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Going Beyond the Website Diversity Statement: Law Firms and Retention of Diverse Lawyers

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

1.5 NYS CLE Credits:  1.0  in Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias; .5 in Ethics and Professionalism (non-transitional credit only)

The UB School of Law Career Services Office is holding a CLE program to help legal employers and law firms improve hiring and, importantly, retention of employees.

All too often, we see great diversity statements on websites, but something goes missing when it comes to meaningful retention of employees.  This program is designed to help and empower those employers who want to do the work and make positive change – to give the employers the tools to do just that.

Questions? Please contact


  • University at Buffalo School of Law
  • UB Law Alumni Association (UBLAA)
  • WNY Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York  (WBASNY)
  • Minority Bar Association of Western New York (MBAWNY)
  • Bar Association of Erie County (BAEC)


The schedule below is subject to change.

Jennifer Scharf ’05, Associate Dean for Career Services, University at Buffalo School of Law

Kristen Kelly, Associate Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University at Buffalo School of Law

Systemic history of issues in law firms - how to recognize and address them
Prof. Athena Mutua, Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar, University at Buffalo School of Law

Going beyond grades and law review
Prof. Luis Chiesa, Dr. Teresa A. Miller Professor Law and Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University at Buffalo School of Law

The student/new lawyer perspective
Jamila Lee ‘15, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, University at Buffalo School of Law

How to honestly assess your firm's culture
Ursuline Bankhead, PhD
Psychology Chief/Assistant Chief of Mental Health and Chair of the Health Equity Committee

VA Western New York Healthcare SystemIdeas for equity and inclusion in the hiring and mentoring of new lawyers
Hon. Lenora Foote-Beavers ‘97, Judge, Buffalo City Court

Practical tips for hiring and retention; making new lawyers feel like they belong; allyship
Kristen Kelly

Panel Discussion/Q&A
Moderator, Jennifer Scharf