The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s new report and toolkit, This Talk Isn’t Cheap: Women of Color and White Women Attorneys Find Common Ground, was released in late October. These new materials, available at https://ambar.org/guidedconversations, address communication barriers among white women lawyers and women lawyers of color that impede the progress of diversity efforts in the legal profession.
The study and report are part of the Guided Conversations Project toolkit consisting of the report, video vignettes, a facilitators’ guide with discussion questions, a run-of-show description for the program, and a bibliography of further resources to help groups of women have conversations on racial dynamics in the workplace. The three recorded video vignettes (“Look in the Mirror,” “A Heavy Sense of Resignation,” and “Injury”) feature actress, playwright, teacher, and author Anna Deavere Smith.
The Commission on Women in the Profession also hosted an ABA CLE webinar to introduce the toolkit on November 16, at 1 p.m. EST, This Talk Isn’t Cheap: Guiding Conversations Toward Equity, which was co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. This webinar is available in the CLE Marketplace at https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/ecd/ondemand/406481939.