Diversity, White Fragility and Implicit Bias Half Day CLE on September 10, 2019

Heather Ligtenberg

Details Price Qty
TCBA Member & their non-attorney staffshow details + $65.00 (USD)  
Non-Member Attorneyshow details + $115.00 (USD)  


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel RL, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502


The Thurston County Bar Association is making a commitment to diversity.  We are offering a half-day CLE on the topics of diversity, white fragility, implicit bias, etc.  Increase your awareness and familiarity with these topics and practice the skills needed to improve you work styles, behavior, communications and relationships. 

Please mark your calendars now and join us in this commitment.

4 Law & Legal credits are pending approval with the WSBA.



11:30 am: Check-in; arrival
12:00 pm: Program Begins
12:00pm–1:30 pm 90 minutes: White Fragility (Opening and Skill Building)

Jody Suhrbier, Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center

Introduction of White Fragility, Skill Building

1:30 pm -1:40 pm 10 minutes: Break
1:40 pm –2:30 pm 50 minutes: Implicit Bias: Ensuring Treatment of Clients/Parties as Individuals

Donna Lurie, Mediator/Arbitrator, Lurie Workplace Solutions

Discussion of communicating/interacting with folks of different backgrounds and demographics (veterans, homeless, elderly, race, etc), by learning to identify implicit bias and ways we can ensure we are treating others as individuals rather than stereotypes that stem from some physically-defining or cultural-based characteristics. 

2:30 pm –2:40 pm 10 minutes: Break
2:40 pm –3:30 pm 50 minutes: View from the Bench: How the Judicial System Addresses Parties as Individuals

The Honorable G. Helen Whitener, Pierce Co. Superior Court Judge


Implicit bias from perspective of the bench?  Treating parties as individuals.  Examples of implicit bias, how she has developed her skills for combating implicit bias, and how she encourages court room participants to do the same.  She may also be able to speak to how trials and settlement conferences should be held to address changing demographics and changing expectations.

3:30 pm –3:40 pm 10 minutes: Break
3:40 pm –4:30 pm 50 minutes: Equity in Delivery of Government Benefits and TCBA: Next Steps

Michael Martinez, Legal and Policy Analyst for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Former Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Obama Administration

Implicit Bias within the realms of government benefits delivery (stemming from his years working at the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Obama Administration), and federal Indian law (stemming from his work now as counsel for twenty Western Washington Indian tribes).    Discussion will also illustrate the benefits of diversity and inclusion as an antidote to past discriminatory policies.  May also speak to his interest in creating a TCBA Diversity section and seeking a co-chair or establishing a committee to continue TCBA’s commitment to diversity.

4:30 pm Program Conclusion

Complimentary coffee, tea, cookies will be served.  Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.


Please Register online at www.thurstoncountybar.com by Friday, September 6th at 5:00 p.m. or send a check (payable to TCBA) to: TCBA, PO Box 1653, Olympia, WA 98507


TCBA Members & staff = $65.00

Non-Member Attorneys = $115.00


2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia, 98502, United States

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Heather LigtenbergDiversity, White Fragility and Implicit Bias Half Day CLE on September 10, 2019