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Implicit Bias and Your Ethical Duties as a Lawyer 2019 *In-Person at D.C. Bar*

December 3, 2019
Credits: 3.0 Ethics Credit Hours

Description: Under ABA Rule 8.4(g), a lawyer’s professional misconduct is defined broadly to include many forms of discrimination related to the practice of law, including “words or conduct, bias or prejudice.”  This insightful class will explore the concept of implicit bias, what it is, and how it affects day-to-day decisions in the legal workplace. Seasoned attorneys will discuss the new ABA Rule, D.C. Ethics Rule 8.4(d), and other ethic rules related to implicit bias and behavior, including competence, client confidences, client communications, and workplace interactions. Those who attend will learn how implicit bias can impact your legal practice including:
  • Representing clients
  • Interacting with witnesses
  • Relationships with opposing counsel
  • Interacting with coworkers and court personnel
  • Managing a law firm or law practice
  • Participating in bar association, business, or social activities.
Our knowledgeable faculty will use hypothetical scenarios to illustrate how implicit bias works and how it relates to the ethics rules.

  • German A. Gomez, Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Mindy Rattan, Bloomberg Law
  • Hope C. Todd, D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Counsel
Fee: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members; $99 D.C. Bar Members; $109 Government and Non-profit Attorneys; $129 Others

The D.C. Bar CLE Program now offers discounted group registration rates!  For more information, contact the CLE Office at CLE@dcbar.org or 202-626-3488.


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German Gomez, Hogan Lovells

Mindy Rattan, Bloomberg Law Litigation Team Lead

Hope Todd, D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Counsel