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Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago

Learn why diversity is not only right but profitable!   


This presentation shows the overall value of diversity to a law firm and how to achieve it.  Learn about the importance of having diversity on a litigation team, why diverse litigation teams get better results, and how to successfully incorporate your firm’s diversity initiatives in a pitch to corporate counsel.  Gain valuable information about client development from both corporate counsel and attorneys from small and mid-sized firms. This presentation features actual pitches from two outside litigation attorneys (one small firm and one mid-sized firm) based on a mock employment lawsuit. Following this program, attendees will better understand:

  • The cultural bias and gaps in the legal profession;
  • The direct and indirect costs to everyone as a result;
  • How increased and focused training in diversity can promote a profession respectful of the perspectives and experiences present in an increasingly multicultural society;
  • The need for increased diversity training for lawyers;
  • The ethical considerations that give rise in the face of cultural bias and stereotyping;
  • The value of diversity to a law firm;
  • The positive impacts of a diverse litigation team upon a jury;
  • How to build a litigation team that reflects a commitment to diversity; and
  • Much more!


Program Moderators:

Jaz Park, Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, Chicago

Ernesto R. Palomo, Locke Lord LLP, Chicago

Program Information
Program Date:
June 22, 2017
Perfect Pitch: Hitting the Right Diversity Notes and Ethical Considerations
Speaker Information
Kristy Gonowon  [ view bio ]
Cristina Nutzman  [ view bio ]
Pamela L. Pierro  [ view bio ]
Ernest Tuckett  [ view bio ]
Gary Zhao  [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.75
Including Diversity and Inclusion Professional Responsibility MCLE credit: 0.75
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