by COLOR Magazine, a 2021 Diversity Mentor of The Year by NY Moves Magazine and 2021 Leading Latina by Hispanic Magazine. Rosa is also a National Board Member of INROADS, where she served in 2021 as Chair of the Fund Development Committee.

Rosa has over 15 years of experience specializing in workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, employee engagement, workplace culture and community outreach programs. Most recently, she worked at BCW Global – Burson Cohn & Wolfe in New York as the SVP, Senior Director, North America – Diversity & Belonging. In that capacity, she was responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive U.S. inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging strategy to identify talent and help them flourish at BCW. Before that, Rosa was the U.S. Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Omnicom Media Group and started her career as a member of the Global Inclusion and Diversity Team at information technology firm Accenture.

Maria L. H. Lewis, Chief Diversity Officer
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

As Faegre Drinker’s chief diversity officer, Maria Lewis provides vision and leadership for promoting and instilling a firm culture that builds, values and supports diversity and inclusion. In partnership with firm leadership, Maria serves as the champion for the firm’s overall diversity and inclusion initiatives by developing and facilitating strategies, decision making, priority setting and actions necessary to advance diversity and inclusion at all levels. She also serves the firm’s clients by providing litigation counsel on challenging employment issues in the workplace and conducting corporate training programs to improve workplace culture and reduce legal risks.

Nathan Lindsey, Member
Rasmussen Dickey Moore, LLC

Nathan Lindsey works as an insurance defense attorney, focusing on products liability law and asbestos defense litigation in Missouri and Illinois. He has extensive experience advocating for a broad range of national businesses including manufacturers, premises owners, and contractors during all phases of litigation. He has also represented a variety of local professionals and entities including retail owners, medical professionals, design professionals, financial planners, and construction contractors. He regularly appears for contested motions and trial settings in the circuit courts of Missouri and Illinois including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Madison County, and McLean County.

Agenda:

Kenneth WilliamsShareholder

Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.

  • The importance of diversity in the legal field at large
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges at small and mid-sized law firms
  • How smaller firms can utilize limited resources to pursue diversity
  • Promoting diversity through listening, measuring, adjusting, and improving

 

Rosa J. NunezDirector of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Foley Hoag LLP

  • Aligning the DE&I initiatives to the firm’s business objectives.
  • DE&I Programs and initiatives are not one-size-fits-all.
  • Measuring success – knowing when what is being done is working or when it is time to recalibrate.

 

Maria L. H. Lewis, Chief Diversity Officer

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

  • Having a JEDI mindset around the concepts of Justice – Equity – Diversity – Inclusion
  • How to build Cultural Competencies on these topics in the Legal World
  • How to develop an Ally culture where everyone has a place of Belonging
  • Capturing the diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges of Intersectionality

 

Nathan LindseyMember

Rasmussen Dickey Moore, LLC

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges at small and mid-sized law firms
  • The importance of diversity in the legal field at large
  • How smaller firms can utilize limited resources to pursue diversity
  • Promoting diversity through listening, measuring, adjusting, and improving

Materials:

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Who Should Attend:

  • Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officers
  • Diversity & Inclusion Officers
  • Human Resource Executives
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Chief Human Resources Officers
  • Labor and Employment Law Attorneys
  • Employee Relations Professionals
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Top Level Management

SPEAKERS

Kenneth WilliamsShareholder
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
Rosa J. NunezDirector of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Foley Hoag LLP
Maria L. H. LewisChief Diversity Officer
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Nathan LindseyMember
Rasmussen Dickey Moore, LLC

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