Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA) affirms its commitment to promote and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion within the creditors rights practice area and legal profession, which is reflective of the people it serves regardless of race, color, age, religion, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally protected characteristic. In furtherance of this commitment, NCBA continuously strives to create an environment in which its leadership, members, staff, vendors, exhibitors, sponsors, creditors rights attorneys and law firms are encouraged to participate, join, promote, contribute and lead diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Join the NCBA Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee!

The mission of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is to leverage best practices and resources to promote equal opportunity and an inclusive culture that attracts and retains member attorneys, leaders, and industry partners with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and characteristics within the legal profession and NCBA. Are you a NCBA member and interested in joining? Please e-mail [email protected]

Co-Chairs: Juan Andreu, Marvin Dang, and Brit Suttell

Previous Education Topics 

Unconscious Bias 

Everyone has it, but do you know what it is? Amanda Loughmiller and Brit Suttell facilitated a discussion on unconscious bias and how it can affect not only your workplace but also your interactions with consumers. It was a candid, warm, and open discussion about an uncomfortable topic and members walked away with a better understanding of themselves.

Diversity and Inclusion

Judges and lawyers harbor the same kinds of implicit biases as others.  Unintended biases regarding race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics can undermine confidence in the legal system and impact your ability to communicate—with the court, with opposing counsel, with consumers.  Research shows individuals can reduce the negative impact of their implicit biases by becoming aware of the biases they hold and taking affirmative steps to alter behavioral responses. As these issues become more widely known and accepted, more and more courts and attorney licensing agencies require mandatory legal education on the elimination of bias, including training on implicit bias.  Learn from seasoned professionals how to become aware of implicit bias and some bias-reducing strategies that can address the unintended consequences of implicit biases in your business, in your communications with consumers, and when addressing the court.

Do you have ideas for webinars or in-person education sessions that cover Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Creditors Rights Industry? Contact [email protected] with your idea and we will see how we can incorporate it into future education opportunities!