Thinking like a lawyer – explicitly and carefully reviewing the acts and the law – is the bedrock of legal professional success. But, everyone is influenced by our unconscious responses to the information we receive. To represent clients professionally and zealously in today’s world, lawyers must understand the impacts of implicit thinking in the legal context.
The HBA is offering two CLE program tracks to provide awareness, suggested practice tips and techniques for navigating assumptions and implicit bias when negotiating, advocating, defending, mediating and interacting with clients and colleagues. These courses were developed as a practice-enhancement tool to help attorneys and legal professionals.
Registration is closing soon for Track 2 courses!
"Maximizing Your Practice in the 21st Century"
with Arcing Toward Justice
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201 – Influencing Decision-Making in Practice
Register for the two-part class, June 15 and June 22
301 – Improving Your Firm's Financial Success: The Business Benefits of Hiring and Retaining an Inclusive Attorney Workforce (Litigation and Transactional Practice)
Register for the class, July 20
About Track 2
In accordance with the Texas Lawyer’s Creed that “the conduct of a lawyer should be characterized at all times by honesty, candor and fairness,” the HBA is pleased to be able to bring the expertise of Arcing Toward Justice to Houston to explore the presence and impacts of biases in all areas of legal practice. This track offers basic training, advanced training, and 3 Master Classes in litigation, transactions, and an inclusive legal workforce.
Like the specialized curriculum offered in Track 1, our Track 2 presenters are nationally known authors and presenters, whose work is grounded in the research to bring best practices and proven strategies to our Houston legal community. The actual presentations, in 1.25 hour instructional blocks (with .75 hours for Q&A), are engaging and interactive. Sessions will include video, interactive call and respond, polls, and breakouts. This quality programming will take us well beyond the one-hour presentation model to learning best practice strategies and the science which grounds them.
“As lawyers, we make decisions every day for someone else. While gathering information related to the decision-making process, we must gather all the evidence pertinent to the issue in front of us, including our own biases, misperceptions, and prejudices.”
— Judge R.K. Sandill, 127th District Court and Member of the HBA’s Implicit Bias Task Force
Thank you to our sponsors
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Muhammad S. Aziz
The Hon. R.K. Sandill
The Hall Law Group, PLLC
The Hon. Kyle Carter
Reed Smith LLP
The Hon. Mike Engelhart
Scott Patton PC
For more information about the HBA Implicit Bias Program, including scholarships and sponsorship opportunities, contact Ashley Gagnon Steininger at email@example.com.