Everyone has biases. It’s natural. While we might recognize our own explicit biases, the unconscious nature of implicit bias makes them easier to ignore. Unfortunately, ignoring our implicit biases impacts not only our practice success, but our entire life and reputation.
When we are able to recognize our own biases, and those of others, we can be in control of changing systematic biases within our workplace and society, removing processes that support only one set of particular outcomes. This, in turn, ensures we are doing our part as lawyers to level the playing field.
This program will support you to learn:
- How to identify and address implicit biases of any kind among yourself, your staff, colleagues, clients, and vendors regardless of the size of your firm/practice.
- Actionable, concrete strategies and tips to address and minimize these biases.
- How to turn these biases into a diversity model that will help you grow your practice and firm into a renowned leader in equalizing society.
- How to bring this change in perspective to any institution.
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Katy Goshtasbi is a branding, diversity and growth expert and founder of Puris Consulting. She works with law firms, lawyers and organizations on growing with diversity, in size and profits, by mastering change and developing brands that get their message out effectively and ethically. The results include happier, more productive lawyers, reduced stress, attracting better clients and more revenues. Katy practiced securities law for over 14 years at the US Securities & Exchange Commission, on Capitol Hill, in a major law firm and in-house. She has written two books on the subject matter, one for the ABA. She was the 2018-2019 Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division and 2020-2021 Chair of the Division's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janice Walshok has experience primarily in the fields of personal injury, including wrongful death, product liability, and insurance bad faith. She had the distinct honor of serving as a judicial extern for the Honorable John A. Houston for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Janice has successfully tried several jury trials, argued before the Second District Court of Appeal, and prevailed at the Ninth Circuit in upholding a corporate client’s defense verdict on a motion for summary judgment in a traumatic brain injury case against one of the notable law firms in Los Angeles. She continues to succeed in obtaining early resolutions for her clients by way of summary judgment, motions to strike, and other dispositive motions.
Janice was nominated for the 2017 Best of the Bar and selected to Super Lawyers’ 2015-2020 San Diego Rising Stars list, which is a recognition that is bestowed on less than 2.5% of all attorneys. Recently, she was recognized among the 2023 Best Lawyers in America for her work in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. Janice was a Board Member of San Diego Defense Lawyers from 2015-2017. In 2017, Janice presented before the San Diego Defense Lawyers regarding how to attack and prove the reasonable value of plaintiff’s medical expenses in personal injury cases post Howell v. Hamilton Meats. Janice Walshok is a graduate of University of California, San Diego (B.A. Political Science, 2005) and California Western School of Law (J.D., 2008) where she was a recipient of the Dean’s
Scholarship. She was born in Oklahoma City but raised in Hawaii. She lives in San Diego where she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.