Promoting Diversity and Eliminating Bias within the Legal Profession

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Bias and Discrimination occur in every profession; however, the prevalence in the Legal Profession is all too common, dating back hundreds of years. The profession has become increasingly more diverse, yet continues to remain at the forefront as one of the least diverse professions in the nation. This course aims to provide a background of the different types of Bias and Discrimination that occur, the State and Federal protections currently in place, as well as how practitioners can work together to avoid and eliminate Bias and Discrimination while implementing Diversity and Inclusion throughout the Legal Profession.

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Melissa Holtzer, Esq.

Sokoloff Stern LLP

Practice Area: Employment Law

Melissa Holtzer, Esq. is currently an employment attorney with the firm, Littler Mendelson P.C.  She graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2002 and obtained her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2005. She is admitted to practice law before the New York State courts, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern and Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.Ms. Holtzer began her legal career representing individuals in employment discrimination litigation and other employment-related disputes. She has also represented corporations, municipalities, and school districts ...

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