PTAB Bar Association Diversity Committee Webinar: Understanding and Overcoming Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession

PTAB Bar Association Diversity Committee Webinar

Understanding and Overcoming Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession

August 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

MarkThe Diversity Committee is proud to present a webinar on the important topic of implicit bias. The panelists will explain what implicit bias is, how it has several negative effects, including negative economic effects on law firms and corporate legal departments, and will offer de-biasing techniques. While there are many types of implicit bias, the focus during this webinar will be on gender and racial biases. The panelists will address how law firms and corporate legal departments can confront and overcome gender and racial implicit biases with a focus on career-sensitive decisions such as hiring and retention.

Shruti Costales (Moderator) – HP Inc.
Andrea Kramer (Panelist) – McDermott, Will & Emery
Alton Harris (Panelist) – Nixon Peabody

This webinar is free to members and non-members, so please feel free to forward this invitation to any contacts that might be interested in the webinar. Registration is available at:

Note: Although Continuing Legal Education Credit (CLE) may be provided for future PTAB Bar Association webinars, which will remain free to members but be available for a small charge to non-members, CLE credit will not be available for this webinar.

Panelist Bios

Shruti Costales is Patent Counsel at HP Inc. She has over fourteen years of experience in patent application preparation and prosecution, patent counseling, transactional matters, and litigation matters. Prior to HP Inc., Shruti was in private practice for about thirteen years, during which she worked for a mid-sized law firm and two patent boutiques. She also successfully founded and ran her own patent boutique for over six years. Shruti is also a former patent examiner in the polymers and fuels technology areas. She earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 2000 and a JD from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire School of Law) in 2003. In addition to serving on the PTAB Bar Association Diversity Committee, Shruti is Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Women in IP Committee.

Andrea (Andie) S. Kramer is a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, and has a multi-disciplinary legal practice that covers all aspects of financial transactions and derivatives, with a focus on taxation, regulation, contract design, trading operations and documentation. She has extensive experience advising energy companies, public utilities, pipelines, generators, power companies, commodity traders, dealers and hedge funds on a variety of transactional and regulatory matters. She has conducted workshops on negotiating energy and natural resource contracts in Malaysia, Egypt, Singapore, Gabon, Kenya, Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire. Andie is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she teaches classes on the taxation of financial derivatives. She is a founding member of her firm’s Diversity Committee and co-chair of its Gender Diversity Subcommittee. She and her husband (and co-panelist) Alton Harris are the authors of the book “Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work.”

Alton (Al) B. Harris is a partner at Nixon Peabody, with a practice focusing on the regulation of financial institutions, products, and services. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, and corporate governance. As an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University Law School, he teaches courses on the regulation of derivative products and the financial markets. He also has served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Program in Financial Services Law at IIT – Chicago Kent College of Law, where he taught courses on the regulation of money managers. He is a co-author of the book “Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work,” along with his wife Andie Kramer.

About the PTAB Bar Association: The PTAB Bar Association helps establish best practices and cooperation among various stakeholders from law firms, industry, and the PTAB itself. It was formed in 2016 by leading legal advocates, with the mission of promoting the highest professional and ethical standards among all stakeholders who appear before the PTAB. To join, or for more details on PTAB Bar Association events and functions, please visit

About the PTAB Bar Association Diversity Committee: The mission of the PTAB Bar Association Diversity Committee is to lead the Association’s efforts to encourage diversity of thought and perspective through recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers and law students, including diversity based on religion, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and age, for active involvement in the overall mission and leadership of the Association.

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