Overcoming the Three Bs: Barriers, Bullying and Bias

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: August 20, 2020
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  • Model rules barring bullying and bias in the profession
  • Ethical strategies to address bullying you experience or observe
  • Concrete actions law firm and legal department leaders can take to promote equity and elimination of bias in the profession
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: August 20, 2020


Diversity and inclusion are bandied about, but our profession still lacks behind in equity and elimination of bias as to gender, race, ethnicity, LGBTQ , disability and other identifiers that have historically held people back. There has been a growing trend of bullying and harassment in the profession with junior lawyers, women and diverse lawyers bearing the brunt of overly aggressive conduct within legal organizations as well as among opposing counsel, and towards clients.

Join Francine Friedman Griesing as she tackles bullying and bias in the legal profession. Participants will learn steps legal leaders can take to combat inequity in the profession and promote fair opportunity for all.

This program was recorded August 20th, 2020.

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Francine Friedman Griesing

Griesing Law, LLC.

Fran is the founder of Griesing Law, LLC, a woman-owned and operated firm based in Philadelphia. She is a strategic advisor to executives and general counsel at the country’s largest institutions with over 35 years of experience representing clients in business transactions, commercial litigation, employment matters, and alternate dispute resolution. She serves as an arbitrator and mediator, primarily in employment and business disputes. Fran is a highly sought speaker and writer and has received many recognitions for her accomplishments as both an attorney and an entrepreneur. Among others, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Philadelphia Inquirer for her work in Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to launching Griesing Law in 2010, Fran practiced at top tier firms in New York and Philadelphia and served as Chair of Litigation for the City of Philadelphia under the Mayor. Fran graduated with honors from Binghamton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she was an editor of the Law Review.

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