Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Conference 2023

Category: On Demand

Member Price: $200

Non-Member Price: $250

Product Code: ON134023

Areas of Law: Diversity, Labor & Employment

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3 hours of total CLE credit, including 3.0 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: NJ Beginner Diversity : 3.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 3.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 2.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.


Paulette Brown, Esq.
Paulette Brown, Esq., James Island


Stephanie Wilson, Esq.
Reed Smith, LLP, Princeton


A. Scott Bolden, Esq.
Reed Smith, Washington
Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, Esq.
KSBranigan Law P.C., Montclair
Clifford D. Dawkins, Esq.
Dean & Director, Minority Student Program (MSP), Rutgers Law School
Ron McCormick, Esq.
NJSBA Board of Trustees
Assistant Prosecutor, Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Hackensack
Ravi Sattiraju, Esq.
NJSBA Board of Trustees
Sattiraju & Tharney, LLP, East Windsor
Robert T. Szyba, Esq.
Seyfarth Shaw, New York
is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in New York City, where he defends and counsels employers in a wide range of employment-related issues, including background check and Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, “ban the box” issues, prevailing wage requirements, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower retaliation, family and medical leave compliance and interference/retaliation claims, paid sick leave, and discrimination/harassment. He also advises clients on preventive employment counseling, pre-litigation strategy and litigation avoidance, alternate dispute resolution and mandatory arbitration programs, and employment policies and procedures.
nAdmitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, Mr. Szyba serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has been Co-Chair of the Ethics & Professional Responsibility Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section’s Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee.
nMr. Szyba has served on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and as a member of the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s New Jersey Labor & Employment Law Quarterly and has lectured for ICLE, NELA-NJ, the American and New York State Bar Associations, and other organizations.
nMr. Szyba received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Berklee College of Music and his J.D., cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal and a member of Hofstra’s Moot Court Association.

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Labor and Employment Law Section and CARET Legal 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding affirmative action leaves not only higher education, but corporate America, wondering what comes next. The decision’s impact is already being felt by higher education. But its impact is unlikely to stop there, and its ramifications will likely extend into the workplace by raising questions about employment issues; environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts; and the broader culture in companies nationwide.

Now that we have had time to digest the opinions, and have considered various analyses and reactions, join us for this informative conference on what’s next for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the legal profession.

This program will consist of various practitioners from different perspectives discussing the various reasons why Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity is critical in the legal profession. It is important to discuss terminology and issues relevant to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Legal professionals from diverse backgrounds will discuss examples and experiences that demonstrate the benefits and effects of representing clients or presiding over individuals from diverse backgrounds. The panel will also discuss action items and practical tips for representing diverse clients, especially as diverse attorneys.

This program will benefit attorneys who are of races or ethnicities that have been historically marginalized or excluded, as well as all other attorneys who want to be allies of such attorneys and/or who want to be better educated on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession.

Join us for a Cocktail Reception from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Program Agenda:

  • 5:00 - Welcome and Overview
  • 5:15 - Keynote Speaker
  • 5:30 - The Political, Legal, Social and Economic Impact of the Harvard Decision on Higher Education and Employers
  • 6:20 - DEI Programs Before and After the Harvard Decision; Best Practices
  • 7:00 - Closing Questions to All Panelists
  • 7:10 - Questions and Answers
  • 7:30 - Program concludes and Cocktail Reception begins


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