Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Court rules: New York attorneys must be trained on "Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias."

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the categories of continuing legal education (CLE) for all attorneys required by the New York Courts will expand to include "Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias."
At least one credit hour of the minimum 24 credit hours experienced attorneys are required to complete each biennial reporting cycle will have to be in this new category.
Courses "must relate to the practice of law" and may include "implicit and explicit bias, equal access to justice, serving a diverse population, diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession, and sensitivity to cultural and other differences when interacting with members of the public, judges, jurors, litigants, attorneys and court personnel."
For more on the new initiative, click here.