Trainings for Individuals
- Individual learning with topics in all relevant areas of DEI competency. Videos are provided for a more in-depth learning experience.
- Article on strategies to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
- Blog about the expected trends and movement of DEI in 2020.
- 5 DEI trends and recommendations for this year and the years to come.
- Video from the boardsource leadership forum in 2017. Addressing challenges and opportunities to diversity and inclusion with David Williams.
- American Bar Association: General Resources and Toolkit
Trainings for Staff/Organizations
- Remote training for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Experts sharing lived experiences and current work to address racism and bias in the workplace.
- Workplace diversity training, with outside resources imbedded within the website. Links to external sources such as work books, trainings, and TED talks.
- Interactive training to address diversity, inclusion, sensitivity and racial bias in the work place.
- Business training resource. Multiple diversity training and videos for purchase along with some free resources as well.
- A workplace diversity course that helps participants understand what diversity is, and how to create a more diverse environment.
“Walk in My Shoes” by Danielle Johnson, Esq., (added to our site 7/27/2020)
Is the struggle for equal treatment and acceptance over once a Black lawyer is working in her chosen profession? Not necessarily. For Greater Boston Legal Services housing attorney Danielle Johnson, she faces discrimination on a daily basis in the subtle and often upspoken ways. Court security giving her bar credentials greater scrutiny, her white and minority clients questioning whether she is up to the job, and often being the only minority attorney in the court room. This eye opening article provides you with Attorney Johnson’s first hand experience as to what it is like to be a Black attorney in one of the busiest courts in Boston.
“When Medicaid Takes Everything You Own,” The Atlantic, by Rachel Corbett, 10/2019
For most Americans, entering and staying in the Middle Class was made possible through a combination of tax and social policies that allowed poor and lower income people to gain an economic foothold through home ownership and savings. However, longevity, ill health and the need for publicly supported health insurance – Medicaid – have wiped out that opportunity, driving Americans deeper into poverty and depriving generations from acquiring the “American Dream” through gradual asset accumulation. This article describes the Rhodes family’s medical crisis which forced its ill, aging matriarch into applying for Medicaid insurance. With Medicaid’s onerous income and asset limitations, coupled by Medicaid’s reimbursement laws, millions of Americans and their families are being stripped of their meager finances and, over time, denied access to upward economic mobility.
“Kicked Off the Land – Why so many black families are losing their property,” The New Yorker, by Lizzie Presser, 7/15/2019
In an eye opening article, the story of the Reels family highlights the dangers of not having an estate plan—namely, a will—to establish and protect property rights for securing wealth and stability for future generations. For over a 100 years, the Reels family struggled to hold onto their 65 acres of rich North Carolina marsh land where the remaining two brothers lived and worked. After being jailed for eight years for civil contempt for refusing a Court order to move off their property, the two brothers lose their fight. The Reels family saga exemplifies the plight of thousands of southern Black Americans who, distrustful of the law, incorrectly thought that having no will would result in protecting their family members’ land rights. Little did most families understand that the lack of an estate plan created unclear property titles, subjecting future heirs to systemic legal attacks by not only other heirs but land speculators, onerous tax takings, exclusion from capital and insurance markets, and blatant trickery that ultimately deprived generations of Black families of their property.
Race and Contract Law (Click Here) – An interesting presentation with short case studies on how contract law cases can both move contract law precepts forward and exhibit or further racial injustice. Discussions with students and faculty at the end include Critical Race Theory, racial subordination and equality in a law school curriculum, consumer protection laws, and continuing efforts to expose racism in other areas of the law and in law schools.
Becoming an Antiracist Lawyer (Click Here) – This hour-long video incorporates foundational lessons in race and critical race theory, as well as hypotheticals, to help law students and lawyers enact antiracism in their practice of law. The presenters identify three steps to becoming antiracist lawyers: 1) educate ourselves and accept the ways in which we perpetuate racism; 2) understand that there is no neutral position – there is either racism or anti-racism, but no “not racist” stance; and 3) approach the law critically – interrogate claims of neutrality in case law, and in policies, as well as in the workplace and in legal organizations. Together, the presenters and audience explore two hypotheticals – one involving implicit bias in the workplace, and the other involving a client who is perpetuating a racist policy. Ensuing discussion provides concrete ways to enact antiracism in both scenarios.
ABA information on October as National Disability Empowerment Month
ABA toolkit on planning accessible meetings and events
MassNAELA’s Special Needs Toolkit, First Edition
NAELA News Journal Article on the importance of incorporating special needs considerations in your legal practice
Let NAELA help you spread the word on Special Needs Law Month