What Law Firms Can Do to Override Implicit Bias &
Become More Inclusive
Time/Date: Wednesday, September 25 2019 at 5:30 pm
Location: Milbank LLP 55 Hudson Yards, New York, NY
The continued gender and racial disparities in the legal
profession have been attributed primarily to implicit bias. Last
year's program featured a talk about implicit bias and how it can
influence behavior. This program will focus on what law firms and
corporate legal departments can do to counteract the effects of
implicit bias. The disparities are still surprisingly large.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' data for 2018,
approximately 38% of all lawyers in the United States are female.
Approximately 15% of all lawyers identify as non-white (Asian,
African-American, Hispanic, Native American or mixed race). Among
the law firms covered by National Association for Law Placement's
latest survey (for 2018), 45.91% of law firm associates but only
23.36% of law firm partners are women. 24.22% of associates but
only 9.13% of partners are minorities. Only 1.83% of partners are
black/African American. There are still major law firms with zero
The program a will feature a roundtable discussion among the
members of a law firm's executive committee with Hon. Shira A.
Scheindlin, who requires no introduction, David Venderbush,
Co-Chair of the Alston & Bird LLP Diversity Committee, and
Andrew Botwin, Esq., Strategy People Culture, LLC, an executive
coach, workplace investigator and trainer.