LEADING DIFFERENTLY ACROSS DIFFERENCE: A National Conference on Training Lawyers as Leaders

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LEADING DIFFERENTLY ACROSS DIFFERENCE
A National Conference on Training Lawyers as Leaders

Friday, November 8, 2019 | 8:45 a.m.-7 p.m.

Association of the Bar of the City of New York
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY


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This program qualifies for 4 CLE credits in Ethics and 3 CLE credit in *Diversity and inclusion for nontransitional attorneys.


Featuring

“Facing the Challenge”
Anthony Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School of Law

and

“Crosscurrents of Leadership Challenges and Some Suggested Practices and Programs”
Tirien Steinbach, Chief Program Officer, ACLU of Northern California

Co-Sponsors

New York State Unified Court System

Morrison & Foerster

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Abraham J. Gross ’78 Conference and Lecture Fund

Association of American Law Schools Leadership Section

Brooklyn Law School

Columbia Law School

CUNY School of Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Fordham Law School

Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law at Cardozo School of Law

NYU School of Law Center for Race, Inequality and the Law

Conference Planning Committee

Doug Blaze, Dean Emeritus, Art Stolnitz and Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law, and Director of the Institute for Professional Leadership, University of Tennessee College of Law
Akilah Folami, Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Garry Jenkins, Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Susan R. Jones, Professor of Clinical Law, The George Washington University School of Law
Donald J. Polden, Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law, and Directorof the Center for Global Law and Policy, Santa Clara University School of Law
Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford Law School
Susan Sturm, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and Founding Director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change, Columbia Law School
Leah Jackson Teague, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Baylor University School of Law
Anthony Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School of Law
Ellen Yaroshefsky, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Conference Overview

The legal profession and law schools exist in a time of profound changes in the culture and in lawyering across various fields. This conference asks and seeks to provide answers to the questions: How do we promote leadership training in law schools in a more inclusive and forward-thinking manner? How do the profession and the academy confront the need to develop cultural competence; deal with gender, race and other identities affecting full participation; and address generational differences? Why have we not done better in equity and inclusion?

These questions call for navigating a set of tensions that must be addressed as part of both lawyer-leadership development generally and building the capacity to navigate across difference. Law may be reactive, but leadership is proactive. Lawyers learn to be risk averse, but leadership requires risk-taking. These, among the many tensions of legal training, present profound challenges to a profession that must drill down to learn to promote skills and competencies necessary to enable the next generation to confront the challenges facing the profession and the democracy.

Program


8-8:45 a.m. | Breakfast


8:45-9 a.m. | Welcome

Ellen Yaroshefsky, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics


9-9:30 a.m. | Facing the Challenge

Anthony Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School of Law

  • Why leadership training is necessary and what it means in a diverse world.
  • What is leadership training regarding equity and inclusion?
  • Academy training compared with the profession’s attention to leadership.
  • The Challenge: Making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meaningful in Leadership Training in the Academy and the Profession.

9:30-10 a.m. | The Paradox of Legal Training and Leadership

A conversation between Susan Sturm and Akilah Folami
Susan Sturm, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and Founding Director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change, Columbia Law School
Akilah Folami, Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law


10-10:15 a.m. | Coffee Break

Panel Discussions
The following panels will be interactive, with a moderator posing questions and engaging in conversation with four panelists. Each panel will acknowledge that each of these discussions intersects with issues on the other ones.


10:15-11:30 a.m. | I. Implementation of Equity and Diversity Challenges in the Practice of Law

This panel will address the fundamental question of why it is so difficult to diversify the profession. Why don’t we do better in leadership around equity and inclusion? They will address:

  • What are the challenges that you face as a leader in your firm/organization to address equity and inclusion?
  • How are challenges in equity and inclusion magnified by other challenges?
  • How have you addressed the learning curve?
  • What has worked and what has not?
  • Where did you get the information to help you solve the learning-curve problem?
  • What would have helped you to have been exposed to in law school?

Moderator
Heidi Brooks,
Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

Panelists
Shannon Cumberbatch,
Director of Hiring, Diversity & Community Engagement; Staff Attorney, The Bronx Defenders
Anurag Gupta, Founder and CEO, BE MORE
Brad Karp, Chairman, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Rosevelie Márquez Morales, East Coast Diversity Director, Sidley Austin


11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | II. Academics in an Era of Change

What can law schools do to integrate equity and inclusion into “leadership” and promote leadership training? This will include discussion of admissions, faculty, teaching and assessment.

  • What have you tried?
  • What has worked well and what has been more challenging?
  • Interaction of equity and inclusion challenges with other issues.

Moderator
Ann Cammett, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law

Panelists
Susan R. Jones, Professor of Clinical Law, The George Washington University Law School
Degna Levister, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, CUNY School of Law
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean and Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Song Richardson, Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law


1-1:45 p.m. | Luncheon Talk: Crosscurrents of Leadership Challenges and Some Suggested Practices and Programs

Introduction
Leah Jackson Teague, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Baylor University School of Law

Presentation
Tirien Steinbach, Chief Program Officer, ACLU of Northern California


Panel Discussions
The following afternoon panels will necessarily have overlap because they address interrelated issues.

2-3:15 p.m. | III. Leadership in Cross-Cultural Competencies: Race and Ethnicity

The goal of this panel is to drill down into the particular competencies necessary for effective leadership. This includes implicit-bias training, issues across ethnicities, and a range of specific examples to spark discussion of difficulties in leadership training across race and ethnicity.

  • Experiences of growth through “learning to be uncomfortable”
  • Differing competencies by race and ethnicity
  • How to do it?
  • What has been successful?
  • What have you tried that has been very difficult or unsuccessful?

Moderator
Charlene Sinclair, Founding Director, Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy (C-RRED)

Panelists
Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, Rutgers Law School S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
Judge Julie Bernard, First Justice, Massachusetts District Court, and Chair, Commission on Judicial Conduct
Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Vincent M. Southerland, Executive Director, Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU Law


3:15-4:30 p.m. | IV. Leadership and Gender — Women, LGBTQA, Race and Gender Issues

  • Experiences of growth through “learning to be uncomfortable”
  • What has been successful?
  • What have you tried that has been very difficult or unsuccessful?
  • What are the obstacles to more women in leadership? LGBTQA?

Moderator
Catherine Albisa, Executive Director, National Economic Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)

Panelists
Swethaa Ballakrishnen, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Carrie H. Cohen, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
Aisha Greene, Director of Attorney Development and Training, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Cecelia Loving, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, New York City Fire Department
Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford Law School


4:30-4:45 p.m. | Break


4:45-5:45 p.m. | V. Leadership Across Generations — Millennials and Gen X

This conversation between millennials, Generation X, and organizational leaders includes discussion of work direction, work-life balance, mindfulness, student debt, cultural differences among generations.

Moderator
Janet Sabel, Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer, The Legal Aid Society

Panelists
Renée Hatcher, Director of the Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic and Assistant Professor, The John Marshall Law School
Jaclyn Quiles, Investigative Attorney, Office of the Inspector General to the NYPD, New York City Department of Investigation
Amol Sinha, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union–NJ
Maya Kouassi, Juris Doctor Candidate, CUNY Law BLSA President, 2019-2020, and CUNY Law Review Staff Editor, 2019-2020, CUNY School of Law


6-7 p.m. | Cocktail Reception and Final Remarks


CLE Materials

Resources for Leading Differently Across Difference
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
November 8, 2019

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education (CLE) in the state of New York. New York CLE credits are available to satisfy the mandatory, transitional/nontransitional requirements for attorneys attending the program. Lawyers admitted in jurisdictions other than New York should check with those jurisdictions to determine CLE requirements in their states.

For more information regarding CLE please contact Judith Black at 516-463-6889.

Books

  • Anthony C. Thompson, Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead (2018)
  • Deborah Rhode, Lawyers as Leaders (2013)
  • Stacey Abrams, Lead From the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change (2019)

Advancing Leadership in the Legal Profession Symposium:

  1. Donald Polden, Lawyers, Leadership, and Innovation, 58 Santa Clara L. Rev. 427 (2019)
  2. Barry Z. Posner, Leadership Development in Law Schools: Myths, Principles, and Practices, 58 Santa Clara L. Rev. 399 (2019)
  3. Deborah L. Rhode, Preparing Leaders: The Evolution of a Field and the Stresses of Leadership, 58 Santa Clara L. Rev. 411 (2019)
  4. Rachel F. Moran, The Three Ages of Modern American Lawyering and the Current Crisis in the Legal Profession and Legal Education, 58 Santa Clara L. Rev. 453 (2019)
  5. R. Lisle Baker, Character and Fitness for Leadership: Learning Interpersonal Skills, 58 Santa Clara L. Rev. 525 (2019)
  6. Douglas A. Blaze, Law Student Motivation, Satisfaction, and Well-Being: The Value of a Leadership and Professional Development Curriculum, 58 Santa Clara L. Rev. 547 (2019)
  7. Neil Hamilton, Leadership of Self: Each Student Taking Ownership Over Continuous Professional Development/Self-Directed Learning, 58 Santa Clara L. Rev. 567 (2019)
  8. Louis D. Bilionis, Law School Leadership and Leadership Development for Developing Lawyers, 58 Santa Clara L. Rev. 601 (2019)
  9. Leah Witcher Jackson Teague, Training Lawyers for Leadership: Vitally Important Mission for the Future Success (And Maybe Survival) of the Legal Profession and Our Democracy, 58 Santa Clara L. Rev. 633 (2019)

Other articles

Selected articles on Race and Ethnicity in Leadership Training in the Profession

Selected Articles on Gender and the Legal Profession

Books

  • Deborah Rhode, Women and Leadership (2013)

Articles

Students as Leaders

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