(Webcast) The Value of Law and Diversity: The BIPOC Attorney’s Path and Pitfalls to Solo & Small Firm Practice

Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Program Chair:
Nydia Shahjahan
Nydia Shahjahan, Esq., P.C.

  • This program will explore the practical impact of implicit and explicit bias, diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession and sensitivity to cultural and other differences on attorney retention from experienced BIPOC attorneys who have transitioned to solo and small law firm practices and the ways that DEI issues continue to impact their current practice. The program will also provide concrete recommendations for how the legal profession, including small law firms and solo practitioners, can promote diversity, inclusion, and equity, both within their ranks and through their interactions with clients and other parties in the legal system.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Members | $99 for Nonmembers

  • Joam Alisme
    Alisme Law LLC

    Femi Disu-Oakley
    Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

    Christopher Q. Davis
    Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis

    Carl Forbes, Jr.
    Carl Forbes Jr. Law Firm PLLC

    Roosevelt Jean
    Law Offices of Roosevelt Jean

    Nydia Shahjahan
    Nydia Shahjahan, Esq., P.C.

  • 6:00 pm – 6:10 pm
    Introductory Remarks and Overview

    6:10 pm – 7:20 pm
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (or lack thereof) and the Impact on BIPOC Attorney Retention at Larger Legal Organizations and Law Firms:

    • Implicit/Unconscious Bias
    • Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in the Legal Profession
    • Sensitivity to cultural and other differences

    7:20 pm – 8:20 pm
    Tools to Promote Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity:

    • As Employer: Tool adaptability to Small Law Firms and Solo Practitioners.
    • As Attorney: Clients, other parties in the legal system, and the Court

    8:20 pm – 8:30 pm
    Questions and Answers

  • New York: 2.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    New Jersey: 2.8 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    California: 2.5 Elimination of Bias
    Pennsylvania: 2.0 Professional Responsibility
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Matthew E. Morningstar & Robert A. Marchman, Co-Chairs
    Small Law Firms, Anne Wolfson, Chair

    Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
    Office for Diversity and Inclusion
    Small Law Firm Center

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org