The Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession is a required course in California. California is one of the few states with a mandatory bias and discrimination MCLE requirement. In many other states, courses dealing with bias and discrimination in the legal system qualify for legal ethics credit.
Instead of lawyers in firms arguing about whether there is in fact anything “wrong” at their firm that needs correcting, they now discuss how improving their representation of women and minorities may enhance their business. That debate is usually a far less controversial one since, not surprisingly, it is easier for lawyers to reach a consensus about activities aimed at enhancing revenue and profits as opposed to achieving social justice.
While the main rationale used to justify and advance diversity in law firms used to be moral, now it’s the bottom line that is driving the push. Because of an expanded client base, it now makes economic sense to promote diversity within your firm. Further, some Fortune 500 companies have demanded that the law firms they employ become more diverse – and they have fired them when they didn’t comply.
While this may be a required course for some, many attorneys and people inside the legal profession view it as an important topic. Attorney Credits has worked with a number of excellent practitioners to produce insightful CLE courses on this topic. We are proud of our wide selection of bias and discrimination courses that we offer attorneys around the country.
- Bias & Discrimination in the Legal Profession – What Can Be Done?
- Eliminating Biases You Never Knew You Had
- Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession
- Elimination of Bias in the Legal System
- The Elimination of Bias & Promotion of Diversity in the Legal Profession