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American Bar Association: Men in the Mix and GOOD Guys: Bar Leaders Edition

December 3, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET


Robert Maldonado will speak on a panel titled "Men in the Mix and GOOD Guys: Bar Leaders Edition" hosted by the American Bar Association.

Despite ongoing diversity initiatives and an increased focus on both the business and human cases for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the legal profession, statistics on gender equity have remained almost static over the last decade, particularly in leadership positions. Bar association leaders, in particular, have a unique opportunity to drive the agenda for their members and amplify the voices of diverse attorneys. The voices often missing from the efforts to bridge the gender gap are those of the male lawyers. Robert Maldonado will join the panel to discuss recommendations for moving beyond the status quo and engaging male lawyers. Attorneys of all genders will benefit from understanding these obstacles and learning the tools to overcome them.

The National Conference of Women's Bar Associations (NCWBA)'s "GOOD Guys" (Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity) program educates male lawyers about the benefits everyone in the profession reaps from DEI, while the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's 2019 research study Men in the Mix reveals some major obstacles men report to getting involved with these initiatives as well as what they say would be effective in motivating them to participate. The American Bar Association is pleased to partner with NCWBA to bring this thought-provoking and practical program.

Speakers: Opening remarks by Teresa Beck, Shareholder and Co-chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Klinedinst Law

Presentation and panel moderator: Sheryl L. Axelrod, Owner, the Axelrod Firm


    • Robert Maldonado, Past President, Hispanic National Bar Association; Counsel, Wolf Greenfield
    • Juan Thomas, Past President, National Bar Association; Chair-Elect, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; of Counsel, Quintarios, Prieto, Wood and Boyer
    • Emilio Varanini, Immediate Past President, California Lawyers Association; Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Healthcare Rights and Access, California Office of the Attorney General

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December 3, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET