FloridaBarNews.TV highlights The Florida Bar’s Special Committee on Gender Bias and Diversity, which is currently shifting to oversight as a subcommittee and getting down to the nitty gritty of implementing a 12-point action plan. Committee chair and Bar President-elect Michelle Suskauer said that with so much attention focused on the “#MeToo,” and “#TimesUp,” movements, the Bar couldn’t have chosen a more auspicious time to launch the next phase. The Gender Bias committee capped extensive research and surveys of thousands of attorneys with a comprehensive report issued in June. Unlike typical study commissions, where progressive and well-meaning proposals are sent to die, the Bar effort generated a concrete list of deliverables and makes various Bar sections and officials responsible for carrying them out. The recommendations include initiating continuing legal education courses; identifying “gender bias” toolkits; developing confidential ways to report gender bias; creating baseline reporting standards for compensation and promotion to make progress measurable profession-wide; and creating a blue-ribbon program to encourage and reward firms that adopt best practices.
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