Lawyering in a Diverse World

Relevant, real-world workshops on issues of diversity to empower future lawyers for a just and humane world

Lawyering in a Diverse World is a series of workshops designed to create awareness and empower you with skills and tools on a variety of issues related to diversity and communication, and give you a competitive edge for effective lawyering in an increasingly diverse and complex world.

Whether your legal career takes you to a solo, large-firm or business practice, you serve as government or civil legal aid lawyer, or you use your legal education to teach or enhance civic leadership or a business career, you will be more successful and effective if you are skilled at working with diverse groups of clients, constituents, colleagues and communities.

The Lawyering in a Diverse World (LDW) series are coordinated with the Access to Justice Institute's Wednesday Workshops.  See below for the Fall 2013 workshops and opportunities.  

Lawyering in a Diverse World Workshops and Opportunities

Session Series: Racial Justice Leadership Institute (RJLI)
September 21, October 3, November 14, January 23, February 20, & April 3
RJLI is a professional development opportunity that is offered to SU law students. Consistent with our mission to educate lawyers to be leaders for a just and humane world, RJLI is designed to foster leadership skills for working in all areas of the profession in ways that resist systems of privilege and oppression. Apply by Friday, September 13, 2013. Click here for more information.  

Panel Event: Why Understanding How to Work with Diverse Communities Matters
Wednesday, September 18 - 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room C-5
Learn from a distinguished panel about how important it is to build skills on working with diverse communities, regardless of where your career may take you. The panelists will give advice about what skills you should build now to make you more employable and a more effective lawyer.

Workshop:  Cross-Cultural Lawyering
Wednesday, October 30, 4:00 to 5:50 p.m. in Room C-5
To be effective in our multicultural society, lawyers must develop the ability to anticipate, identify, and overcome culture-based assumptions, their own and those of the many others with whom they interact (e.g., clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel, judges). This session is intended to introduce students to a variety of practices which will improve their ability to avoid the pitfalls of making assumptions and implicit bias.  The workshop will also include a component on working with Limited English Proficient client populations.

Workshop: Working Effectively with Interpreters
Wednesday, November 6, 4:00 to 5:50 p.m. in Room C-5
Martha Cohen, Manager of the King County Superior Court's Office of Interpreter Services will lead an interactive workshop to gain critical hands-on skills which will allow you to effectively work with interpreters in the course of assisting limited English proficient clients.  

Questions about Lawyering in a Diverse World?

The Lawyering in a Diverse World program is co-coordinated by the Access to Justice Institute and the Office for Student Life.  For more information, please contact: