The Irvine office of Greenberg Traurig LLP hosted a discussion on “Disrupting Implicit Bias” on Sept. 12 at Newport Beach Country Club. The talk featured Hilarie Bass, firm co-president and American Bar Association immediate past president, and L. Song Richardson, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. The event brought together prominent women in executive positions of leadership from all sectors of the business, legal and academic communities in Orange County.
The discussion was hosted by Greenberg Traurig’s Women’s Initiative, which supports the inclusion and advancement of women in the legal profession through programming and resources to benefit the firm’s attorneys, their clients and future lawyers.
“Though women attorneys have made major strides in recent decades, we continue to face unique challenges to success in the workplace,” Bass said. “Today, those challenges are not typically reflective of explicit bias but rather implicit bias, which is harder to address in many ways. The reason: It is a bias that is hidden, unseen and unrecognized in each of us. Many of us do not even believe that this implicit bias exists, which makes it much more difficult to root out.”
— Matt Sanderson