This course will discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry, and how smaller firms, despite fewer resources, can still meaningfully participate in DEI efforts that shape the legal profession. Rasmussen Dickey Moore recently established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in which our younger and more diverse attorneys took the lead to develop measurable actions toward building a more inclusive and equitable firm. We will share the lessons learned from that process in hopes of promoting diversity and DEI efforts at our peer firms to create a more representative and equitable industry across the board.
• Develop an understanding of the current state of diversity in the legal industry
• Learn why there is a need to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across the industry
• Learn what can be done at smaller firms to pursue diversity, including how to establish a Diversity Committee and set goals
Speakers: Justin U. Ijei, Rasmussen Dickey Moore, LLC, Kansas City; Sarah Schwartz, Rasmussen Dickey Moore, LLC, St. Louis; and Dillon Williams, Rasmussen Dickey Moore, LLC, St. Louis
FEB 16 | Ryan E. Neal, Berkadia, Clayton
|Addressing Diversity in Small and Mid-Sized Firm Slides (7.8 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Addressing Diversity in Small and Mid-Sized Firm Overview (55.1 KB)||Available after Purchase|
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|Important Information for Attorneys Seeking Kansas Credit (102.8 KB)||Available after Purchase|
Justin joined RDM in 2014, quickly proving himself as a skilled attorney in toxic torts, products liability, commercial litigation, and employment law. He became a member in 2020, was nominated to the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, and received a Diversity and Inclusion Award from Missouri Lawyers Media.
Sarah joined RDM as an Associate Attorney in July 2021. Prior to joining RDM, Sarah worked at a boutique law firm representing crime victims and survivors of abusive acts. From 2017 to 2019, Sarah was an Equal Justice Works fellow and staff attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM), representing low-income veterans and their household members in housing, consumer protection, family, transactional, public benefits, and other cases. During her time at LSEM, Sarah successfully co-counseled and argued a termination of parental rights appeal before the Missouri Court of Appeals, In the Matter of A.R.V. and D.M.V., 561 S.W.3d 817 (Mo. App. E.D. 2018).
While in law school, Sarah participated in the Civil Rights, Community Justice, and Mediation Legal Clinic and the Children’s Rights Clinic. Sarah also served as an Associate Notes Editor for the Washington University Jurisprudence Review. Between college and law school, Sarah worked at the American Constitution Society, a national legal organization which inspired her to pursue her legal education and career.
Sarah loves cooking (especially Italian comfort food), exercising at Orangetheory Fitness, and spending time with her retired working dog, Camden.
Thu, Feb 16, 2023 - 12:00pm to 12:51pm CST
Wed, Mar 15, 2023 - 12:00pm to 12:51pm CDT
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