WHETHER HIDDEN OR OVERT, BIAS NOT ONLY CAN, BUT WILL, AFFECT A FIRM’S BOTTOM LINE.
Prejudice can close minds off to new and different perspectives. It can prevent people from listening to others objectively. When bias prevents a colleague from treating co-workers— or clients—fairly, it doesn’t just undermine the success of the individual, it diminishes the success of the entire law firm.
Speaker’s Edge founder Shawn Judge and award-winning photographer Wing Young Huie help audiences explore and discuss biases faced every day in the legal profession. Shawn will discuss real-life written scenarios touching on bias issues; Wing will explore themes involving bias through his photography. This is a presentation every attorney will want to experience.
POINTS OF FOCUS
IMPACT OF PREJUDICE
This discussion will help attendees understand the implications of bias for a law firm. That includes client relationships, recruitment and retention, and specific practice areas. Whether hidden or overt, bias not only can, but will, affect a firm’s bottom line.
Everyone makes assumptions daily based on what is perceived, rather than what is known. Attendees can learn techniques on how they can stop themselves from forming preconceived notions about others. Identifying one’s prejudices is a critical first step to addressing them.
LEARN TO LISTEN
To listen effectively, a lawyer must set aside any assumptions he/she may have made about a particular person or group. To truly understand both clients and colleagues, attendees will learn how to open themselves to other perspectives and new ideas.
This program has been approved by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education for Elimination of Bias credit.