Allyship for Lawyers in an Awakened America

Many consider themselves an “ally” of the LGBTQ+ or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities and other marginalized groups. However, “allyship” is different; it’s the action part of being an ally. And because we’re human—which means we’re often afraid or confused—we often don’t engage in true allyship.

In the 2020s, when we’ve finally begun to understand how the system has historically favored white people over others, what does true allyship look like, particularly for legal professionals inside and out of their workplaces?

In this talk, Ellie Krug will discuss fear as a hurdle to allyship and offer strategies for how to approach workplace and everyday situations where it’s necessary to speak up on behalf of others. Additionally, Ellie will offer tips on apology and forgiveness, which are critical to true allyship.

As legal professionals, it’s time for us to get allyship right. This talk is a start.

Speaker Bio

In 2009, when she was a civil trial attorney in Cedar Rapids with 100+ trials, Ellen (Ellie) Krug transitioned from male to female; she later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. The author of “Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change” (2013), Ellie has trained on diversity and inclusion to court systems, law firms, Fortune 100 corporations, and colleges/universities on nearly 1,000 occasions.

A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her inclusivity training, Gray Area Thinking®, across the country. In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of “25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights” and in 2019, OutFront Minnesota conferred Ellie its Legacy Award. She is also a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and a weekly radio host on AM950 radio. Her monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, reaches 9000+ readers and can be found at

Ellie presently lives in the Twin Cities metro and is the founder and president of Human Inspiration Works, LLC (