Ageism and the New Lawyer: The Next Frontier in Diversity

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: August 07, 2020
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  • Explore probing questions to draw out experiential learning from applicants or for new attorneys to explore themselves to help match the lawyer’s skills to the needs of clients and colleagues.
  • Assess individual and firm culture to locate opportunities and stress points for leveraging non-traditional new lawyers into a firm or for establishing a solo practice.
  • Create methods to analyze experience, ability, culture and temperament to consider career options, including starting a solo practice.
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: August 7, 2020


Organizations are working harder than ever to ensure that every employee is fully invited to participate. At the same time, non-traditional students are graduating from law schools eager to leverage life-long learning into successful legal careers. Is the old model of “we’ll teach you to think” still valid or is it time for a new point of view.

This seminar will identify ways new lawyers and firms can take advantage of valuable life skills from life experience to help the entire enterprise.

This program was recorded on August 7th, 2020.

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American Bar Association


Deian McBryde

Founding Attorney
McBryde Law LLC

Deian McBryde is a family and general practice attorney, mediator, and family law settlement facilitator.

Before becoming an attorney, Deian worked in business, employee development, technology, and the arts. He owned Nob Hill Yoga and Teaching School, advised large organizations through major operational and cultural transformations as a change management consultant, was an executive for a life-health insurance company, and supervised on-site adult and youth learning programs for Apple Retail in Albuquerque.

Deian has distinguished himself as an advocate for small firm practitioners as a board member of the State Bar of New Mexico Solo and Small Firm Section (SSF) and council member of the American Bar Association's Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo). ?

He promotes attorneys and law students with prior careers through his membership on the Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession and participation in national programs and webinars. To benefit the University of New Mexico School of Law, Mr. McBryde created the first scholarship specifically for law students with prior lengthy careers or homemaking experience. ?

Mr. McBryde is a US Air Force veteran (peacetime), and a recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. A native of Albuquerque's South Valley, Mr. McBryde volunteers at legal clinics to answer legal questions for families and veterans with limited resources, and in state court to facilitate solutions for self-represented parties in domestic relations litigation.

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