Advancing Equal Access to Justice by Challenging Gender Bias

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University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

500 W Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

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A Symposium on Advancing Equal Access to Justice by Challenging Gender Bias in the Legal Profession: What's Next?

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The Women's Bar Association of Maryland along with Maryland Carey Law's Women, Leadership & Equality Program and the Moser Ethics in Action Initiative is proud to announce: A Symposium on Advancing Equal Access to Justice by Challenging Gender Bias in the Legal Profession: What's Next?

Tentative Itinerary:

8:30-9:10: Registration and Coffee

9:10-9:30: Welcoming Remarks

Donald B. Tobin, Dean,Maryland Carey Law

Paula A. Monopoli, Sol & Carlyn Hubert Professor of Law and Founding Director, Women Leadership & Equality Program

Margaret H. Oliver, Esq., President, Women’s Bar Association of Maryland

9:30-10:30: Panel I: When does Sexual Harassment and Discriminatory Bias Constitute Judicial Misconduct with Disciplinary Consequences?

Panelists and moderator:

• Panel introduction by the Honorable Paula Xinis, US District Court for the District of Maryland, President of the Federal Bar Association

• The Honorable Catherine C. Blake, US District Court for the District of Maryland

• The Honorable Toni E. Clarke, Circuit Court for Prince Georges County (ret.), Immediate past-chair ABA Judicial Division

Glendora C. Hughes, Esq., General Counsel, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

• Professor Margaret E. Johnson, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education, University of Baltimore School of Law and Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:45: Panel II: When does Incivility, Bullying, Sexual Harassment, or Free Speech amount to Unprofessional or Sanctionable Attorney Misconduct?

Panelists and moderator:

Linda Lamone, Esq., Chair, Attorney Grievance Commission

Lydia E. Lawless, Esq., Bar Counsel for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland

Thomas E. Lynch III, Esq., Miles & Stockbridge, P.C

Kathleen Howard Meredith, Esq., Iliff, Meredith, Wildberger & Brennan, P.C.

11:45-12:00: Break

12:00-12:50: Lunch Provided

Lunch Remarks: the Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals

12:50-1:40: Panel III: What’s Next? (immediately followed by four topic-designated Breakouts)

Panel III Introductions: Susan Carol Elgin, Esq.

1:40-2:40: Breakouts led by panelists and team members/discussion group leaders

Topic A: Why women leave the law Lessons to be learned, applied in the workplace especially when picking battles, making complaints, and pursuing investigations of gender-related misconduct.


Roberta (Bobbi) D. Liebenberg, Esq., Past Chair ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

Breakout discussion group leaders:

Reena K. Shah, Esq., Executive Director, Maryland Access to Justice Commission

Jennifer L. Curry, Esq., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.

Topic B: Redefining and recognizing gender issues. Facing gender-related disparities in the legal profession; overcoming ignorance, incivility, implicit bias, race and intersectional concerns, gender identity and gender expression.


Yodeski Acquie, Esq., Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Sam Williamson, Esq.

Breakout discussion group leader:

Pamela C. Ortiz, Esq., Director Access to Justice, Administrative Office of the Courts

Topic C: Rules are rules. Legislative avenues and rule-making tools; finding, using the power to combat sexual harassment, bullying, incivility in the practice of law.


Dolores Dorsainvil, Esq., D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel

Michelle Siri, Esq., Executive Director Women’s Law Center

Breakout discussion group leader:

Debra M. Lawrence, Esq., Regional Attorney U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Topic D: Gender Violence and Consequence. Difficulties responding to gender-based violence; navigating criminal and family courts, custody concerns.


• Professor Leigh Goodmark, Marjorie Cook Professor of Law and Co-Director, Clinical Law Program

Dorothy Lennig, Esq., Legal Clinic Director, House of Ruth

Breakout discussion group leader:

Susan Carol Elgin, Esq. Kaufman, Ries & Elgin PA

2:40-3:15: Reports back from Breakouts; recommended Next Steps

Closing Remarks: the Honorable Kathleen M. Dumais, Esq., Maryland House of Delegates and Ethridge Quinn Kemp McAuliffe Rowan & Hartinger

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