Kirsten Scheurer Branigan was a signatory to an article entitled, “A Call to Action: Stay Calm and Carry On (Legally) in the Wake of Anti-DEI Directives” that was drafted by Careen Ulrich Stacy (CEO of Diversity Lab), Sandra Yamate (CEO of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession), and Leslie Davis (CEO of NAMWOLF) and published on June 30, 2023 on Law.com. The article provides guidance and clarity for public and private organizations with DEI efforts in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to end race-conscious affirmative action in college admissions. Click here to read the article in full.
KSBranigan Law will be hosting a complimentary Lunch and Learn Program on October 17, 2023, entitled, “Impact on DEI in the Wake of the SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling.” This program will include a discussion about the United States Supreme Court decisions on two important cases that could have broad implications for employers. One related to affirmative action and DEI efforts, and the other related to religious accommodations.
Ms. Branigan is a recognized leader and a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion in the legal profession and heightened awareness of attorney mental health and substance use awareness.
In 2023, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers Law School-Newark in the International Human Rights Clinic where she helped launch a first-of-its-kind study that will broadly focus on solutions to the advancement and retention challenges faced by women in the New Jersey legal profession. She previously led a revitalization of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, serving as its President continues to sit on its Board. In 2021, she was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program. In July 2023, she was reappointed to serve a three-year term.
Ms. Branigan speaks and write on the importance of DEI, including in the legal profession.
Improving Your Legal Talent Recruiting and Retention: Creating Dynamic Workforces in an Ever-Changing Market, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Panelist, (Virtual, June 8, 2023)
How to Create an Inclusive (and Diverse) Environment in Your Hybrid Law Office, Practising Law Institute (NYC, May 12, 2023)
Understanding the Impact of Racial Trauma: Supporting the Mental Health of Minority Attorneys, New Jersey State Bar Association Convention (Atlantic City, May 18, 2023)
Out of Sight, Out of Mind and Other Pitfalls for Women Who Work Remotely, New Jersey State Bar Association Convention (Atlantic City, May 18, 2023)
Mindfulness & Well-Being, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (Virtual, April 21, 2023)
“The Carousel Awaits: One Woman Lawyers Success Journey in Law and Family,” Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice, Practising Law Institute (May 2023)
“DEI and Bias Prevention Training in Schools is NOT Teaching Critical Race Theory But IS Critical to Ensure Respectful Treatment for All,” New Jersey Law Journal (December 5, 2022) (co-author)
KSBranigan Law is a member of NAMWOLF, and supports its mission is to promote diversity in the legal profession by fostering successful relationships among preeminent minority and women owned law firms and private/public entities and its vision is to achieve equity in legal opportunity through minority and women owned law firms.