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Blanck & Abdul-Malak to Speak at National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference on Breaking Down LGBTQ Bias in Legal Profession: Lessons from National ABA/BBI Project

August 8, 2018
Source: Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (BBI)

The National LGBT Bar Association Presents: 30th Annual Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair

Too often, the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities are not included in efforts to expand career and professional diversity, especially in the legal profession. To address this issue, the American Bar Association ("ABA") recently launched a first-of-its-kind nationwide study, conducted by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University ("BBI"). The study identifies the biases and other barriers encountered by LGBTQ and disabled lawyers and will help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases. This project examines the unique challenges that people of differing sexual orientations and gender identities and people with disabilities face in the legal profession, and the intersectionality associated with these groups. Join this panel to learn about initial findings from this groundbreaking study, which is part of the ABA Pathway to the Profession Project, and to gain insight into what benchmarks and strategies for inclusiveness may be developed as a result of this research. Attendees will get an inside look at this study from the lead researchers and have an opportunity to explore and experience the topic in-depth.

Speakers: Ynesse Abdul-Malak, Syracuse University; Wesley Bizzell, Altria Client Services LLC; Peter Blanck, Syracuse University; Malcolm ’Skip’ Harsch, American Bar Association

About the Burton Blatt Institute
BBI reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities, with offices in Syracuse, NY, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, GA. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. For more information about BBI, visit:

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