Date/Time: Monday, September 16, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 1800 M Street, NW

6:00 – 6:05 p.m.        Welcome and Introductions. 

6:05 – 7:05 p.m.        The Ethics Requirements Surrounding Implicit Bias, Discrimination and Accusations of Misconducts

The panelists will discuss ethical issues and guidance you should consider when dealing with the important issues of implicit bias, discrimination and accusations of misconduct. The following topics will be discussed:

  • The terms of Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4 and its guidance on implicit bias and discrimination.
  • ABA and other state bar decisions and opinions on this issue including reporting requirements.
  • The role of Rule 8.3
  • Fiduciary Responsibility to Law Firm and Colleagues
  • Practical Challenges

Hilary Gerzhoy, Associate, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP
Melissa Newman, VP of External Affairs and General Counsel, Transit Wireless

7:05 – 7:15 p.m.         Break

7:15 – 8:15 p.m.        Addressing and Managing Risk
The experts will discuss the requirements practical guidance for dealing with the issues raised by the first panel.  The following topics will be discussed:

  • Proactive Measures
    • Staff/Manager Trainings
    • Leadership/HR Trainings
    • The importance of thoughtful, compliant policies and procedures
  • Managing Allegations
    • Internal investigations
    • Attorney Client Relationship/Confidentiality issues
    • Risk assessments and disciplinary measures
  • The Aftermath
    • Managing complainants, harassers, and morale
  • Case studies

Sadina Montani, Shareholder, VedderPrice


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