CLE | A Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | TIME: 3 to 4 p.m., 5 p.m. Reception |  LOCATION: CNY Philanthropy Center, Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 | COST: FREE | MCLE: 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias | This CLE is appropriate for all attorneys, newly admitted and established.

This FREE event is sponsored by the OCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

A guide for attorneys, judges, and business people regarding the major issues of diversity and inclusion in the 21st Century. A review of the provisions of the main federal and New York State laws concerning provisions of anti-discrimination, anti-harassment and anti-retaliation will be discussed.

The program will also cover protection for sexual orientation, the issue of equal pay, the current status of the federal Equal Rights Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act and provisions under the federal Family Medical Leave Act and New York State Paid Leave, and the law as it pertains to the accessibility of websites for those with qualifying disabilities.

Presenter: Michael L. Fox, J.D. is Assistant Professor of Business Law in the School of Business at Mount Saint Mary College, in Orange County, New York; and is the Coordinator of the Business Graduate (MBA) Program. He teaches in the undergraduate business program, and in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. He also serves as the College’s Pre-Law Advisor. In addition, Prof. Fox is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law, teaching professional responsibility in the Doctor of Law (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs. Professor Fox has published two books, one on electronic discovery, social media and ethics entitled Primer for an Evolving eWorld (Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. 2019); and one on diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias entitled A Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace (N.Y. St. Bar Assoc. Publ. 2020). He is also the co-host of the New York State Bar Association’s Podcast “Gold/Fox: NonBillable”, available on Spotify, iTunes, the Podcast App, Google Play, and the NYSBA website.

Professor Fox received his undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, from Bucknell University and his Doctor of Law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Articles Editor on the Columbia Business Law Review. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Lawrence E. Kahn, U.S. District Judge, in the Northern District of New York; has been rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell since 2015, and is admitted to practice law in New York State, as well as in the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York (Federal Courts), the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Professor Fox has been very active with the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Orange County Bar Association. He is a former Vice President for the Ninth Judicial District of the NYSBA, a former member of the NYSBA Executive Committee, and a former Section chair. He currently serves in the NYSBA House of Delegates, and as Chair of the Committee on Publications & Communications. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association; and serves on the Advisory Board of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. In addition to his recent book, Professor Fox has authored or co-authored a number of articles and CLE materials, and spoken at approximately 100 programs and symposia, on topics including procedure, attorney-client privilege/work product, eDiscovery, evidence, ethics, employment law, and diversity.

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