Build Your All-Star Team With Inclusive Interviewing

The jury is out! Diversity significantly contributes to greater profitability. A 2019 analysis by McKinsey & Company revealed that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25 percent more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile. Additionally, top-quartile companies in terms of cultural diversity outperformed those in the fourth quartile by 36 percent in profitability. That said, many companies are genuinely interested in leveraging diversity for greater financial and social performance. However, various common biases may be interfering with effective recruiting and retention of diverse talent.

During this engaging session, the facilitator will utilize social science, current events, humor, and role-playing to provide participants with a greater understanding of the following:
    ● The main types of bias that impact talent management
    ● Tools to interrupt common forms of bias during the interview process
    ● How to eliminate bias from the evaluation process for greater retention
    ● Best practices for more inclusive work environments

We will learn how to manage our biases in order to facilitate interviews that lead to greater inclusion for enhanced company performance.


  • Welcome & Introduction
    • Brief introduction and welcome by Ama Karikari-Yawson
    • Overview of implicit bias and why paying attention to it matters for lawyers and law firms

  • How Implicit Bias Impacts Recruiting and Retention for Law Firms
    • Phantom job openings
    • Implicit bias in recruiting
    • “Fit” tests
    • Microaggressions in the legal profession
    • Biased performance reviews
      • In one law firm study, partners rated the same memorandum less favorably when it was attributed to a hypothetical African-American associate compared to a Caucasian associate with the same qualifications

  • Common Forms of Bias in Law Firm Interviews
    • Affinity bias/similarity bias
    • Confirmation bias
    • The halo effect
    • The horns effect
    • Attribution bias

  • Tools to Interrupt Common Forms of Bias in the Legal Profession
    • Mindfulness
    • Connection
    • Prepared questions and notes/recording
    • Self-monitoring of mental questions
    • Opportunity for advocacy
    • Everyday opportunities to promote equity
      • Can you change your recruitment efforts to interview more diverse lawyers?
      • Can you examine your policies to ensure equity and inclusivity for diverse lawyers?
      • Are you setting diversity goals at your law firm?
      • Can you review your evaluation and exit systems to ensure you are evaluating lawyers equitably and addressing inclusion concerns raised by lawyers?
      • Can you increase the legal services you provide to underserved communities?
      • Are you proactively addressing microaggressions in your law office?

  • Conclusion and Closing
    • How implicit bias thwarts diversity goals
    • How implicit bias thwarts diversity goals in the legal profession
    • How implicit bias impacts recruiting and retention for law firms
    • How to improve the interview process for lawyers considering implicit biases

  • Questions & Answers

Topics covered include: DEI
Duration of this webinar: 60 minutes
Originally broadcast: November 09, 2023 10:00 AM PT
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

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California CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 Implicit Bias

Earn Credit Until: November 08, 2025

South Carolina CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 General

Difficulty: All Levels

Earn Credit Until: December 31, 2024

North Carolina CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 Ethics

Earn Credit Until: February 28, 2025

Texas CLE

Status: Approved

Credits: 1.0 Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Earn Credit Until: October 31, 2024

This presentation is approved for one hour of Implicit Bias CLE credit in California, one hour of General CLE credit in South Carolina (all levels), and one hour of Ethics CLE credit in North Carolina. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.0 credit hours, of which 1.0 credit hours will apply to Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit.

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Ama Karikari-Yawson
Ama Karikari-Yawson Attorney
President and Founder of Milestales
Ama Karikari Yawson, Esq. is the founder of Milestales Publishing and Education Consulting and the author of The Talk: A Black Family’s Conversation about Racism and Police Brutality, Sunne’s Gift, and other best-selling books. Read More ›
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