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Thursday, December 7 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Implicit Bias in the Workplace: Managing Skepticism, Belief, and Micro-Aggressions

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As we gain a deeper understanding of how implicit biases operate on a daily basis in civil legal aid practice, we see that how a lawyer responds with either skepticism or belief to a client's case, or to his/her colleagues who may be different from her/him/them, can affect the quality of representation as well as office interaction and morale. Add to that the need for increased understanding of the impact micro-aggressions can have on staff who are diverse. Supervisors may see that a staff attorney disbelieves clients consistently when they are of a different race or ethnicity. Alternately, supervisors themselves may react poorly or are ill-prepared to address staff experiencing and sharing about micro-aggressions in the workplace. We will help participants gain a better understanding of how implicit bias triggers skepticism and belief and how to best handle micro-aggressions against themselves, their colleagues, and their clients. We will focus on the role of bystanders in acts of microaggressions. This workshop will be interactive and include role plays relevant to legal services attorneys.


Tanya Douglas

Director, Disability Advocacy Project & Coordinator, Veterans Justice Project, Legal Services NYC
Tanya Douglas is the director of the Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) and Veterans Justice Project coordinator at Manhattan Legal Services (MLS), a program of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC). Tanya is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School an
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of NE New York
Lillian M. Moy became the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. in 1995. She is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. She is a former member of the Board of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association
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Milo Primeaux

LGBT Rights Attorney, Empire Justice Center
Milo Primeaux, Esq., is a queer, transgender man and long-time transgender rights advocate. As the LGBT rights staff attorney at Empire Justice Center in Rochester, NY, Milo provides direct legal services, cultural competency and substantive legal trainings, and policy advocacy to... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Congressional Ballroom B Ballroom Level