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Friday, September 24 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Will The Real Legal Professional Please Stand Up? Understanding and Confronting Imposter Syndrome

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Impostor Syndrome is a real psychological phenomenon that consists of second-guessing oneself, feeling like a fraud, and being shrouded in self-doubt at work. Women do not corner the market on impostor syndrome, but women certainly are plagued by this dug-in fear of inadequacy as professionals working in the legal field where high levels of achievement, dire and unpredictable client outcomes, and people-pleasing can occur. This presentation will provide an overview of impostor syndrome as well as an exploration of the intersectionality of gender in professional work and the biases that result. Solutions for overcoming feelings of impostor syndrome and addressing workplace bias will be brainstormed and discussed in this solution-focused session.

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Stephanne Thornton

Criminal Justice Specialist, (WV) Public Defender Services
Stephanne Cline Thornton is the criminal justice specialist for Public Defender Services’ Public Defender Corporation Resource Center in West Virginia, where she assists public defenders across the state with research and mitigation, conducts trainings, and writes grants on behalf... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT