Diversity & Inclusion Symposium: Privilege and Power in Legal Environments: Overcoming Barriers to Entry and Advancement (sponsored by LexisNexis) (C2)

Date + Time: Sunday, July 14, 2019: 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Speakers: José Cunningham; Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Russell McClain, University of Maryland School of Law

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In the legal profession and allied careers, the imbalance of power in favor of members of groups with social privileges create barriers to entry and advancement for women, people of color, people of lower socioeconomic status, those lacking elite academic pedigrees, and others who lack social privileges. A panel comprised of a judge, a law firm marketing and recruitment officer, and a law professor will discuss the role that power and privilege plays in admissions, hiring, and career advancement. The panelists will discuss the history of our current power and privilege disparities and what the proxies are for power. The audience will be given tactics for allies with privilege to address power imbalances and for those who lack power and privilege to overcome career barriers.

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