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The Pernicious Myth of Conversion Therapy: A Historical and Legal Perspective on Debunked Practices (04/21/2021)

Program Number: 3187 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Charles Francis, Lisa Linsky, Esq.

Charles Francis, President of the Mattachine Society of Washington, DC, an archival research and educational organization, will join Lisa A. Linsky of McDermott Will & Emery, outside counsel for the MSDC to discuss the decade-long work by the two organizations, and the importance of creating pro bono partnerships focused on social justice issues. Charles and Lisa will also speak about the history of sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapy and the relevance of that history in connection with the current nationwide effort to ban such harmful and ineffective practices.

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: A Business and Moral Imperative (04/15/2021)

Program Number: 31102 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Joel Stern, Esq.

Hear from Joel Stern, the retired CEO of National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). NAMWOLF’s mission is to “promote diversity in the legal profession by fostering successful relationships among preeminent minority and women owned law firms and private/public entities”. Mr. Stern will share his insights on diversity and inclusion best practices, the impact of unconscious bias on moving the needle, and what in-house legal departments can do to solve versus admiring the challenges we have in the legal profession.

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Money at Work -- the Gender Pay Gap: Effective Strategies in the #MeToo Era (04/30/2020)

Program Number: 3076 Presenter: Kathleen Caminiti, Esq., Cheryl Pinarchick, Esq.

The topic of harassment, and sexual harassment in particular, has become an increasing concern for employers – not only in regard to their own personal behavior but also regarding the overall reputation of their organization as a harassment-free workplace. The #MeToo movement has heightened awareness of gender and power issues. However, an unintended consequence of the #MeToo movement had been risk of segregation of women professionals, a phenomenon that ultimately can lead to the denial of advancement opportunities and pay disparity. The purpose of this webinar is to educate employers about the existence of discriminatory compensation practices in the workplace and to think strategically about legal compliance and pay equality. We will explore the ramifications of gender segregation in the #MeToo era, provide an overview of current pay equity laws, and offer practical advice on how to identify and address implicit bias that can lead to potential gender discrimination and pay

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It’s Against My Religion: Navigating Religious Accommodations in the Workplace (03/13/2020)

Program Number: 3066 Presenter: Valerie Ferrier, Esq.

Valerie K. Ferrier, Head of Labor & Employment at Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP, will be providing an informative CLE seminar entitled ‘It’s Against My Religion’ Navigating Religious Accommodations in the Workplace.” In this CLE, Valerie will discuss religion and the workplace conflict including the law on religious conflict, a discussion on examples of reasonable accommodations in the workplace and recent cases involving reasonable accommodations.

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Helping Diverse Attorneys Thrive: Tips from In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel (12/01/2020)

Program Number: 30279 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Wesley D. Bizzell, Esq., Malachi B. Jones, Jr. Esq., Bonnie Lau, Esq.

Most law firms and corporate legal departments have had diversity-related initiatives for years, but these efforts have failed to develop and retain significant numbers of diverse attorneys. The pandemic and economic downturn threaten to derail the modest successes that have been achieved, but now is the time for law firms and legal departments to double-down on diversity and inclusion. Join the conversation with in-house and outside counsel as they discuss initiatives and share the experiences that have helped diverse attorneys thrive and have made a positive impact with their firms and organizations.

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Asking the Right Questions: How Corporate Boards Can Better Facilitate Racial Diversity and Respond to Race Discrimination and Harassment (11/16/2020)

Program Number: 30268 Presenter: Michelle Onibokun, Esq., Preston L. Pugh, Esq.

Even in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent headlines have been rife with stories about racial tension, incidents of violence, and civil unrest. Pressure is mounting for attorneys and corporate boards to facilitate racial diversity, promote a truly inclusive environment, and rewrite company policies to make it clear to internal and external stakeholders that there is no room for racial discrimination or harassment. This presentation will: provide examples of the right questions boards and counsel should ask to root out discrimination and harassment; provide tools to review and critique the efficacy of a corporation’s compliance policy as it relates to racial discrimination; and highlight lessons that corporate boards, in dealing with race discrimination and harassment, can learn from the #MeToo movement. Joyce Roche, a former Chair of a Fortune 100 company, will join the session to share her perspective.

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In Bostock's Wake: Advising Employers on the Supreme Court’s Recent LGBT Ruling and Related Workplace Issues (11/20/2020)

Program Number: 30250 Presenter: Christine Green, Esq.

This 1-hour CLE program for lawyers will cover the Supreme Court’s Recent decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which clarified that Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On the agenda: the Bostock decision; the new rule; a new causation standard; implications for employers; what employers can expect; advice and training for employers; and future questions and issues.

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Communication Techniques to Overcome Gender Bias in the Legal Profession (12/01/2020)

Program Number: 30242 Presenter: Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq., Andrea S. Kramer, Esq.

Andie Kramer and Alton B. Harris, authors of Breaking Through Bias (Second Edition) and It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace, 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. Andie and Al provide lawyers with specific insights and communication techniques they can use to avoid or overcome these often subtle and unconscious gender biases in their legal practices. The program includes a discussion of the relevance of ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g), ABA Resolutions 10A, 108D, 300, 302, and ABA’s Mission Statement. I. Understand the pervasive nature of gender stereotypes with respect to women, men, families, work, and leadership II. Recognize how these gender stereotypes result in discriminatory biases that operate to

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Making History & Moving Forward: What Bostock Means for You, Your Company, and Inclusiveness in the Workplace (07/13/2020)

Program Number: 30188 Presenter: Ashley R. Lynam, Esq.

Ashley R. Lynam, Esq. will present on the monumental and historic decision of Bostock v. Clayton County in which the Supreme Court held that an employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender violates Title VII. The presentation will explore the significance of the decision itself, explain its ruling and application to businesses nationwide, and explore best practices to prepare for necessary policy, practice and training changes required to create a safe, inclusive and compliant workplace. The presentation will explore the problem of pre-textual firings and prepare counsel, company and carriers for how best to protect both their businesses and workforces.

Changing Legal Standards for Bringing Gender-Based Pay Disparity Claims in the Second Circuit (05/19/2020)

Program Number: 30106 Presenter: Christopher R. Dyess, Esq.

This program discusses the standard for bringing gender-based pay disparity claims under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII. The program will provide basic background information including a review of the purposes of, the similarities and differences between and the remedies available under both laws. We will then review prior New York federal district and appellate court rulings discussing the legal standards for making a prima facie case of discrimination under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII. Specifically, we will discuss how prior to a Second Circuit decision in late 2019 clarified the law, New York federal courts were conflating the legal standards for bringing a Title VII claim with an Equal Pay Act claim. Further, we will discuss how by conflating these standards, courts left certain claimants with otherwise legitimate gender-based pay disparity claims with no legal remedy. Finally, we will review the Second Circuit’s December 2019 decision in

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