A Cultural Competency Primer for the Young Lawyer

Level: Beginner
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: March 18, 2020
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  • Introduction 
  • Why Should You Care?
  • What is Culture?
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • How to Recognize Implicit Bias
  • Practice Tips
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: March 18, 2020


Get a brief overview of what cultural competency is, what implicit bias is, how it impacts the legal profession, and tips that you can begin implementing immediately to start working towards becoming culturally competent.

This program was recorded on March 18th, 2020.

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American Bar Association


Chloe Woods

United States Postal Service

Chloe has experience providing legal counsel to government and private organizations, representing clients in state and federal courts, as well as administrative proceedings. She has demonstrated expertise in legal research and written advocacy, to include legislation, regulatory and policy issues, and appellate brief writing. Prior to her current role as Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, Chloe held positions as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force; Assistant City Counselor for the City of St. Louis; and Corporate Counsel for Peabody Energy Corporation. Chloe has served at the highest levels of civil and professional organizations of differing size and scope, to include the American Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association, National Bar Association, Mound City Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, Bar Association of Metropolitan St Louis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, Northside Community School, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

While serving on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, and as a voting delegate in the ABA House of Delegates, the policy making body for the ABA, she voted in favor of resolutions and policies that will affect the profession of law for years to come. The decisions made and votes cast directly impacted the allocation and management of a budget in excess of $200 million.

Chloe received her Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, a Masters in policy from Arizona State University, and her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in the City of New York. Chloe also holds a Master’s in Education and Training and is passionate about training and facilitation, especially “helping people have that “a-ha!” moment when their light bulb comes on!”

Samuel J. Perez

Associate Attorney
Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C.

Sam attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey as a recipient of the James Dickson Carr scholarship and focused his studies on Political Science and Communications. After graduating from Rutgers in 2004, Sam attended Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey where he graduated in 2007. While at Seton Hall Law, Sam interned at the Union County Public Defender’s Office where he represented individuals that did not have the financial means to hire private counsel after being charged with a crime.

After receiving his Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall Law, Sam clerked for the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Criminal Part, Middlesex County. Since clerking, Sam spent many years working on cases from a variety of practice areas including municipal, criminal, family, workers’ compensation and personal injury. His efforts were recognized in 2017 when he was named as one of Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars of 2017” in the area of personal injury.

As an attorney, Sam’s driving passion has always been making the law accessible to his clients. From the initial client consultation all the way through trial, Sam takes pride in dealing with all aspects of his cases as well as making himself available to his clients. Sam is conversational in Spanish and is an active member of the Middlesex County Bar Association as well as the New Jersey Association for Justice.

Aastha Madaan

Owner & Founder
Madaan Law, PC

Aastha is the owner and founder of Madaan Law, P.C.. She focuses her practice in the areas of business law, franchise law, and estate planning. Aastha is a strong advocate of good planning, in life and in business. She takes the time to explain the legal process and answer any questions for potential clients.

Prior to founding Madaan Law, Aastha worked with a boutique business law firm where she practiced business litigation and provided legal advice to small businesses. She learned the ins and outs of future planning for individuals and businesses, and uses her litigation knowledge to help her client avoid costly and often irreparable mistakes.

Aastha earned her Juris Doctor at Whittier Law School, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Irvine.

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