Rethinking Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Courtroom and Beyond

Event Description

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Join us for an interactive two-hour CLE is entirely focused on deepening lawyers’ understanding about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession and the practice of law. Attendees will be taught the multiple levels of cultural understanding, giving them a framework to interpret their interactions with others in the legal profession and the practice of law. This lesson will highlight how unconscious bias may impact interactions with clients, other attorneys, and others in the legal field. It will also highlight how those biases can affect their practice of law and the administration of justice. Finally, the first lesson will also provide attendees with steps to overcome their biases by moving through the levels of cultural understanding toward unconscious competence. By gaining an understanding of the levels of cultural understanding, attendees will be educated about the prejudice they may place on others in the legal profession, in the practice of law, and in the administration of justice.
Lesson 1 | 12:00-12:55 | Part 1: Rethinking Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This lesson will help attendees understand the multiple levels of cultural understanding and how to use their voice to impact those around them.

Break | 12:55-1:00

Lesson 2 | 1:00-1:30 | Part 2: The Power of Perceptions
This training will build more knowledge of key vocabulary terms and strategies based on how DEI looks, sounds, and feels with applications toward building authenticity through impact over intentions.

Lesson 3 | 1:30-2:00 | Part 3: Who's In the (Court)Room? Our Courageous Conversations About Race. In the final lesson, attendees will learn practical strategies when it comes to racial inclusion. Learn a variety of strategies for dealing with racism and the reality of race in the legal profession. Attendees will develop their own Racial Autobiographies so that they can understand their own internal/personal racial heritage and move beyond the "race blindness" paradigm in order to improve the legal profession.

Jebeh Edmunds is the founder and CEO of Jebeh Cultural Consulting LLC. A wife to Andy Edmunds and mother of two boys, Maxwell & Mateo ages 15 and 12., she was an eighteen-year veteran educator completing her classroom career with the Duluth Public Schools school district. Her skills included being a classroom teacher for ten years and being one of the 2022 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher nominees. Previously, Jebeh was the Director of the African American Cultural Center with the Duluth School District for eight years. Jebeh has given numerous local and regional presentations on diversity, African & African-American heritage, and cultural competency. She is well versed in training effective strategies in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in organizations and has trained dozens of for and not-for-profit organizations. Jebeh has a bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Minnesota Duluth Class of 2002 and a post-bachelor's teaching certificate from the College of St. Scholastica. She graduated with a Master's of Science in Teaching from The College of St. Scholastica in May 2015. She was an Adjunct Professor at The College of Saint Scholastica. She is a proud first generation Liberian American immigrant. Jebeh came to the United States in 1982 on a minor J-2 visa status with her parents, who were escaping the conflict in Liberia by enrolling in graduate programs in the U.S. Her journey to citizenship took nearly 30 years. Her journey in educating others is a lifelong passion.

CLE Credits:  2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits applied for

Civil Litigation Section Member: Free
MSBA Member: $15
Non-Member: $45
New Admittee/Law Student: Free

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Registration Deadline: January 29, 2024. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Program Manager: Kara Haro | | 612-278-6329

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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