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Upcoming events

    • 03 Mar 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe 107 Cheapside, London
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    The Asian diaspora has resulted in people of Asian ancestry living all over the world, including places where their numbers, regardless how small or large, render them racial minorities. For those of Asian ancestry who choose to pursue a career as a lawyer in a country where they are part of a racial minority, they can encounter additional challenges to entry into the profession and obstacles to accessing professional opportunities and achieving professional success. Lawyers and legal professionals of Asian ancestry in the UK, US, and Canada have been grappling with these issues for decades. Are there commonalities between the experiences of, challenges for, and opportunities available for lawyers and legal professionals of Asian ancestry who are part of the growing diversity in the countries where they and their families have put down roots and now make their homes? Are there lessons we can learn and ways we can begin to support each other professionally?

    Join us as we begin to lay the foundation to learn from and build relationships with other British, American, and Canadian lawyers and legal professionals of Asian ancestry.

    Schedule: 

    8:30 AM                          Registration

    9:00 AM – 5:30 PM         Program


    9:00 AM – 9:05 AM         Opening Remarks: The Vision for British, American, and Canadian Lawyers and Legal Professionals of Asian Ancestry

    9:05 AM – 9:10 AM         Welcome:

                                            Jinal Shah, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    9:10 AM – 9:30 AM         Guest Speaker

    9:30 AM – 10:15 AM       What We Need to Know About Each Other

    This general overview will examine the current ethnic origin demographics of lawyers and legal professionals of Asian ancestry in the UK, US, and Canada. Under discussion will be their general history, particular experiences that have shaped their identities, current challenges, and resources and initiatives so as to provide a general understanding of similarities and differences for lawyers of Asian ancestry in these different countries and lay the foundation for ongoing discussion.

    10:15 AM – 10:25 AM    Break

    10:25 AM – 11:25 AM    Race or Social Mobility?

    Is it race or lack of social mobility that proves the greater challenge for the advancement of lawyers and legal professionals of Asian ancestry within the broader legal profession? In the UK, is it easier to talk about social mobility rather than race? In the US, is race a more comfortable issue for discussion than social mobility? How does comfort with or acceptance of race or social mobility as obstacles to professional advancement and success, and any resultant ability to discuss and address societal barriers, impact Asian lawyers and legal professionals.

    11:25 AM – 12:25 PM     Gender and Asian Lawyers

    The stereotypes of and biases about Asians differs dramatically depending upon gender. How does gender affect the professional opportunities and obstacles that Asian lawyers may encounter? How might Asian lawyers better support each other professionally across any gender divides?

    12:25 PM – 12:30 PM     Break

    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM       Networking Luncheon

    Please take an opportunity to meet others whom you might not know or don’t know well over lunch.

    2:00 PM – 2:05 PM          Break

    2:05 PM – 3:15 PM          Building Bridges Among Lawyers and Legal Professionals of    Different Asian Ethnicities

    The UK, US, and Canada might frequently lump us all together as “Asian,” but we know that there are differences grounded in Asian history, religions, cultures, and assorted other bases. Moreover, we’re not in Asia anymore. While our numbers in the UK, US, and Canada are small enough that there is some logic in uniting under a pan-Asian ancestry identity, how do we do that? How can we build better and stronger bridges among Asian lawyers of different Asian ethnicities and regions.

    3:15 PM – 3:25 PM          Break

    3:25 PM – 4:25 PM          The Professional Advancement of Asian Lawyers and Legal  Professionals

    Why don’t we see more Asian lawyers leading global law firms and corporate law departments? Why aren’t there any or more Asians on the highest courts in the UK, US, and Canada? What can we learn from the experiences of Asian lawyers who have achieved extraordinary degrees of professional success? How can more Asian lawyers replicate that degree of professional success and more?

    4:25 PM – 5:25 PM          Professional Organizations

    What can professional organizations do to support career success for lawyers of Asian ancestry? What does it take to build and sustain professional organizations of Asian lawyers. Can these organizations serve the needs of Asian lawyers in other countries? Should they? Or, is collaboration a better strategy? Join us as we discuss professional organizations for lawyers and legal professionals of Asian ancestry in the UK, US, and Canada.

    5:25 PM – 5:30 PM          Closing Remarks


    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM         Networking Reception



    • 04 Mar 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP
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    GOOD Guys is a program designed to break the impasse in women’s advancement by engaging people who have been missing from the conversation for too long – the GUYS!  It is a model program designed for replication by member organizations. Acting in unison, we can make a bigger impact.

    The National Conference of Women’s Bar Association’s (NCWBA) GOOD Guys Program was born out of a desire to take the message to the masses and engage all attorneys – men and women alike – to be one of the “GOOD Guys” in the fight for gender equity. “GOOD” stands for “Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity,” and “GOOD Guys” include all people who are dedicated to seeing these efforts succeed. Progress in gender and racial diversity in the legal profession has stalled over the last decade. In 2006, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) conducted its first annual survey regarding the retention and promotion of women in law firms, issuing the challenge to the legal community to “[i]ncrease the number of women equity partners, women chief legal officers, and women tenured law professors to at least 30 percent by 2015” (essentially doubling the numbers of that time). In 2015, NAWL issued a failing grade to the legal community, noting that “[f]irms have made no appreciable progress… [as]women still comprise only approximately 18 percent of equity partnership”; the picture is even bleaker for minorities, as women of color make up only 8 percent (or 1 in 25) of equity partners. Traditional diversity programs have failed, and things need to change. Research has repeatedly shown that the key to achieving diversity is to engage men, not blame them, and a number of efforts are based on this principle. We need a program that will bring together all attorneys to increase diversity in the legal community, and more importantly, we need a program that can be replicated across the country by organizations of all types and sizes. This is where the GOOD Guys Program comes in.

    A programme of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations brought to you by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. 

    • 05 Mar 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • Shoosmiths, 2 Colmore Square, 38 Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham B4 6BJ
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    GOOD Guys is a program designed to break the impasse in women’s advancement by engaging people who have been missing from the conversation for too long – the GUYS!  It is a model program designed for replication by member organizations. Acting in unison, we can make a bigger impact.

    The National Conference of Women’s Bar Association’s (NCWBA) GOOD Guys Program was born out of a desire to take the message to the masses and engage all attorneys – men and women alike – to be one of the “GOOD Guys” in the fight for gender equity. “GOOD” stands for “Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity,” and “GOOD Guys” include all people who are dedicated to seeing these efforts succeed. Progress in gender and racial diversity in the legal profession has stalled over the last decade. In 2006, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) conducted its first annual survey regarding the retention and promotion of women in law firms, issuing the challenge to the legal community to “[i]ncrease the number of women equity partners, women chief legal officers, and women tenured law professors to at least 30 percent by 2015” (essentially doubling the numbers of that time). In 2015, NAWL issued a failing grade to the legal community, noting that “[f]irms have made no appreciable progress… [as]women still comprise only approximately 18 percent of equity partnership”; the picture is even bleaker for minorities, as women of color make up only 8 percent (or 1 in 25) of equity partners. Traditional diversity programs have failed, and things need to change. Research has repeatedly shown that the key to achieving diversity is to engage men, not blame them, and a number of efforts are based on this principle. We need a program that will bring together all attorneys to increase diversity in the legal community, and more importantly, we need a program that can be replicated across the country by organizations of all types and sizes. This is where the GOOD Guys Program comes in.

    The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) , the Law Society of England and Wales, and Shoosmiths are pleased to be collaborating with NCWBA to present the Birmingham session of GOOD Guys.

    12:30pm - arrival and networking over lunch

    1:15pm - panel discussion

    3:15pm – networking over tea and coffee

    4pm – end

     



    • 03 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Petco Corporation, 9125 Rehco Rd. San Diego, CA 92121
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    The U.S. legal profession has devoted a great deal of attention to issues of diversity and inclusion within its membership. What has been missing, however, are the coordination, communication, and cooperation needed to stay abreast of trends and developments and to learn about the many different facets of diversity, including the diversity within diversity. The IILP Review seeks to fill that void. It uniquely gathers data, academic research, personal observations, and analysis of current efforts. The Review reflects IILP’s desire to dig into the facts and to provide a forum for candid discussion. 

    This symposium will feature the IILP’s 2019-2020 Review on the State of Diversity and Inclusion with presentations from some of its authors, as well as a roundtable panel discussion about Diversity and Inclusion.

    The IILP Review serves as the focal point for nine symposia that we are presenting around the country so that our profession can discuss these issues in person. We hope that you and others from your organization will join us at these symposia and share your thoughts and insights.

    Each of the symposia on the state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession features:

    • Highlights of the most current data and statistics about diversity within the legal profession;
    • Presentations on "diversity within diversity" and the implications for the legal profession; and,
    • A discussion about the state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

    Please note: exact times, speakers, and agenda are still being confirmed. Please email Jenna Meyers at jenna.meyers@theiilp.com with any time sensitive questions. 

    Agenda and speakers to be posted soon. 


   
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