Diversity in the Corporate Boardroom, Courts and the Legal Profession


Diversity in the Corporate Boardroom, Courts and the Legal Profession

Recorded On 01/29/2021


Join NYCLA’s Center for Corporate Governance for a look at diversity, bias and the steps that can be taken to address the issues in the courtroom, legal profession and corporate boardroom.

Panel 1: Corporate Social Accountability and Emerging Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Goals and Regulations

An overview of the current climate of increased focus on corporate social accountability and on emerging environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and regulations, as well as new theories of liability and litigation against Boards and individual officers and directors related to corporate ESG disclosures, and the duties and obligations of corporate Boards to promote diversity, and the benefits a corporation receives, both financial and intangible, when it increases diversity.

Panel 2: Importance of Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Corporate Law Departments and the Private Practice of Law

The panel of corporate counsel and law firm attorneys, will discuss the importance of promoting diversity and inclusivity in the private practice of law and within corporations from differing perspectives and experiences, how to recognize implicit bias, strategies for dealing with instances of bias, and policies and procedures that can be implemented to correct deficiencies. The uneven results in achieving increased diversity in the law will be discussed, as well as the importance of ensuring legal opportunities for attorneys of diverse backgrounds going forward.

Panel 3: The Role of the Courts in Fostering Diversity Within the Legal Profession

Our distinguished panel will focus on the role of the courts in fostering diversity within the legal practice. They will discuss court efforts to encourage diverse parties’ participation in the courtroom, as well as, a recent review of the polices, practices and organizations within the NYS court system that are intended to address racial bias. They will also touch on their personal experiences of implicit bias and discrimination and the need to improve diversity amongst federal and state judges.



Program Chair and Moderator: Gregory Markel, Chair, NY Litigation and Corp. Governance, National Litigation Leadership, Chair Securities Litigation,Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chair, NYCLA’s Center for Corporate Governance

FacultyHon. Denny Chin, Ct. of Appeals, 2d Cir.;Jeh Johnson, Paul Weiss, former Secretary of Homeland Security, Special Advisor on Equal Justice in the NYS Courts; Hon. Saliann Scarpulla, NY App. Div., 1st Dept.;Akinyemi T. Akiwowo, Executive Director, Global Litigation, Legal and Compliance Division, Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance; Marla Alhadeff, Associate General Counsel, McKinsey & Co.; Lindsay Callantine, National Director, Legal Recruiting, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; ErikaEngelson, Head of Americas Litigation, Deutsche Bank AG; Tracee E. Davis, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP;  Tara Griffin, VP & Asst. General Counsel, JP Morgan Chase & Co.; Brad Karp, Chairman, Paul Weiss Rifkin Wharton and Garrison;  Ameena Y. Majid, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP


3.5 NY CLE Credits; 2.5 Ethics, 1 DIEB


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