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Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession


Learn about implicit bias in law firms and strategies to combat bias for an inclusive environment.

Let's face it: discussing discrimination and bias is often uncomfortable. However, it is a topic that cannot be ignored. If you are dedicated to having a law firm free of bias or want to make sure that your firm makes employment decisions in an unbiased manner, this program is for you. This course will teach you about implicit bias and how it manifests itself in law firms. It will also discuss intersectionality, the theory that the presence of more than one affinity status can negatively impact an employee when they are subjected to bias. Then, the material will review the role of effective anti-bias training and policies. Next, this course will teach how bias can translate into legal causes of action and show how these lawsuits have affected certain law firms. Finally, we will talk about strategies law firms can implement to cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusion and to eliminate bias.



Cheyne R. Scott

Cheyne R. Scott

Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC

  • Partner, Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC
  • Civil litigation attorney focusing her practice on governmental entity representation, labor and employment law, and represents individuals, municipalities, counties, authorities, and school boards in various litigation and compliance matters
  • Conducts anti-harassment, discrimination, and anti-bias training for public and private entities; also conducts harassment and discrimination investigations for public and private entities
  • Conducts regular seminars concerning labor and employment law, including but limited to Title VII, the Civil Rights Act, Whistle-blower Act, Equal Pay Act, and restrictive covenants
  • Has also conducted seminars and written about the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace; her article “The Evolution of Diversity Training and Impact of Unconscious Bias on the Legal Profession” was published in the August 2018 issue of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine; regularly conducts seminars regarding mindfulness and well-being in the legal profession; her article “Mindfulness: A Simpler Way to Alleviate Attorney Stress” was published in the July/August 2017 issue of the American Bar Association GPSOLO Magazine, a national publication
  • Active member of the New Jersey State Bar, serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section, as well as the Diversity Committee; member of the Garden State Bar Association and serves as co-chair of its Labor and Employment Committee; member of the Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court, the first American Inn of Court devoted exclusively to Labor and Employment Law advocacy; and also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., a service organization
  • Licensed in New Jersey and Michigan
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; B.A. degree in political science, Michigan State University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]

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