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CLE: “Diversity and Bias in Law Firms and Among Lawyers – The Climate, the Numbers, the Experiences, and the Law”; Presenter: Michael D. Pierce, Vandeventer Black, LLP and Peyton Farley, Regent University Law Student, - 1 CLE Credit Pending*

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • City of Norfolk Courthouse First Floor Training Room / Zoom Webinar


  • Non-NPBA members may register here for attendance via Zoom.

    In-person attendance is only available to NPBA Members due to limited space.
  • NPBA Members, please register here to attend on Zoom.

Registration is required. Registration will close at 10am on the day of the CLE.


  • Michael D. Pierce, Vandeventer Black, LLP
  • Peyton Farley, Regent University Law Student

Presentation Highlights:

  • The Climate: Comparing early 20th century race relations in VA and US with recent rise in racial tensions (i.e. BLM movement, 2020 protests).
  • The Numbers: review statistics for racial diversity among judges, lawyers, and law students in VA and the broader US.
  • The Law: reviewing Title VII, VA Anti-discrimination law, Ethics Rules, and Case Law.
  • The Experiences: Testimonies of the shared experiences among racial minorities in the legal profession.
  • The Lessons: Strategies for how to address and fix the problems and meet legal and ethical duties as members of the bench and bar.

Additional Details:

  • Please be prepared to follow any current health and safety mandates in effect in the courthouse at the time of the event.

  • Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, events may be canceled, postponed, or transitioned to virtual programs.

  • All registrants (both in-person and Zoom) will receive a Zoom link and materials in advance of the CLE by email so that attendees can easily change from in-person to remote attendance if needed.

  • If you register for in-person attendance, but are later unable to attend in person, please contact NPBA staff so that an in-person attendance seat can be opened up.

  • Please contact bar association staff at 757 622-3152 or contact@norfolkandportsmouthbar.org if you have any questions.

*Application for approval for this course or program is pending with the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.