Diversity training is an extremely valuable investment for your attorneys and your law firm. Lawsuits for sexual harassment, racial discrimination, gender discrimination, hostile work environments are now endemic to the legal system. Investing in discrimination training for your lawyers and staff allows you to limit and often prevent prejudice lawsuits from developing. While the “costs” issue is relevant, there are other benefits that derive from good diversity education. These include better morale, less absenteeism, and feelings of belonging and commitment. Addressing issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia through prejudice education that is aimed at prejudice reduction is best accomplished with a diverse staff that is experienced, exemplifies diversity, and has an excellent track record. The staff for Diversity Training for Lawyers has had extensive experience, including working with district attorneys.
Prices vary with the size of the organization in training, as well as the demographics of those participating in the training. Call us at 310.825.4424 to discuss specifics.
Level 1: Four hour workshop
This diversity training is aimed at ensuring that participants understand legal compliance with the laws involving sexual harassment and racial discrimination, and awareness of the the ways in which these laws can be subtly violated. This awareness can help break down barriers caused by bias and stereotypes.
Level 2: All day workshop
This level of discrimination training, in addition to achieving the goals of the Level 1 training, will accomplish the following:
- enhance the skills necessary to communicate across differences
- improve awareness of specific diversity issues
- create an atmosphere conducive to open and safe discussion of diversity topics
- inclusion and effective team building
Level 3: Long-term corporate culture changes.
This involves an ongoing commitment by your firm to develop a corporate culture about acceptance and inclusion. It also involves our staff meeting with your firm’s staff to develop a tailored strategy for the unique needs of your firm. It involves but is not limited to:
- Commitment by senior staff to explain the reasons for diversity training.
- Communication about the business case for diversity
- Assessment of the diversity performance of your organization.
- Developing a diversity strategy that includes recruitment, retention, and ongoing assessment.
- Deciding who is responsible for implementing the diversity strategy
- Developing criteria for evaluating the strategy.
The staff at Diversity Training for Lawyers will also provide remedial sessions for personnel who intentionally or inadvertently create problems as necessary. This will require a separate contract.