Studies over the last fifteen to twenty years have revealed, despite numerous programs implemented to improve diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, women of color have not reaped the benefits of the progress made. In an effort to change this, the Commission on Women in the Profession recently released its latest study, Left Out and Left Behind: the Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long Term Legal Careers for Women of Color. This Showcase program focuses on the results of this study and the impact that the paucity of women lawyers of color has on the administration of justice. Without all demographics adequately represented in the legal profession, we cannot be assured of a fair process. Participants will learn about the concrete recommendations presented in Left Out and Left Behind, including adopting best practices for reducing biases in decision making; going beyond recruitment to inclusion; and incorporating an intersectional approach to addressing diversity and gender.
Paulette Brown , Senior Partner & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Locke Lord LLP, Princeton, NJ
Eileen Letts , Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, Chicago, IL
Mari Carmen Aponte , Former US Ambassador to El Salvador, Washington DC
Cyndie M. Chang , Managing Partner, Duane Morris, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Destiny Peery , Principal, The Red Bee Group LLC, Chicago, IL
Mary Smith , Vice Chair, VENG Group, and Chair and President, Caroline and Ora Smith Foundation, Lansing IL