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Side* Bar – Race and Racism in the Practice of – Law Part 1
September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join us Wednesday, September 24, 2020 at 12 noon, when the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee presents: Side* Bar Conversations. This even is co-hosted by the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association and Black Women Lawyers Association.
The first topic gave a framework of how to talk about race and racism, now let’s actually talk about it and identify racism in our own backyards. The conversation will explore the experiences of people of color in legal careers, addressing concepts like microaggressions, code-switching, and unspoken requirements of cultural assimilation; a discussion of the current forms of racism in the legal system, including the impact of past racism on the present; the role of white privilege in legal education, hiring, business development, and practice. Finally, we will address how lawyers of the majority community can play a role in the dynamics discussed.
Book Study: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Homework: Write notes to yourself on how racism exists in the practice of law. Consider personal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism.
Volunteer Activity: Offer mentorship to a minority law student (virtual coffee break)