Just Mercy and Access to Justice 2.0: What Can I Do to Help Confront Systemic Racism?
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2.0 CLE/1.0 Ethics

When: Friday, September 18, 2020
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: Accessible Online (Zoom)
United States
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Just Mercy and Access to Justice 2.0: 
What Can I Do to Help Confront Systemic Racism?

Presented in partnership with ReelTime Creative Learning ExperiencesJLAP and the ISBA CLE Committee

Friday, Sept. 18
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET 

2.0 CLE/1.0 Ethics

Pricing and registration

Early Bird Pricing (through September 8, 2020): $50.00*
Regular Rate Pricing (week of event): $75.00
*A portion of the proceeds will go to fund an honorarium for the participating exonerees.

Please note: Our partners at ReelTime CLE will be overseeing registration and payment. To receive the registration link, please email cle@inbar.org.


About the event

The critically acclaimed 2020 film Just Mercy brings to life the powerful and thought-provoking true story of newly-minted lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice on behalf of innocent people wrongfully convicted. Stevenson’s story of navigating multiple levels of appeal and habeas corpus review, serving the most underserved criminal defendants, and confronting the demons of overt racism and implicit bias presents a perfect catalyst for engaging conversations about the cracks and flaws in our system, and what seemingly “ordinary” lawyers can do about it.

With its honest portrayal of the toll that this kind of work takes on a lawyer, the film also provides a profound opportunity to consider how lawyers can (a) develop greater resilience in the face of adversity, and (b) develop a sustainable passion for doing meaningful work to provide greater access to justice for the underserved. Chris Osborn, JD & Michael Kahn, JD, LPC will provide practical tips and strategies for engaging in this gut-wrenching work without burning out in the process.

To make sure this program is practical and well-informed, we will be joined in this conversation by folks “in the trenches”—not only those who have been doing the work, but also some of the grateful clients who have benefitted from it. 

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What you'll learn

Participants in this live webinar will be encouraged and equipped to:

  1. Identify implicit biases and understand how they operate, as well as the settings and circumstances in which they are more likely to show up.
  2. Recognize the hallmarks of systemic racism, and commit to the path of pursuing anti-racism, instead of staying silent and thereby compounding existing problems.
  3. Employ practical tools and strategies for confronting instances of bias and systemic injustices or inequities.
  4. Take practical steps to help providing meaningful access to justice for the chronically disadvantaged and marginalized.
  5. Understand the concept of vicarious trauma, and how to develop effective habits and commitments to sustainable and effective self-care and well-being, no matter what type of law or in what settings they practice.


Who might enjoy this

This lively interactive virtual program will provide practical takeaways and guidance for developing resilience that are applicable for lawyers in all kinds of practice areas and all types of cases.



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