One of the most significant aspects of practicing law and doing business in an increasingly global economy (as well as communities that grow more multi-ethnic and multicultural each day) is the challenge of sustained interaction between people who are different from us in various ways. Even the simplest of encounters can often leave lawyers, paralegals, or the clients themselves feeling confused, frustrated, offended, or (worst of all) seriously hurt—even when everyone involved began with the best of intentions. And now, with the adoption and promotion of Rule 8.4 (g) of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which adds harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, etc. to the types of sanctionable professional misconduct, it is imperative that lawyers and paralegals learn to identify our own blind spots in this tricky area.
This lively, interactive workshop explores cross-cultural interactions, and the ways that so-called "implicit" or unconscious biases that we all have can affect how we interact with each other. Participants will explore the ways that implicit biases may show up, the impact they can have, the sources from which they arise, and best practices for mitigating their effects.