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Creating a Culturally Competent Law Firm (Chapter Meeting)
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July Chapter Meeting

When: Wednesday, July 18th
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy, Buckhead
3368 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
United States
Contact: Jennifer Brinkley

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Creating a Culturally Competent Law Firm
presented by Michael Stephens

As legal professionals, most of us have explored the concept of diversity and have begun to create inclusion in our organizations.  A new trend in 2018 will be taking diversity and inclusion to another realm and discussing Cultural Competence.  So, what is cultural competence?  Cultural competence is an awareness of the cultural differences that makes each person unique, it is the ability to interact with and appreciate belief systems that differ from your own, thereby creating a way for everyone to work cross culturally.

The goal of this presentation is to enhance the knowledge and skills of legal professionals on how to build and maintain a multicultural law firm and become positive change agents for their workplace. This program asks participants to understand and reflect on their role as law firm leaders who are responsible for promoting inclusion and building successful and effective working relationships within their organization.  

Participants will:

  1. Define diversity and culture and its impact on relationships within law firms.
  2. Recognize our unconscious biases and how they impact our culture and hiring decisions.
  3. Understand the importance of collaborative working relationships with diverse others and the benefits of diverse perspectives in problem-solving.
  4. Recognize the importance of infusing diversity into our law firms to achieve a more productive, respectful and cooperative work environment.
  5. Develop a plan of action for becoming a change agent for diversity in our law firms and community.

About Our Speaker

Michael Stephens is the Director of Human Resources & Diversity at Alston & Bird LLP, an international law firm with more than 1800 lawyers and employees in eleven offices.  Alston & Bird has been recognized by Fortune Magazine on their annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work for in America” for the past 19 years.  In his role, Michael manages all aspects of human resource operations, including supporting the firm’s award-winning culture that prioritizes trust, service, and inclusion.  He currently serves on the firm’s National Diversity & Inclusion Committee and as Vice Chair for the Association of Legal Administrators’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee, on behalf of which he has presented topics relating to law firm diversity across the country.


Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Florida State University and has pursued human resources training through the Stern School of Business at New York University and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.  Michael is very active in community organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Historic Oakland Cemetery, and as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, POSSE, and Year Up.  In his free time, Michael enjoys international travel, running, and Florida State football.


Location Information

Self Parking & Valet Parking available.

Sponsor Information

Hilltop Consultants is an award winning Managed IT Services Provider that specializes in IT support and consulting for law firms. Our in-house certified legal CIOs and IT professionals have combined legal experience of over 35 years. Hilltop has extensive software support and implementation expertise in various areas of Legal IT, including eDiscovery, Document Management Systems, and Contract Management solutions including, Netdocuments, Clio, iManage and more.


Professional Credit Information

CLM credit for this session has been applied for.


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