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Breast Cancer Awareness: Another Reason Doctors Should Practice Emotional Intelligence

(4) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 5:35 PM

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is marked by a number of quiet contradictions. Pink, a color which once connoted naïve girlie softness, was reclaimed and is the symbol of women on a mission to stamp out breast cancer by any means necessary. We laugh with newly made friends as we participate...

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Sainz and the Jets: A Modern Day Cliché

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 4:45 PM

Last Saturday, Ines Sainz, a female reporter for Azteca television in Mexico, became the fresh meat of the Jets locker room. As she tried to do her job as a reporter, she was continually interrupted by lewd sexual comments from some of the players. While most of the reports about...

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The Case Against Corporate Responsibility Misses the Point

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 3:58 PM

Yesterday seemed like a day of zero-sum games for me. When I asked my Legal Aspects of Human Resources class to describe the role of today's HR manager, my students painted HR managers as either a watchdog for the company or an employee advocate. When, I spoke with first-year medical...

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Sexual Harassment: The Top Ten Signs That You Are Buying More Than Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 11:08 AM

Are you amazed when some of the smartest business men take some of the dumbest risks in their careers -- and reputations? Thanks to a sexual harassment allegation cooked up by Gloria Allred, Mark Hurd, the soon-to-be former CEO of Hewlett Packard joins the list of top executives who will...

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When Victims of Discrimination Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

(6) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 3:20 PM

Immediately after reading the news flash about another unfortunate shooting in a Connecticut workplace, I said a prayer for wounded and then searched for information about the shooter's motivation. I was not surprised when I read on that the alleged shooter told his uncle, "I killed the five racists...

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How Law Schools Could Improve Law Firm Diversity

(4) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 9:11 AM

Last Friday I opened an invitation to my law school reunion and I realized how far I have come since my days as a 1L. I can hold my own with Westlaw and if my life depended on it I could still write a brief. I even remember a few...

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Rahm Emanuel's "Retarded" Comment

(12) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 10:35 AM

When the news leaked that President Obama's Chief of Staff called liberals an expletive laden form of "retards," I remembered a similarly clumsy incident with a diversity officer for a major corporation.

During a diversity event to highlight the achievements of the company's employees with disabilities, the diversity officer...

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That Was Mighty White of You Chris Matthews

(31) Comments | Posted February 1, 2010 | 7:02 AM

So, by now you have probably heard the jokes and fallout over MSNBC political pundit Chris Matthews' infamous "postracial" comment. In a moment of frat boy giddiness, an amped up Matthews was so excited by the greatness of the President's State of the Union address that he "forgot that the...

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ABC's The Deep End Has Law Firm Diversity Dead On

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 7:49 AM

Last Thursday, I huddled around a big bowl of microwave popcorn ready to dismiss ABC's new show about young, good-looking lawyers as dangerous fiction that falsely lures smart college kids who sucked at math to pursue law. However, there is a kernel of reality in this show that every black...

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How Did You Spend MLK Day?

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 5:43 PM

After 24 years of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I should have a game plan for how I want to celebrate this holiday -- but I don't.

Life was much simpler in 1986 when the holiday was signed into law and observed. I was in elementary school in...

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Busted By Cellphone Tiger?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 5:01 PM

I have to admit that there are benefits to being a man's man. When my cousin, one of the most macho men I know, heard about Tiger's 2 a.m. car crash, he confidently said, "I bet you there's another woman involved." My cousin could have broken the story that has...

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The Dual Identity of the Upwardly Mobile

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 2:24 PM

I recently came across a survey of the top ten stressors during the holidays. Surprise, family was ranked as one of our top ten stressors. As a diversity attorney, this makes perfect sense to me.

Diversity in our families is often eschewed. Let's be honest, rarely do we think of...

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Users in Today's Job Market

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 2:34 PM

Last week, I received a random email from a woman I met briefly a few years ago. Although I made a few attempts to stay in touch with her over the years, she never returned my emails or telephone calls. However, now she was ready to be best...

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Could Class Ever TrumP Race in America?

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 6:00 PM

During a recent trip to Chile, I had an interesting conversation with a Brazilian traveler about--of course--ethnicity and class. When we landed on the topic of race, he could not understand why Americans use race as a prefix for our nationality--for example, Black American, Asian American, etc. He asked me,...

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David Letterman's Collateral Damage

(82) Comments | Posted October 2, 2009 | 11:19 AM

I'm usually the last person to hear about pop culture scandals and other news I can't use. When Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson and VH-1 reality contestant "Punk" had a baby last month, I was shocked. When I watched this year's MTV Video Music Awards, I wondered who the heck is...

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Managing the Kanye West and Joe Wilson in Your Workplace

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2009 | 3:33 PM

September seemed like the month where we should have been sending some adults back to school -- obedience school. We had Kanye West, the self-appointed arbiter of good music, snatching microphones out of MTV music award winners' hands. We had Joe Wilson, today's most popular Congressman from South Carolina, who...

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Did Joe Wilson Cross the Line Between Civil Disobedience and Incivility?

(12) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 6:36 PM

Over a week ago, Joe Wilson, the Congressman from South Carolina, hurled the heckle heard around the world -- and we're still talking about it. Post-outburst, he stands by calling the President a liar and believes that the health care bill would be wrong for the American people because of...

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Joe Wilson -- This One's Too Easy

(16) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 9:21 PM

Once again, my poor President's health care initiative has been buried by an act of someone acting stupidly. After a South Carolina Congressman shouted that the President was a liar, the news has been deluged with stories about Joe Wilson. I think more people can tell you more about Rep....

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Today's Lesson: Undermining a Black Man's Authority in 2009

(26) Comments | Posted September 5, 2009 | 10:21 AM

After President Obama's historic election win, the premature declaration of the day was that America was a post racial society. Both, the well meaning and impatient, were eager to put America's shameful history of discrimination and harassment against racial groups--particularly blacks -- behind them. How could America still see racial...

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Uh Oh, Here We Go Again with Ebonics 2.0

(88) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 3:20 PM

Teacher U, a collaboration of teaching organizations -- including Teach for America -- made a frail attempt to exhume the 1990's Ebonics debacle by acknowledging African American English in their training curriculum. After having their teachers-in-training read the article, Phonological Features of Chile African American English, which appeared in a...

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