Pillsbury Retired Courses

Eliminating Bias in the Legal Profession: The Myth of the Meritocracy


This course provides an in-depth look at eliminating bias and discrimination in the legal profession. While discussing the prevention of discrimination in the workplace, the presenter focuses on current statistics regarding minorities and women in the legal workforce, as well as discussing subtle forms of discrimination which exist, and provides insightful suggestions for how you can help to eliminate the biases and discriminations that present themselves in both the corporate and law firm environments.


I. Elimination of Bias
    A. The Myth Unveiled
    B. The Importance of Looking at Bias
    C. A Look at the Statistics
    D. Pertinent Studies
    E. Unconscious Bias
    F. Common Bias Myths
    G. Microinequities
    H. Uncovering Biases
    I.  Bias Played Out in the Legal Profession
    J.  Hidden Barriers to Legal Advancement
    K.  Solutions and Action Items
    L.  Addressing Unconscious Biases
    M. Part-time Employment Policies
    N. More Recommendations for Success    

Content Provided

With influence and presence on both U.S. coasts and abroad, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP enjoys an expansive international platform. The firm has 14 offices in global centers for capital markets, energy and technology and provides its clients with the strength of this reach and a commitment to cross-border service and responsiveness. Pillsbury is a leader in its core areas of focus: capital markets and finance, energy, global sourcing, litigation, real estate, technology, life sciences, and communications.

Speaker / Author:

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Paula Weber
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Paula M. Weber is a partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She is leader of Pillsbury’s Employment & Labor practice. Ms. Weber focuses on complex employment litigation, supplemented by compliance advice and counseling on employment issues for both large institutional employers and smaller companies. Ms. Weber has handled a wide variety of individual and multiplaintiff cases in federal and state court, including race, sex, disability, and age discrimination suits, as well as breach of employment contract, wrongful termination, fraud, defamation, whistle-blower, misappropriation of trade secrets, wage and hour and other employment-related litigation. She has trial experience in both state and federal court, including trials in defamation, breach of contract, sex discrimination, and termination in violation of public policy cases. Ms. Weber also has wide-ranging ADR experience, most recently the successful defense in a binding arbitration of law firm partners charged with breach of fiduciary duty by their former partner.

Ms. Weber has extensive experience representing employers in putative and certified class actions. She was lead attorney in a trial of a wage hour class action involving 3000 class members that was successfully settled immediately prior to the close of plaintiffs’ case. She represented a large employer in a pay and promotion sex discrimination suit with 850 class members. She has litigated putative class actions alleging age discrimination and breach of contract arising out of reductions in force for two of the largest employers in the State of California with no class being certified in either case. She defended an employer in a putative race discrimination class action in which the class allegations were dismissed. She also defended a major utility company in a putative class action in which agency employees/independent contractors sought employee benefits in which class certification was denied. Her wage hour class action experience includes the defense of both state wage and hour law and nationwide FLSA collective actions in which she has defended employers in the food, retail, financial, utility and technical industries.

Ms. Weber has spoken on a variety of labor law topics including lectures at the Practising Law Institute and Mealey Publications Conference on employee class actions and representative actions. She has been designated a “Super Lawyer” in California for all three years of this listing.

In 1981, Ms. Weber graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University with a B.A. and honors in philosophy and religion. She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1985, she earned her J.D. with high honors from George Washington University Law School, where she was on Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif.

Ms. Weber is admitted to practice in California.


Price (USD)

Standard Rate: $99.00
Subscribers: FREE
Pillsbury U Online: FREE
Metro State Univ: $99.00


Course Code : 775712

Release Date : 06/03/2014

Length : 56min
Recorded Date : 1/22/2014

Format Type : eLearning
Mobile Compatible

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