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Ethics, Implicit Bias, & the Practice of Law | featuring Ray English | OnDEMAND | Original ZOOM November 5, 2020

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Ethics

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Ray English

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, ASU | Assistant Dean, Office of Career and Employment Services

This is a State Bar of California Approved CLE. 2.00 Hours of MCLE Credit. 0.0 Hours Ethics, 0.0 Hours Substance Abuse/Mental Illness Hours and 2.0 Bias Hours.

Ethics, Implicit Bias and the Practice of Law

The program will define the term implicit bias, and describe the empirical research that suggests implicit biases are wide spread, and can coexist with explicitly avowed anti-racist and tolerant attitudes. We will explore the questions of whether it is ethically condemnable to harbor an implicit biases and whether we should suspect ourselves of racial bias, and therefore correct for it in ordinary activities, including how we practice law.  Finally, we will discuss strategies to reduce the influence of implicit bias on our decisions and actions.

Putting the “I” in “D&I”: Closing the Loop on Diversity Efforts by Creating an Inclusive Environment

Do you know what you need to shift from recruiting a diverse workforce to creating an inclusive environment? Organizations go through great efforts to recruit diverse attorneys assuming that once the offers are accepted, the mission is complete. Achieving diversity through recruitment is laudable, but meaningless without also creating an inclusive environment, maximizing the potential for retention. This program will explore the terms diversity and inclusion, and focus on the steps necessary to create an inclusive environment.


  • Define inclusion and diversity.
  • Understand what implicit bias means and how it may influence our decisions.
  • Explore the challenges of creating an inclusive environment.
  • Understand that being implicitly biased does not necessarily mean we act explicitly biased.
  • Learn to recognize some behaviors that may suggest bias or differential treatment.
  • Consider the ethical implications.
  • Identify the negative impact of not addressing inclusivity.
  • Discuss the steps necessary to create an inclusive work place.
  • Learn some techniques that help de-bias perceptions and improve interactions.

The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 2 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0 hour(s) of professional responsibility.



Ray English's Profile

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Assistant Dean, Office of Career Services and Employment

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, ASU

Prior to joining the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Ray served as the Associate Director of Career Services at Georgia State University College of Law. He attended Wentworth Military Junior College and was recognized as a Distinguish Military Graduate, receiving a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Ray received his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude.  He served six years as a Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force.  Upon leaving the military, Ray served as an Assistant Professor of Law teaching criminal law and litigation skills at the Appalachian School of Law.  Ray moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was an attorney/policy advisor for the Atlanta City Council and the Managing Director for a national legal staffing firm.  Ray has been appointed to serve on the National Association of Law Placement (NALP)  Board of Directors, elected to serve on the NALP Nominating Committee and has been selected to present at the NALP Annual Education Conference on numerous occasions.

Ray has trained lawyers nationally on implicit bias, race, diversity & inclusion, and competency. Recently Ray has spoken to groups of lawyers in Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC, and every corner of Arizona.

He has been the featured speaker at International organizations like NALP, Association of Legal Administrators, Association of Corporate Counsels and Law School Admission Council.

Ray is a professor of practice at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, focusing in the fields of negotiations, alternative dispute resolutions and HR management.

Ray has been featured on several legal podcasts speaking on topics of race, diversity, inclusion, and pipeline programs to law schools.

Ray, who is a Phoenix transplant, has been working tirelessly on improving diversity in the legal profession. During his time at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Ray has directed the ASU Pipeline Initiative an award winning diversity and inclusion program, bringing international attention to the areas of funding educational programs of lower socio-economic schools in areas of critical thinking and writing. Two programs that are crucial to getting into law school and being success in the legal field. His expertise in topics of implicit bias, race, diversity & Inclusion have brought him national attention from top firms on both coasts.

Ray has received awards for his work in diversity, inclusion, and implicit bias from the Law School Admission Council and Arizona Black Bar. Ray has received the Torchbearer award from the In-House Counsel Pro Bono Commission for his work with the Association of Corporate Counsels.

Ray has spoken at the following firms:

  • Ballard Sphar
  • Bowman and Brooke
  • Fennimore Craig
  • Lewis Rocca Rothberger Christie
  • Perkins Coie
  • Quarles and Brady
  • San Diego County Law Library

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