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Positive Steps to Increase Gender Diversity and Eliminate Bias in the Legal Profession



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Description: 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 and implemented by both employers and employees; and (2) a discussion and action plan about policies and procedures that can prevent career-sensitive decisions from being made in a biased way.
 
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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 forthcoming book Breaking Through Bias:  Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, with May 2016 as its scheduled publication date http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Through-Bias-Communication-Techniques-ebook/dp/B011DCQYTY. 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.
 
Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq., a founding partner at Ungaretti & Harris, is currently a partner in the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP, into which his firm recently merged. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, and corporate governance. As an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University Law School, he teaches courses on the regulation of derivative products and the financial markets. He also has served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Program in Financial Services Law at IIT – Chicago Kent College of Law, where he taught courses on the regulation of money managers. Among his many honors are the following and recognitions are the following: Illinois Super Lawyers – Banking & Financial, 2005-2012; named by The National Law Journal as one of the 50 outstanding securities lawyers in the United States; and The Best Lawyers in America©,, 2007-2016, Litigation - Securities, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation.
Mr. Harris is a co-author with Andie Kramer of the book, Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, scheduled for publication in May of 2016 http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Through-Bias-Communication-Techniques-ebook/dp/B011DCQYTY. The book, according to the authors, “provides a how-to series of unique, sensible, and effective techniques for women to use to break through gender bias in the workplace and win at the career advancement game.” He is also co-author with her of “Taking Control: Women, Gender Stereotypes and Impression Management,” published in the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Newsletter, Winter 2014.


Practice Areas: Elimination of Bias & Diversity in the Legal Profession , Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 12/05/2017 12:00 PM EST
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: Live

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Andrea S. Kramer - Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Alton B. Harris - Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
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