2021 ABA National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law

Date   Apr 7 - 9, 2021

Dawn Siler-Nixon will be speaking at the 2021 ABA National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law session "Ethical Considerations of Talking About Race in the Workplace".

April 7-9, 2021
3:00 - 4:15 pm

About the Program

The movement toward confronting racism in the workplace is experiencing an upsurge. As a result, more and more employers, union leadership and even employee interest groups are turning to lawyers to advise them on how to have conversations about race and diversity that not only look at “what’s wrong” but also “how to fix it.” Law firms are not immune from these discussions and many have openly expressed support for #BlackLivesMatter and made a commitment to diversity and inclusion within their own offices and the legal profession. This panel will explore how the Model Rules of Professional Conduct guide and control lawyers’ behaviors in interacting with their clients, their opponents and each other. The Preamble to the Model Rules offers strong guidance regarding the obligation of lawyers to serve the public interest and seek justice. Further, Rule 8.4(g) and ABA Formal Opinion 493 provide clear direction regarding the obligation of lawyers to avoid and deter racially biased conduct in their practices. Using the Model Rules as a roadmap, lawyers can advance and foster discussions about race and inclusion in the workplaces, union halls and in their own law offices and address the ethical and moral considerations attendant to those conversations.

About the Event
The 2021 National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, which is presented by the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, will feature programs by panelists representing management, union, employee and government perspectives on hot topics and cutting-edge issues in the field of equal employment opportunity law. 

Topics will include:

  • Racial Justice in the Workplace
  • LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace and Other Implications of Bostock
  • COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Employee Activism: Navigating a New Normal
  • Beyond Diversity: Toward Equity, Inclusion and Justice

The meeting will be held on the Convene virtual meeting platform. In addition to outstanding CLE programming, there will be opportunities to network with fellow EEO practitioners and government agency attorneys throughout the meeting and at the virtual reception.

For more information and to register, click here.