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Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaints (2021)

Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassments Complaints (2021)

Credits: 1.0 EIJ
Originally presented on December 9, 2021 as part of the Women in Law Symposium.

Ann Taylor and Jane Gagne provide an overview of the sexual harassment and discrimination complaint process, as well as satistics on bullying and harassment within the profession. They also provide a discussion on ethics rules, violations, examples, identifiers, and consequences.

Anne Taylor is Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Disciplinary Board of the New Mexico Supreme Court Ms. Taylor has been with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel since January of 2002, starting as Assistant Disciplinary Counsel and then later serving as Deputy Disciplinary Counsel before becoming Chief in 2020. She is involved in all levels of attorney discipline, including investigating and prosecuting complaints against attorneys, investigating petitions for reinstatement to the practice of law, monitoring attorneys on probation, and filing petitions for reciprocal discipline. She also serves as a liaison to the Supreme Court’s Client Protection Fund and as Special Counsel to the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners. She is a member of the National Organization of Bar Counsel and has taught numerous continuing legal education programs in legal ethics, particularly in the areas of lawyer fees and trust accounting.

Jane Gagne graduated from UNM School of Law in 1994. After working as an associate in two small law firms and then with a law partner, she became a solo practitioner practicing plaintiff’s employment and civil rights law. In January 2011, she took a position as assistant disciplinary counsel for the Disciplinary Board. She investigates and prosecutes complaints against attorneys, including on review to the New Mexico Supreme Court; investigates petitions for reinstatement to the practice of law; monitors attorneys on probation; and files petitions for reciprocal discipline. She also serves as special prosecutor to the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners in character and fitness hearings.