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When: Thursday May 16, 2019
1:00 PM Registration, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM Seminar
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville
3003 Corporate W Dr
Lisle, Illinois  60532
United States
Contact: Robert Rupp

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What Are We Missing?

A Town Hall Conversation on Diversity and its Impact on the Legal Profession



May 16th, 2019 – Doubletree by Hilton Lisle/Naperville

1:00 pm Registration and 1:15 PM -5:00 PM Seminar

5:30pm-7:30pm Networking/Reception to Follow


Confirmed Co-Sponsors: Arab American Bar of Illinois, Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, Northwest Suburban Bar Association



Hon. Vincent F. Cornelius, Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit (Will County)




 Joseph Flynn
Associate Director for

Academic Affairs
Northern Illinois University

Center for Black Studies

 Jennifer Adams Murphy
Shareholder and Senior Attorney
Wessels Sherman
 Alex Karasik
Seyfarth Shaw LLP



1:00 – 1:15 PM – Welcome and Introductions

1:15 – 2:15 PM – The Past:  Where are we and how did we get here?

Our panel will first discuss the sociological and historical underpinnings of the issue of Diversity.  Time permitting, topics will include:
- The evolution of Social Justice and what it means to be socially just.
- Understanding resistance in the face of social change.
- The impact of implicit bias on law and public policy.

2:30 – 3:30 PM– The Present: How is Diversity shaping the current landscape in the workplace?

Our panel will next turn to a discussion of the issues that overlay Diversity issues on workplace practices, in particular with regard to recruiting, interviewing, hiring, supervision, compensation, and management of attorneys and support staff.  Time permitting, topics will include:
- Employer obligations toward protected employee classes under state and federal law.
- The impact of #MeToo on EEOC initiated litigation and settlements.
- Case law defining race and religious discrimination in the workplace.
- The intersection of privacy regulations and Diversity.

3:45 – 4:45 PM – The Future: Where should we go and how do we get there?

To conclude the day, our panel will share their thoughts and guidance on where we should go, as well as practical ideas for policies and procedures that can be implemented throughout the legal profession by attorneys, law firms, and bar associations to continue to address Diversity individually and collectively. Time permitting, topics will include:
- Reflecting Diversity in recruiting and hiring practices.
- Attorney and support employee training that addresses stereotyping and bias in client and potential client relations.

- Actions to prevent discrimination against a racial minorities

- Structuring compensation to prevent pay equity litigation.

4:45 – 5:15 PM – Closing remarks and summary of takeaways

-        What have we heard that we had not previously considered?

-        What practical steps can we take to implement processes and policies to appreciate and embrace diversity in a just manner

5:30 – 7:30 PM – Networking Reception and DuPage County Bar Association Monthly Social

2 PRMCLE Hours/1 PRMCLE - Diversity & Inclusion (Pending MCLE Board Approval)


$20 DCBA Member & Sponsoring Bar Member

$10 New Admittee/Government Attorney

$45 Non-Member


*Per Our Refund Policy - No Refunds Given After Tuesday May 14th


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