Diversity in the Law Firm, in the Corporate Legal Department & in the Courts: A Crucial Component for a Better Legal System


Diversity in the Law Firm, in the Corporate Legal Department & in the Courts: A Crucial Component for a Better Legal System

Recorded On 05/09/2023


Join NYCLA’s Center for Corporate Governance and an ALL-STAR panel representing law firms, corporate counsel and the courts as they discuss the importance of diversity in the legal profession. Not only does a diverse bar help ensure that the law is applied fairly and without bias, but attorneys from diverse backgrounds also bring new ideas, experiences and perspectives to the workplace, as well as helping to uphold ethical values.


Our panelists will engage in a extremely interactive discussion, with the focus on how senior women in legal departments, outside law firms and the courts see to it that women and other diverse groups play significant roles in their firms, corporations or the courts. They will discuss how hiring is done to achieve Diversity, Inclusion and Equality goals, as well as the importance of mentorship in helping women and other diverse groups adapt and prosper in a new environment, and how to encourage mentorship. The panel will also discuss the effect of the increase in diverse judges in the New York courts, as well as other hot button issues.




Program Co-sponsor: NYCLA’s Center on Corporate Governance


Program Chair: Gregory Markel, Chair, New York Litigation Group, Co-chair, National Commercial and Securities Litigation Practice and Securities and Fiduciary Duty Litigation Group, Member, National Litigation Leadership Team, Seyfarth Shaw LLP


Moderator: Sharon Nelles, Managing Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell’s Litigation Group


Faculty: Allison Cambria, Director and Senior Counsel, Deutsche Bank; Giovanna Ferrari, Co-Chair, San Francisco Litigation Practice Group, Member, National Litigation Leadership and Trial Practice Teams, Seyfarth Shaw LLP;  Diana  Miller, Managing Director, NAM-ICG Regulatory Investigations, Citigroup Inc., Office of General Counsel; Hon. Jennifer G. Schecter, Commercial Division, New York County; Kamil Shields, Partner, Litigation Group, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


1.5 NY Credits: 1 DIEB; 0.5 Ethics; Non-transitional; 1.5 NJ Credits: 1 Ethics (DIEB); 0.5 General



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