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The InQuiring Lawyer Dialogue: Bias, Diversity, and Inclusiveness in the Colorado Legal Community – Part I

By Burg Simpson

February 3, 2016  

Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund’s InQuiring Lawyer series has returned to The Colorado Lawyer magazine again this year. In the first of a three-part series, dialogue participants, including judges, lawyers, law professors, law students, a sociologist, CEOs and corporate counsel, and nationally-known bias and diversity experts exchange views in a dialogue format.

Ron’s article series covers three topics, starting with a discussion of implicit (unconscious) bias, asking: What is it? What does it look and sound like? How does it feel to be subject to implicit bias and what effect does it have? If implicit bias is unintentional, is it really bias? Can implicit bias be misidentified and, as a result, misconstrued? Can it be mitigated? The series continues with a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of various diversity-enhancing initiatives, including inquiry into their unintended and, sometimes, negative consequences, and ends with an examination of the inclusiveness movement – an approach that seeks to improve diversity be making law firms and courthouses more inclusive and welcoming, even if their composition doesn’t match perfectly the communities they serve.

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