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Disrupting Bias in the Legal Profession: A Mental Re-set to Work More Effectively with Clients and Colleagues

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Description: In this program, we will introduce common cognitive and cultural biases that legal professionals are likely to experience, or encounter in others, in the course of practicing law. Using real-life examples, we will then explore how these biases impact legal professionals’ decision-making, specifically in interactions with clients and colleagues. By using a question-and-answer, conversational format centered around real examples, this program will provide a framework for participants to reflect on their own lived experiences, and to identify how they personally can engage more mindfully and effectively with diverse clients and colleagues.
Essie Martsinkovsky is a mediator and conflict resolution trainer who has facilitated mediations and trainings for hundreds of clients in diverse settings, including courts, businesses, universities, religious organizations, correctional facilities, and community non-profits. Until recently, Essie served as the Manager of Programs and Training at the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC), a Los Angeles mediation center specializing in serving monolingual low-income clients in their native languages. Essie has also provided coaching and training through partners including the California Lawyers for the Arts, USC Gould School of Law, and the Women's Negotiation Academy at the Pepperdine School of Law. In 2019, Essie received her Master's Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine School of Law. Essie is the founder and director of Vokative LLC, a mediation, training, and coaching company focused on improving communication through interactive, experiential learning. 
Constance Kim focuses her litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice on business, employment, and intellectual property matters.  In addition to counseling clients on their compliance duties and business objectives, she is intimately involved in managing and developing their case strategies.  Ms. Kim litigates in various forums and jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Some of her representative matters include:
  • Dismissals of actions involving fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, RICO, and related claims; contested fees in a False Claims Act qui tam action; multi-district litigation involving spoliation of evidence and multi-party toxic tort cases;
  • Resolution of a breach of contract case involving international security service providers to the US government; supervised team of 20 paralegals in electronic discovery review;
  • Negotiated settlements involving a foreign offer of employment under Labor Code §970, wage and hour claims before administrative agencies, defective residential water treatment devices, packaging materials, national technical support call center, and media company;
  • Enforcement of arbitration agreements in commercial agreements, employment agreements, and securities investments;
  • Obtained judgment against failed investor in international polo competition;
  • Collaborated on numerous cases involving wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, disability, defamation, negligent hiring, misclassification, sales commissions, and indemnification rights; conducted employment law trainings and workplace investigations; participated in mediations;
  • Obtained ruling in favor of motion for contempt for failure to abide by injunction in trademark infringement case; worked on wheel design patent infringement case and negotiation of licensing agreement;
  • Worked together with French colleagues on website design infringement case and compliance with French data privacy laws; conducted group presentation comparing attorney-client privilege in the US, UK and France; analyzed enforceability of confidentiality and interim awards in international arbitrations; drafted reports on director liability, litigation hold requirements, and ETSI/FRAND litigation in the US.
  • Ms. Kim has held leadership positions in several organizations. As Chair of the International Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, she has led a delegation to the Middle East and overseen diverse programming and developing partnerships with foreign bar associations. Currently, she is Treasurer and Trustee of the Foundation Board of Trustees at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, actively engaged in fundraising efforts and alumni outreach.

Practice Areas: Elimination of Bias & Diversity in the Legal Profession
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 08/05/2021
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 4 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Total Credits: 1
Specialty Credits: Ethics 1
Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: 08/04/2024
Training Type: Online

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Essie Martsinkovsky - Vokative, LLC
Constance Kim - Connon Wood LLP
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