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Spring CLE Series: Unconscious and Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession

Unconscious and implicit bias are prevalent in the legal profession and play a consequential role in hiring, assignments, mentoring, compensation, promotions, and retention in the work place, as well as inclusion and participation in professional organizations.  This presentation will address the following issues:

• Defining Unconscious and Implicit Bias
• Identifying the Implications of Cognitive Associations
• Accessing and Overcoming Unconscious Bias
• Eliminating Implicit Bias
• ABA Model Rules of Professional Contact:  Rule 8.4- Misconduct

Sybil Taylor Aytch is a first-generation American and a native of New York City.  She is an educator and Registered Paralegal who has interviewed, mentored, and trained scores of paralegal students and entry-level paralegals. She writes and speaks frequently on issues related to the paralegal profession including ethics, technology, utilization, professionalism, and diversity and inclusion.  Sybil has extensive experience in complex litigation, commercial bankruptcy law, antitrust law, and trial preparation, specializing in electronic document and discovery management, trial technology, and project administration.

Sybil is the Senior Paralegal in the Commercial Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights group in the Phoenix, Arizona office of the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP.  Prior to moving to Phoenix, she was a Senior Specialist and Coordinator in the Corporate Restructuring group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York for 8 years.

Sybil is also an Adjunct Professor in the ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program at Phoenix College where she teaches Ethics and Professional Practice, Civil Interviewing and Investigation, Bankruptcy, and The Paralegal Profession.  From 2004-2008, she served as a member of the ABA's Standing Commission on Paralegals Approval Commission where she led site visits to review applications for ABA-approval at multiple educational institutions.  She was previously an Assistant Professor at Western International University where she taught Critical Thinking, Civil Procedure, and Comparative Law.

Sybil holds a double Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in French and English from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  She was also educated in Paris, France and earned a Certificat en Littérature in French Literature from l'Université de Paris- La Sorbonne and a Certificat en Sciences Politiques in International Law from l'Institut d'Études Politiques.  She obtained the PACE Registered Paralegal credential in 1999.

Sybil is a member of the Oregon Paralegal Association and has a long history with NFPA.  In 2002, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Local Leadership Award.  From 2007-2010, she served as Ethics Board Chair. Since 2017, she has served as Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee and as Bar Association Coordinator. Sybil is also a founding member of the Paralegal Division of the Maricopa County Bar Association in Phoenix and served as its first President in 2002.  In 2020, she was appointed as Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board for the International Practice Management Association.

Sybil is also the co-author of two published textbooks:  Ethics And Professional Responsibility For Paralegals (8th edition) and Concise Guide To Paralegal Ethics (5th edition).

REGISTRATION FOR THE SPRING CLE SERIES: All sessions will be hosted on IPA's newest member benefit, IPA Connect, and are all FREE for IPA members. Prospective members can attend the entire series for the low cost of $75, or may join the IPA for 2021 and receive the added benefit of dual membership in the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) as well as FREE attendance at all 2021 lunch-and-learns, virtual networking events, and discounted registration for the IPA's Fall Education Conference.

Registration on IPA Connect is required (members will need to be logged in to the IPA Connect platform to register for FREE - if you don't remember your password, enter your email address associated with your IPA membership and click to reset your password).

When it is time to join this webinar, you will log into IPA Connect, click on "Events", then on "Conferences", and join the live event.

Questions? Contact IPA's Executive Director, Yvonne Kriss, at

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Additional Info:
Yvonne Kriss
815-630-3535 (p)
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