Culture of Respect


POLICY ON HATE SPEECH

The Trial Lawyers College, a private organization whose members commit to fight for equality and justice, seeks to foster and nourish an open atmosphere of caring for people that reflects TLC’s Mission Statement in word and in spirit. 

In an intimate and trust-based community such as ours, the corrosive effect of hate speech is too great for hate speech to be countenanced.  Therefore TLC prohibits conduct (oral, written, graphic or physical) that targets any person or group of persons because of their race, age, creed, religion, national origin, physical abilities, gender, or sexual orientation; and conduct that has the purpose or the reasonably foreseeable effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating, or hostile environment for that person or group of persons.

If students or staff believe that hate speech must be presented in the context of a teaching exercise or personal psychodrama (for example, because hate speech was used against or by a client, or against a student), TLC strongly urges the speaker to provide a preface of the word or words to be used and the reason therefor.  TLC also trains and strongly urges staff to be mindful of the impact of hate speech on the hearer, even in a teaching exercise, and to process with the group the use of hate speech in any exercise or personal psychodrama.