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Virtual Speaker Series - How to be Culturally Competent When Representing African American Clients
Thursday, October 20, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Category: Virtual Speaker Series

Women Owned Law Virtual Speaker Series

As legal professionals, we must be leaders in understanding, educating against and actively rejecting stereotyped notions associated with African Americans. From the systemic racism that plagues our criminal justice system, to our own implicit biases, cultural competency is a critical element of legal services we provide our clients, and the duty we undertake as zealous advocates of the principles of fairness and equality in the law.

In this presentation, we will discuss:
• Certain language that perpetuates cultural insensitivities to African Americans
• Questions we must ask ourselves to uncover implicit bias
• Cultural competency in the criminal justice system
• Habits to increase cultural competency


Judie Saunders
Griesing Law LLC

Judie Saunders is a member of Griesing Law LLC and serves as Co-Chair or Griesing Law's Confidential & Sensitive Investigations practice group. Judie has more than twenty years of litigation experience with a unique focus on representing adult and child survivors of sexual, physical, emotional, and psychological abuse in both criminal and civil court. She also defends the constitutional rights of criminal defendants and incarcerated individuals.

Judie also spent a significant amount of her career in politics, including as a legislative analyst for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as a staff member for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C., and as an executive team member for the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Judie’s political and grassroots activism range from advocating for criminal justice reform to fundraising and community outreach for political campaigns.

Judie is an established thought leader in areas related to the intersection of law, policy, and human rights. She frequently writes, speaks, and is quoted on these issues for major publications and released a book, “A War on My Body: A War on My Rights,” which she co-authored with several renowned women’s rights advocates. Judie also hosts the Legally Brief podcast, which discusses laws and notable cases related to the abuse of athletes and how to combat it.

Judie extends her work promoting women, children, and the underserved through her various philanthropic endeavors, including as a Board Member for the Girl’s Scouts of America, Jersey Coast Chapter, as a member of the Advisory Board for EvolveMe, and on various committees for Impact 100 Jersey Coast and the Parker Family Health Center.

Judie received her B.A. from Oakwood University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

This Virtual Speaker Series is free to members of WOL and their Guests.  Non-Members who are not guests will be charged a $20 registration fee.

Please RSVP by October 19, 2022