Addressing Workplace Bias

s_hdr_img_6836739401709982793Date: Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Judy Berkman

Meeting Description:

In honor of Women’s History Month, join Judy Berkman from Regional Housing Legal Services as she shares her tips to address workplace bias! Judy has been active in addressing gender, racial and ethnic and other bias in the legal system and the legal profession since she became a lawyer in 1973. She had faced discrimination in her job search in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with one firm telling her they would have to hold a policy committee meeting to decide whether or not to accept her application, since they had never hired a woman or a Jew before. In 1991, she became interested in establishing a statewide task force on gender fairness in the courts in Pennsylvania, after reading the newly released Massachusetts report on gender bias in the courts. She became energized to be a catalyst to have Pennsylvania issue a similar report, and then became an improbable leader in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations to establish task forces and create policies to combat gender, race/ethnic and other bias against protected classes of persons, sometimes wearing her “lone wolf howling at the moon” pin for moral support when facing a meeting full of “bias deniers.”

“Addressing Workplace Bias” will focus on a variety of tips, verbal and non-verbal, on how to handle instances of inappropriate conduct in the workplace. We expect to have a lively discussion of several scenarios on how to address biased behavior.

Presenter Information:
Judy Berkman

Areas of Expertise: Judy came to RHLS in 1996 with prior experience in private practice and legal services. She works on a broad range of policy initiatives and homeownership development projects, primarily focusing on large-scale developments of homeownership units for sale to mixed-income buyers.

Awards: Judy has received several awards including the 2008 Andrew Hamilton Award, as well as, special recognition for her gender bias work and for her work as a founder of the Tangled Title and Philadelphia LawWorks programs. In 2008, Judy received The Philadelphia Bar Association Andrew Hamilton Award for exemplary service in the public interest.

Experience and Education: Judy has worked with the state and local bar associations to enhance the status of women in the legal profession, to protect women’s rights, and to eliminate gender and other biases in the Pennsylvania justice system. She received her A.B. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.


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