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Webinar: Preventing Lawyer Harassment: California’s New Regulatory Approach

April 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am 11:00 am

Prohibiting Discrimination in Client Representation and Law Firm Operations: Rule 8.4.1 

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2 Hours CLE | Presented by the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

This program will cover the new California Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4.1, which takes a stricter approach to disciplining attorneys for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in both law practice operations and matters of legal representation. In a significant departure from the past, the new Rule grants the State Bar the power to investigate and to prosecute discrimination and harassment claims and further makes clear that failure to advocate corrective action also violates the Rule. This program is especially important for those who manage law firms and law departments.

Part 1: Overview of Rule 8.4.1

An interactive discussion about how to prevent harassment and discrimination and comply with California State Bar Rule 8.4.1 in law firm operations and client representations. 

  • Perspective from an advisor crafting Rule 8.4.1.
  • Perspective from an investigator looking at whether a law firm has complied with the Rule. 
  • International perspectives from United Kingdom and French colleagues.

Carolina Bravo-Karimi, Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, Management-side employment lawyer, Moderator.

Mark L. Tuft, Cooper, White & Cooper, who served on the California State Bar Commission crafting Rule 8.4.1.

Vida Thomas, Oppenheimer Investigations LLP, employment lawyer and a workplace investigations specialist.

Georgina Calvert-Lee, McAllister Olivarius, British Barrister leading her firm’s employment and equality law practice.

Laura Bourgeois, Litigation and Advocacy Officer, Paris-based NGO Sherpa, with an expertise in French discrimination and harassment law.

Part 2: Hypotheticals

Conference Details

When & Where:

Friday, April 22 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. (PDT)

Virtual UC Berkeley School of Law

Regular Program Rate: $100

Discount Rate: $80

  • University of California graduates
  • Members and supporters of our partner bar associations
  • Employees of government or non-profit organizations
  • Persons who are unemployed

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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