Social Justice – Diversity & Wellbeing | Breakout: Addressing Racial Inequity and Wellness Issues Caused by Racial Trauma: The Regulator’s Role

Racial unrest is not new to the United States. However, in recent months nationwide protests have erupted in response to the killings of multiple unarmed Black Americans by law enforcement and others, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Jacob Blake. These protests have garnered immense attention in the national spotlight and have sparked deeper conversations around permeating racial injustice. Since discrimination, marginalization, and injustice can affect an individual’s physical and mental health, recent events have also sparked deeper conversations about racial trauma and wellness. Due to the issues of racism and discrimination being familiar and long ignored in almost every society, the movement has also gained widespread international support. What does this mean for lawyers? Lawyers are agents of social justice who are supposed to represent fairness and equality in all that we do. Therefore, the recent racial unrest has given the legal community an opportunity to reflect on the impact of its diversity programs and its responsibility to ensuring racial equality. As attorney regulators, the responsibility for combating social inequity and racism, and addressing resulting wellness issues, cannot be understated. This session will explore:

  • The current social justice movements in the United States and abroad
  • Trauma (negative physical and mental health impact) caused by experiences of exclusion, marginalization, discrimination, systemic oppression, harassment, and violence
  • Opportunities for attorney regulators to think differently about their role in the legal system and in combating racial injustice
  • How social justice approaches can inform our wellness efforts


  • Lea Gutierrez, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, ARDC (United States)
  • Prof. Natalie Skead, Dean and Head of School at the University of Western Australia Law School (Australia)
  • Farah Harris, Workplace Wellness Champion, WorkingWell Daily (United States)
  • Jerry Larkin – Administrator, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (United States)


Oct 27 2020


21:00 - 22:00

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 27 2020
  • Time: 22:00 - 23:00

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