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Racism and Islamophobia in Ourselves and the Legal System: Part I: Socialization, Encountering the Other, Communicating Across Otherness

Thursday July 20

  • By: Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd., ASDIC (Antiracism Study and Dialogue Circles), Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Hennepin County Bar Association Offices
    600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Contact:
    Delaney Russell
    Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Website:

Recent events have highlighted some of the biases against people of color and Muslims in our communities and our legal system. When so many individuals, including lawyers and judges, care about equity and equal justice, how do these happen?
Join us for two unique, interactive opportunities to explore various elements of:

The existence and impact of a societal-wide context that favors whiteness and Christians.

The roots and legacy of racism and Islamophobia

The added impact of limited interaction among racial and religious groups.

How the racial and religious dynamics symptomatically playing out in our wider communities take root in our legal system, resulting in disproportionately high arrest and incarceration rates for Muslims and people of color, unseen obstacles facing lawyers of color, and overall high distrust of the legal system.

The importance of legal professionals taking proactive steps to identify and interrupt unconscious bias for people of color and Muslims to have genuine access to justice in Minnesota.

Dates/Times: July 6, 13 and 20 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM

$325 for nonprofit or government attorneys,
15% discount for groups of five or more from same organization,
50% discount for VLN volunteers
Space is limited to 23 people per session

  • CLE Credit Comments: 9 CLE credits to be applied for, 3 of which will be elimination of bias
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