Get Rid of the BS: How Bias Synapse is Holding Back Your Law Firm

Learn how to create cohesiveness within your law firm and foster innovation by tackling racial bias through the lens of humanity.

Did you know racial bias is a significant roadblock to creating cohesiveness and fostering innovation at your law firm? The truth is, racism and biases exist in every aspect of life, including the workplace.

As thousands march in worldwide solidarity protests against racial injustice and systemic racism, one thing has become clear: Racism is a moral, human issue.

How do you navigate these complex issues with colleagues, while working together to provide a client-centered experience?

To help you unpack the bias in your law firm, build authentic relationships with each other, and cultivate innovation, we’re enlisting the help of internationally renowned diversity, inclusion, and bias expert Risha Grant.

Risha Grant, an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and educational and motivational speaker, will be leading a virtual workshop hosted by Nefra MacDonald—Clio’s Affinity Programs Manager—to tackle these deeply complicated topics.

In this special 90-minute event, you will learn:

  • The basics of diversity and inclusion and the concept of bias synapse (BS)
  • How to be aware of your biases and realize how they may have originated
  • How to recognize the systems and results of bias
  • How to address bias internally and externally
  • How to navigate the “hot spots” of workplace diversity

Duration: 60 minutes with 30 minutes of live Q&A

Here’s an overview of our interactive event:

  • 9 a.m. PDT | Introduction
  • 9:05 a.m. PDT | Workshop on Bias
  • 10.05 a.m. PDT | Q & A from Audience

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Risha Grant

Speaker: Risha Grant

Edgy, educational and motivational speaker, author Risha Grant is an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert. She covers these topics as NBC KJRH TV News 2 for You community correspondent and host of the JustUs series, through her Tulsa World column, Risha Talks, as a contributor to Black Enterprise Magazine, in her book, That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and her corresponding “BS” Video Series. She has motivated and educated numerous corporations, associations and universities and led them to a new place of respect and understanding. These audiences have included Discover Card Financial Services, Samsung Electronics America, Cox Communications, Wells Fargo, USAA Diversified Financial Group, Boy Scouts of America, U.S. Airforce, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, University of Oklahoma and Roger Williams University, to name a few.

Nefra MacDonald

Moderated by: Nefra MacDonald | Affinity Programs Manager, Clio

Having worked in legal for over a decade, Nefra understands the pain points that affect legal professionals, and she uses her experience to help lawyers streamline processes and run better businesses. A graduate of the University of Miami, Nefra is a passionate speaker about legal technology, attorney health and wellness, and other topics relevant to legal professionals.

Hosted by

Joshua Lenon

Joshua Lenon | Lawyer in Residence, Clio

Joshua Lenon is the Lawyer in Residence at Clio. An attorney admitted to the New York Bar, Joshua brings legal scholarship to the conversations happening both within Clio and with its customers. Joshua has worked extensively to educate lawyers on technology’s capability to enhance their practice, while also teaching tech companies about the unique needs of the legal system.

Janine Sickmeyer

Janine Sickmeyer | CEO and Founder of NextChapter

Janine is CEO and Founder of NextChapter, a web application for attorneys to prepare, manage and file bankruptcy cases online. Janine was honored as one of ABA's Women of Legal Tech 2017 and a Fastcase 50 winner in 2019. As a paralegal, she saw a need for cloud-based bankruptcy software, taught herself to code, built a team of skilled developers and launched NextChapter in 2016.

Mandy Ballinger

Mandy Ballinger | COO of NextChapter

Mandy is NextChapter’s Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for managing daily operations and development. After graduating at the top of her class in the Paralegal Program at Capital Law University, she joined the Chapter 13 Trustee’s Office and worked for 7 years in bankruptcy and foreclosure. Mandy joined NextChapter as the first employee and has grown in her role to become COO.

Hosted by

Joshua Lenon

Joshua Lenon | Lawyer in Residence, Clio

A New York-admitted attorney, Joshua provides legal scholarship to Clio on issues relating to technology, privacy, and lawyers’ ethical duties of competency.

Michelle Blankenship Jordan

Leon Carelli | Chief Technology Officer, Locks Law Firm

Leon Carelli manages varying forensic, eDiscovery, and information technology needs for Locks Law Firm. He also oversees the firm's litigation support department and coordinates projects involving data analytics.

William Large

William Large| Partner, Cara Stone

For more than 20 years, Large has litigated in federal and state courts throughout the United States on matters such as antitrust, environmental pollution, and securities. He served as a Member of Lead Counsel team and Chairman for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Discovery Group during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation.

Will Delgado

Will Delgado| Partner, Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP

Will’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, class actions, and complex business litigation. An expert in developing areas of law, Will frequently litigates and lectures on issues of first impression throughout the United States.

Hosted by

Jack Newton

Jack Newton| CEO, Clio
As the CEO and Co-founder of Clio—a multi-award winning company—Jack Newton is a pioneer in cloud-based legal technology and a nationally recognized writer and speaker on the security, ethics and privacy issues surrounding legal cloud computing. He is also the co-founder and President of the Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA), author of the bestselling book, The Client-Centered Law Firm, and has been recognized as EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Named a 2019 Fellow to the College of Law Practice Management, Jack sits on the board of ROSS Intelligence, an AI-powered legal research provider, and is an investor and advisor to early-stage legal tech startups.

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Doug Edmunds

Principal, DBE Technology Consulting

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