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Kelly Dermody Discusses Diversity in the Law at Women Legal 2018 in SF

Kelly Dermody Speaks on “Diversity: It’s Complicated…” Panel at ARK Group’s Women Legal 2018 in SF

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Kelly Dermody will speak at the ARK Group’s annual Women Legal Conference at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis at 780 Mission Street. “Illustrating the business imperative for the advancement, retention and succession of female leadership in the legal profession,” the Conference includes presentations and discussions on a wide range of topics, including gender imbalances in first chairs at trial, judge-driven diversity initiatives, implicit bias, and the success of firms that advance women.

Kelly will be participating in the event’s closing panel discussion, entitled “Diversity: It’s Complicated,” which will address a variety of questions, including:

  • How are firms are handling the “complicated tensions” between different kinds of diversity within law firms with limited resources and attention spans?
  • Do white men have much to complain about (not getting the same opportunities as women)?
  • How about Affirmative Action and tensions among white women and women of color?

The panel will delve into the complications of diversity and inclusion (concerning both race and gender), and address a perception that perhaps white male fear or resentment exists in the wake of high-profile inclusion efforts that have taken place in the past few decades.

Kelly’s co-panelists will be Joe Morford, Managing Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP; Janice Brown, Founding Partner, Brown Law Group, and Rosalie Chamberlain, Director, Rosalie Chamberlain Consulting & Coaching. The panel will be moderated by Patricia K. Gillette, Public Keynote Speaker and Member of JAMS.

Learn more on the ARK Group’s site.

About Kelly Dermody

The Chair of Lieff Cabraser’s employment practice group and Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Kelly M. Dermody specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases, including gender discrimination cases against GoogleMicrosoft, and Goldman Sachs. Her additional case work includes wage suppression claims against technology, healthcare, and academic institutions; overtime and lost pay lawsuits for low-wage workers, I/T professionals, and foreign nationals working for American corporations; and ERISA claims that she has tried on behalf of employees and retirees for pension plan abuses.