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October 26, 2020

Philadelphia Bar Association Events to Inspire Critical Conversations about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Upcoming CLE webcasts will focus on cultural humility and cultural competence and racial justice and equity.

As issues of diversity, equity and inclusion take on greater urgency, the Philadelphia Bar Association is holding two upcoming continuing legal education webcasts designed to provide relevant training in cultural competency and humility, and spur critical conversations about racial justice and equity.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Association will present, "Thoughts and Actions That Matter: Training in Cultural Humility/Competency and Discussions of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion," a continuing legal education webcast designed to give a greater understanding of your interactions with people of diverse backgrounds and strategies for being mindful of your own biases. The session will also feature an open discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion and why it matters, showing how these issues impact your clients, your practice and your personal life.

"It is very important for our legal community to engage in conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion, as we are a community of people uniquely situated to have an immediate and significant impact on the lives of others. This is both an enormous responsibility and a great honor," says Kristine L. Calalang, a member of the board of governors, co-chair of the solo and small firm management committee and chair of the family law section's diversity committee, which organized the Oct. 27 program.

The program's moderator will be Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Stella M. Tsai and panelists include Tamara L. Wilson, director of diversity, equity and inclusion and Chester County program manager for CASA Youth Advocates serving Chester and Delaware Counties, Iveliz R. Crespo, global diversity and inclusion advisor at Reed Smith LLP, Marcel S. Pratt, Philadelphia City Solicitor, and Nicole F. Seawright, director of professional development, diversity and inclusion for the City of Philadelphia Law Department.

Additionally, on Thursday, Nov. 12, the Association will present "Justice for All: Then, Now and Where Do We Go from Here," an afternoon symposium and continuing legal education program that will focus on the relevance of racial justice, equity and inclusion, and address historical and ongoing systemic racism, discrimination, micro-aggressions and intolerance.

The program will address steps the legal community can take to move the needle during this time of increased urgency and how we can stand together to further equality.

Moderators will be Sozi Pedro Tulante, former solicitor for the City of Philadelphia and partner at Dechert LLP, and Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons. Panelists include Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr., former chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the City of Philadelphia; Albert S. Dandridge, III, chief diversity officer and chair, securities practice group, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Cherri Gregg, community affairs reporter KYW Radio, Phoebe A. Haddon, chair, board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; Richard R. Harris, shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.; retired U.S. Circuit Judge Timothy K. Lewis, Judy Lubin, founder and president , Center for Urban and Racial Equity (CURE), U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, and former Court of Common Please Judge Kathryn Streeter-Lewis.

The Nov. 12 program is being offered at a reduced price of half the standard four-hour CLE/CJE program, at $75 for Philadelphia Bar Association members and $95 for non-members.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Thoughts and Actions That Matter: Training in Cultural Humility/Competency and Discussions of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

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Thursday, Nov. 12

Justice for All: Then, Now and Where Do We Go from Here

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