The Diversity Conference kicked off the bar year with the September 20 forum at William and Mary Law School. The panels did not disappoint, and audience participation took the program to a new level. Attendees were challenged and challenged others to think of diversity and inclusion in new ways. The program sold out nearly two weeks before it began. Continue reading Forum Photo Album
Individuals on the autism spectrum face challenges in their daily lives, nevermind the challenges with our legal system. Explore the issues those on the spectrum face and how to assist them. By Walewska Watkins Continue reading The Autism Spectrum and the Legal Process An Overview
John Whitfield was born into modest means but a local lawyer’s generous assistance sparked a career in serving a population that desperately needs our assistance. By Karla Carter. Continue reading A CALL TO SERVE: REMEMBERING THE COMMONWEALTH’S RURAL POOR
Learn about the needs of the disabled and how the disAbility Law Center of Virginia tries to fulfill them. By Colleen Miller and Darrel Tillar Mason Continue reading Lack of Adequate Legal Services for the Disabled
Coverage of the 2018 Forum on Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession by Chris Fortier “Everyone tries to get the top students with the best grades, highest ranks, and the right experience. Those criteria eliminated nearly everyone. You set [up a hiring process] so that you can create a reason for the rejection.” When determining that hiring practices were not yielding the results his organization wanted, Carlos Brown, Esq., found that his organization needed to adjust hiring practices to bring in successful candidates. He noted that at Dominion, “we asked if someone who has 5 years of a certain … Continue reading Employment Best Practices: Improving Diversity in the Legal Profession Through Hiring and Retention
Coverage of the 2018 Forum on Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession by Chris Fortier How do you deal with today’s climate, especially if your goal is to retain new attorneys for the long term? Mentorship can guide a young attorney through the challenges, but these mentorships have to be thought out. The most successful mentoring programs match mentors and mentees based on personality and ambition, with the aim to create an engaging connection. A long term mentor-mentee relationship impacts the younger person’s growth in the profession or the organization. The challenge is to inspire people to do more … Continue reading Keeping the Pipeline Flowing: Minority Attorneys Advancing Personal Success and Positively Impacting the Practice of Law, and Improving the Administration of Justice
Coverage of the 2018 Forum on Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession By Chris Fortier Does your client know the difference between “not guilty” and “no contest”? Your client needs to know that difference, and they may come from a culture where the two terms mean the same concept. As Virginia has become home to immigrants from all over the world, our legal system is adjusting to different interpretations of the law, different cultural patterns, and a better understanding of how its citizens understand and access justice. In order to provide due process, lawyers and judges have a duty … Continue reading Understanding Diversity: The Changing Realities and Considerations in the Practice of Law in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coverage of the 2018 Forum on Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession By Chris Fortier The Forum on Diversity in the Legal Profession started emphatically with Keith and Dana Cutler of “Couples Court with the Cutlers.” The Cutlers provided insight, intelligence, relatability, and chemistry to this “real talk” presentation. It focused on how to not step on one another’s toes and educated attendees on the difference between implicit bias and microaggressions, focusing on the grey areas to provide valuable advice. The program was based on the belief that no one wants to marginalize others, nor be marginalized. The Cutlers … Continue reading Implicit Bias and How it Affects the Practice of Law: The Cutlers Provide an Informative and Entertaining Start to the Forum
By Bernard J. Milano
KPMG Foundation formed The PhD Project in 1994 to encourage minorities to enter business doctoral programs. The model it developed includes holding an annual conference attended by more than 90 doctoral program partners to which 350-400 prospective doctoral students are invited. For those admitted to a doctoral program, the model, which includes support networks, has produced a 90 percent completion rate and almost all have accepted faculty positions.
Continue reading From Minority Doctoral Students to Faculty: A Model for Success and Consideration By Other Disciplines
By James McCauley, Esq.
The goal of improving diversity in our legal profession calls for inclusion of our colleagues that suffer from impairment and well-being issues. In 2017, the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being cited two studies that reveal lawyers are two to three times more likely than the general population to suffer from anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide. Continue reading Diversity, Lawyer Well-Being and Impairment