2017 ABA Midyear Meeting

On  Friday, February 3 we met from 11:45 to 1:15 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, Tenor Room (Ballroom level), 1601 Biscayne Blvd., with the ABA Young Lawyers Division for lunch, a panel presentation and discussion entitled Cross-Generational Collaboration to Conquer Implicit Bias. The program was moderated by Kathleen Nalty, a nationally-recognized authority on implicit bias and author of Going ‘All-In’ on Diversity and Inclusion: The Law Firm Leader’s Playbook. She was joined by Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Stinson Leonard Street, and Robin Wolpert, Minnesota State Bar Association President. 

Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Kathleen Nalty and Robin Wolpert

         From left, Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Kathleen Nalty and Robin Wolpert

Written materials for the luncheon program may be accessed here:

Inclusion Nudges

Unconscious Bias Resource List – Kathleen Nalty Consulting LLC

Strategies for Confronting Unconscious Bias – The Colorado Lawyer – May 2016

After lunch, we joined with the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the ABA Young Lawyers Division in a Diversity Forum, from 2:40 – 3:40 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monroe/Tuttle, Terrace Level. Ray Abadin, past president of the Florida Bar spoke on the subject of implicit gender bias: what is it? Why does it matter? What can be done to approach this very real dynamic in a way that unifies rather than divides?

Also on Friday, February 3, from 2:00 to 4:00, at the JW Marriott Marquis, 5th Floor, Plaza A, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession introduced its latest book: Grit, The Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers, containing new research on grit and growth mindset and 45 letters from women lawyers who used the principles in a variety of legal work environments. In this program grit and growth mindset researcher and author, Milana Hogan, presented research findings and moderated a panel of women attorneys who shared advice and insights about the advancement of their legal careers.