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BIAS: IMPLICIT BIAS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION


--- 1.0 CLE Credit for AZ,CA,CT,FL,NJ,NY,PA,WA
--- ethics - diversity training (bias)
--- course production date: 2/25/2016
--- presented by BETH K WHITTENBURY

BETH K WHITTENBURY
Beth K. Whittenbury discusses how the concept of bias translates to legal claims, how attorneys can identify and avoid putting bias into play in their professional life and how some law firms have been sued for claims of bias.

The course looks at real-life examples drawn from cases as well as hypotheticals to apply and test the attorneys understanding of the key principles of the law. We listen and learn our duties as members of the legal profession while understanding the implications of implicit bias.

Key course points are:
• Differentiate between legitimate business related behavior and actions that might give rise to a legal claim.
• Understand how to avoid behavior which might give rise to a bias claim.
• Understand when a client could be held liable for sexual harassment.
• Understand how to avoid liability for themselves and their law firms.
• Understand how to counsel clients to avoid liability.


--- presented by BETH K WHITTENBURY

Beth K. Whittenbury started her law career with what was then San Francisco’s largest law firm, litigating employment cases and giving advice to employers. She left to found her legal consulting practice dedicated to resolving employment issues without litigation. She currently conducts workplace fact-finding investigations, workplace resolution systems audits, employee mediations, and sexual harassment training in compliance with AB 1825.

Her recent book, Investigating the Workplace Harassment Claim, made the American Bar Association Best Seller List in December, 2012 within forty-five days of publication. She’s also the author of A Manager’s Guide to Preventing Liability for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, a useful gift for managers, as well as a teacher’s guide which can be used by HR professionals to give AB 1825 compliant training sessions. In addition, Ms. Whittenbury has written numerous articles for law reviews and practitioner publications.

Ms. Whittenbury is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF), a distinction available only to 1/3 of the top 1% of lawyers practicing in each state. She currently serves on the Council for the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice of the American Bar Association (ABA) and as the Co-Chair of that section’s Education Committee. She is the immediate Past Chair of the Employment Law and Litigation Committee for the Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the ABA and is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the California Bar Association. Ms. Whittenbury is also a former Board member of NCHRA (Northern California Human Resources Association) and a current member of PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association), both local chapters of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).