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

Program Number: 2815

Program Date: 07/11/2018

Description

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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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, 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
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for Experienced Attorneys Only in NY

Presenters


Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq. (2018)

Ungaretti & Harris

Alton B. Harris was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm Ungaretti & Harris, now part of Nixon Peabody LLP. At Ungaretti and Harris, Mr. Harris served at various times as managing partner, executive and compensation committee member, and head of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, and he sits on the board of directors of a billion-dollar technology corporation. He has served as mentor, coach, and counselor to many businesswomen and persons of color, recently wrote with Ms. Kramer, “Taking Control: Women, Gender Stereotypes, and Impression Management” and their book, Breaking Through Bias.


Mr. Harris and Andrea S. Kramer have been working together for more than 30 years to promote gender equality in the workplace. Married to each other, they are highly successful lawyers who have mentored thousands of women over the course of their careers. They have collaborated on more than 100 articles, blog posts, and webcasts, given numerous workshops, speeches, and panel discussion across the country, and co-authored the groundbreaking book, BREAKING THROUGH BIAS: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work. Their writing, speaking, and mentoring all have as their objective helping women, men, and organizations to recognize and eliminate the discriminatory consequences of stereotype bias of all sorts, including gender, racial, and age. Their presentations—and BREAKING THROUGH BIAS—offer unique, balanced advice to employ communication techniques and to adopt policies and practices to reduce the difficulties women and minorities face in advancing in their careers and assure their career opportunities are comparable to white men’s.

 

Andrea S. Kramer, Esq.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Andrea (Andie) S. Kramer, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where she heads its Financial Products, Trading and Derivatives Group. Ms. Kramer is a founding member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and co-chair of its Gender Diversity Subcommittee. She previously served on the firm’s Management and Compensation Committees. She has a sophisticated and unique legal practice that covers all aspects of financial transactions and derivatives, focusing on taxation, regulation, contract design, trading operations, and documentation. She addresses issues related to derivative products, hedging, energy trading, and insurance company investment operations. In all these areas, she works with clients to assure compliance with or resolve disputes concerning tax laws, governmental regulation, contract negotiation, trading policies, and risk management objectives.


Ms. Kramer consistently demonstrates her commitment to improving gender diversity and equality for women’s careers. She is co-author with her husband, Alton B. Harris, of the Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, available at www.andieandal.com.  She is a co-author of What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation, a 2013 guide published by the ABA Task Force on Gender Equality. She is the author of Developing Clout While Navigating Gender Bias, published in the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Women’s Law Journal and The Equality Equation – Here’s How Women Can Confront Prevailing Stereotypes and Rise to the Top, published in INSIGHT Magazine. She is co-author with Al Harris of “Taking Control: Women, Gender Stereotypes and Impression Management,” published in the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Newsletter, Winter 2014. Ms. Kramer was featured in the February 2012 Chicago Lawyer magazine as an “inspiring innovator” in the first in its series on “members of the legal community who think outside the box and inspire their colleagues”; as a “Remarkable Women” by the Chicago Tribune in August 2013 as a “Top Lawyer with a Corner Office” with a “Penchant for Platypuses and a Dream of Gender Equality”; and was quoted in The Wall Street Journal about gender bias and the need for women to refer business to other women (May 4, 2014).


Among her many other awards and accolades, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal for her “demonstrated power to change the legal landscape, shape public affairs, launch industries, and do big things”. Ms. Kramer has spoken at close to 100 national diversity conferences, webcasts, trade association meetings, and professional service firms on the importance of assuring women equal access to career opportunities and leadership roles.

 

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