Diverse and Inclusive Trial Teams- They Simply Work Better Together

Event Description

“Where all think alike, no one thinks very much” – Walter Lippman

Research shows that diverse and inclusive teams are more thoughtful, strategic, careful, and innovative. They are smarter. However, the urge to choose colleagues that look like you and have had the same kinds of experiences is immediate and, frankly, consistent with human nature. We are most comfortable with what we are used to, and in most businesses (especially law firms), we have historically been most comfortable with, and most used to seeing, white men in positions of leadership. The benefits of a diverse and inclusive team, however, unquestionably outweigh any initial discomfort.

To achieve the benefits of a diverse trial or litigation team, not only diversity but fostering a genuine sense of being must be part of an organization’s culture and the way it works. When teams commit to diverse and inclusive leadership and membership, they will have a greater likelihood of success. Our panelists will explore how we can build stronger teams and promote and integrate a culture of inclusivity and belonging. When we feel like we can bring our genuine selves to our work, we perform at our best.


Ann Anaya | Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer, AmerisourceBergen
Sheryl Axelrod | President and CEO, The Axelrod Firm, P.C.
Gerardo Alcazar | Partner, Blackwell Burke, P.A.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits | Event Code: 441535


Civil Litigation Section Members: Free*
MSBA Member not in the Civil Litigation Section: $15
Non-MSBA Member: $25
Law Student: FREE

Deadline to register: February 28th, 2022 at 11:00 am. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Kara Haro


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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM