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ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference

EJC Code of Conduct

The ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference planners are committed to facilitating a welcoming and respectful community for all. This Conference Code of Conduct sets the standard of conduct expected of all attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff, and volunteers at the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference. We empower all participants in our community to actively engage in creating a friendly and safe environment for all.


The ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. This code of conduct sets the expectation that all participants will actively work to create a safe, welcoming inclusive environment that strictly prohibits discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.


This Code of Conduct applies to all aspects of ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference activities where individuals’ behavior affects the ability of others to participate. This includes conference sessions, planning meetings, informal side meetings associated with the conference, social platforms, email discussion lists, and other related interactions. This Code of Conduct applies to all participants, including attendees, conference staff, exhibitors, scholarship recipients, speakers, vendors, and volunteers.

Standard of Conduct

The ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference seeks to offer a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for learning and sharing, guided by the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values can only thrive in an environment that is free from harassment, sexual harassment, and discriminatory behavior. 

Behavior that is expected and encouraged:

  • Be kind and considerate: Respect each person and approach every personal interaction with common courtesy.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: Be mindful of others around you to ensure a great experience for your fellow participants.
  • Behave appropriately: Refrain from displaying any demeaning, harassing, aggressive, or intimidating materials or behavior. Use welcoming and inclusive language and be respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences.
  • Be professional: Behave in a professional manner. Each attendee is responsible for their own behavior and actions.
  • Respect property: Do not damage private or communal property.
  • Follow the rules: Obey the rules and regulations.
  • Report inappropriate behavior: Promptly report any behavior that makes you or others feel uncomfortable to designated EJC staff.

Inappropriate Behavior

Behavior that is inappropriate includes but is not limited to:

  • Discrimination, including unfavorable or disparate treatment toward others because of any aspect of their identity, appearance, or protected class.
  • Harassment and harassing behavior, including use of epithets or slurs, derogatory or hostile comments, repeated attempts to make contact, or any behavior that interferes with another person’s participation in the conference.
  • Sexual harassment, including use of sexual images, jokes of a sexual or gendered nature, or any unwelcome contact of a sexual nature in any medium.

Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior

Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. If you are asked to stop behaving inappropriately, you should comply immediately. If you see or are the target of inappropriate behavior or language, please email the conference planners and we will take appropriate action to ensure the event maintains a safe and constructive environment. Please include your name, what behavior you witnessed and where the behavior took place.

The consequences of such behavior may include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Attendee will be immediately removed from the event.
  • Inappropriate content will be removed.
  • Access to future ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference events will be limited/denied.