Free CLE: Implicit Bias & Diversity in the Legal Profession

This CLE will introduce the topic of implicit bias (from scientific and pragmatic views) and offer considerations for recognizing and addressing biases that involve gender, race, sexual orientation, and age. These biases can create access and justice barriers or impact hiring, retention, promotion, and evaluation decisions. In addition, we will discuss business advantages and other positive impacts of diversity in the legal profession.

Total NYS CLE Credits: 1.5 non-transitional credits (Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias). Please note that attorneys admitted two years or less cannot earn diversity credits. The materials for the CLE are included as downloadable PDFs after the registration form on this webpage. This CLE is free, but donations to the Center are gladly accepted. Click here to support our work.


Speaker: Judge Lenora Foote-Beavers

Judge Lenora Foote-Beavers

Judge Lenora Foote-Beavers began her term in Buffalo City Court on January 1, 2020. She is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence Part. She previously served as the Executive Assistant/Chief of Staff to the Presiding Justice of the NYS Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Gerald J. Whalen. Judge Foote-Beavers was the first African American and first Buffalonian to hold this position. She handled various court management responsibilities including the analysis of complex court operations, monitored personnel issues, assisted with budget preparation and allocations, managed special projects, and monitored the operations and efficiencies of the three judicial districts (22 counties) encompassing the Fourth Department. She is also an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Department at SUNY Erie Community College, teaching Family Law and Constitutional Law.

Judge Foote-Beavers previously served on the Canisius College Board of Trustees, SUNY Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association, (Past President), Burchfield Penny Art Center Board of Trustees, Minority Bar Association of WNY, Inc., (Past President), Erie County Bar Foundation, Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, Erie County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program, and Teach for America Buffalo. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law, a Bachelor’s Degree from Canisius College, and an Associate Degree from SUNY Erie.

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University at Buffalo School of Law

Download the CLE materials here:

Handouts 1 and 2

Handout 3

Handouts 4-17

Ethics Handout