In this course the participants understand current trends in workplace diversity, as well as some of the challenges and problems, looking specifically at the case of Hong Kong, and more broadly at efforts to build more inclusionary legal practices across different countries. Participants can explain four key benefits of building a diverse legal practice, including greater levels of employee engagement and retention; increased customer experiences; improved productivity and innovations; and enhanced reputations. Participants can identify some of the biggest obstacles to building diversity in legal practice and some of the key areas of resistance, including some ‘perceived’ competing interests such as between hiring for skills vs. hiring for diversity, and overcoming deeply embedded patterns of exclusion in the legal profession. Participants are able to identify key steps in developing diversity recruitment strategies, such as assigning responsibility, reaching talent pools and reducing bias.
This course is taught by Kelly Stone, a lawyer from the United States with more than twelve years of international law experience. Kelly holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology and Philosophy, and has been working to strengthen the capacity of both public and private bodies in adhering to obligations under the law. Kelly is well-versed in legal analysis and research, and has provided technical expertise in developing legal norms and standards, assessing risk management and strategies, and has assisted government actors in developing policies and protocols relating to safety and security. Kelly is also a certified facilitator and has trained government officials, NGOs, and community leaders on a variety of topics, including law, policy, safety and development. In addition, Kelly has a demonstrative publication record, which includes peer-viewed journal articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces.