How to Effectively Incorporate Race Equity into Your Litigation and Advocacy Strategies (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 1.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Price: $79 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 12/31/2025


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the June 2022 webcast, How to Effectively Incorporate Race Equity into Your Litigation and Advocacy Strategies.

Topics Covered

  • Learn to examine your clients’ legal problems through the lens of race equity
  • Explore the historical context and development of race-equity advocacy
  • Examine how these concepts can be put into practice to help your clients

Racial inequity in both Virginia and the country as a whole began when the first slaves were brought to America. It continues to manifest itself today in the forms of measurable racial disparities in many different ways including wealth, educational attainment, incarceration rates, disease prevalence, and homeownership just to name a few. This seminar encourages every lawyer to examine a client’s legal problems using a race-equity lens to determine whether litigation or advocacy strategies involving legal claims related to racial discrimination should be pursued. This viewpoint helps to inform legal representation in the following areas:

  1. Systemically—do your client’s legal problems arise from systemic structural racism for which legal remedies are available?
  2. Individually—do your client’s legal problems arise from discrimination emanating from one or more individuals?
  3. Internally—how can you best advocate for clients that are of a different race or ethnicity than yourself?

Learn about the historical context of race-equity advocacy and why this is important to lawyers individually and to the legal profession as a whole. This overview is followed by a substantive discussion of potential legal claims to combat the inequalities, a survey of case law regarding those claims, and litigation and advocacy strategies that can advance racial equity for your clients.

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Karl A. Doss, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia / Richmond
Steven Fischbach, Virginia Poverty Law Center / Richmond


Karl A. Doss, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia / Richmond

On January 3, 2018, Karl A. Doss became the Deputy Director of the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia (LSCV), which develops, funds, coordinates, and oversees the delivery of civil legal services to the poor in Virginia through the work of nine regional Legal Aid programs and a statewide support center comprising 35 offices that serve every city and county in Virginia. He chairs the Virginia Legal Aid IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Project, the Virginia Voices for Legal Aid Project, and the Virginia Legal Aid (COVID-19) Crisis Response Committee. He is also a member of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission and serves on the Commission’s Pro Bono, Outreach and Education, and Judicial Education Committees. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of IOLTA Programs (NAIP) and co-chairs NAIP’s Racial Justice Committee.

Prior to joining LSCV, Mr. Doss served as the

  • Director Access to Legal Services, Virginia State Bar, Richmond, VA (August 2013 to December 2017)
  • Associate Director of Training, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Washington, DC (2013)
  • Director of Training and Professional Development, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Washington, DC (2009 to 2012)
  • Director of the Department of Judicial Programs, Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Richmond, VA (2006–2008)
  • Director of Training and Human Resources, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Richmond, VA (2003–2006)
  • Deputy Public Defender, Norfolk (VA) Public Defender's Office (2002–2003)
  • Staff Attorney, Children’s Law Center, Brooklyn, NY (2000–2002)
  • Referee of Family Court, Hennepin County District Court, Minneapolis, MN (1997–2000)
  • Assistant County Attorney (prosecutor), Hennepin County Attorney's Office, Minneapolis, MN (1990–1997)
  • Assistant Hennepin County Public Defender, Minneapolis, MN (1987–1990)

Mr. Doss has served on the Board of Directors of National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts since 2009 and currently serves in an Emeritus capacity. He has been a presenter at numerous trainings and continuing legal education programs on the subjects of legal aid program evaluations, pro bono, indigent defense leadership and management, criminal law and justice policy, client interviewing skills, juvenile justice, attorney ethics, racial justice, and diversity in the law. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1986 and his B.A. in Political Science/Sociology from Tulane University in 1983.

Steven Fischbach, Virginia Poverty Law Center / Richmond

Steve Fischbach is currently the Litigation Director for the Virginia Poverty Law Center, the state support center for all Legal Aid programs in Virginia. Before moving to Virginia Mr. Fischbach worked for 30 years at Rhode Island Legal Services, pioneering the practice of Community Lawyering in a legal services setting. His legal experience spans a variety of racial justice issues, including environmental justice, community reinvestment and disinvestment, urban school reform, siting of low-income housing and facilities for the homeless, and preservation of public and subsidized housing units. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his law degree from Boston University Law School.

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