A03 Words Matter (2022CLC-A03) -Room 22/23

Monday, June 13, 2022

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

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DE&I Track

Presented by the DE&I Committee

About the Program

Words matter.  As Gautama Buddha said: “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”  Words can hurt, help, or heal.  Many words have nuances and hidden meanings, known mostly within social, racial, and ethnic groups, and often unappreciated for better and worse by others.  Some words can be used directly to discriminate.  Some words are wrongly and hurtfully used without conscious intention but sometimes with implicit bias. Some words may be used to help and heal and demonstrate inclusiveness and a shared appreciation of what is common across a wide range of groups.

You Will Learn

•    How words alone can hurt, help, and heal;
•    How to increase your understanding of words that may be the parlance of others, but uncommon to you; and
•    How you can become more respectful of others by appreciating their use of words, their boundaries, and their expectations though candid conversations and a willingness to engage in a dialogue and learning process.

CLE Credit

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (Ethics)

Financial hardship information is available upon request.



Hon Dawne Westbrook Hon. Dawne Westbrook
Chief Administrative Judge of Juvenile Matters, Rockville

Maggie Castinado Maggie Castinado
CBA President, Office of the Public Defender, New Haven

Michelle M. Duprey
City of New Haven—Office of Corporation Counsel, New Haven

Beck Fineman Beck S. Fineman
Ryan Ryan Deluca LLP, Bridgeport

K Flaherty1 Kathy Flaherty
Connecticut Legal Rights Project Inc., Middletown

Joy Gary1 Joy A. Gary
George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, Hartford

Sheila Hayre1 Sheila Hayre
Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven

C Ikari1 Carolyn A. Ikari
Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Alex Kapitan1 Alex Kapitan
Radical Copyeditor