CLE for Corporate Legal Departments

Diversity in the Legal Profession: A Moral and Business Imperative

This CLE session will examine the current state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession with a focus on best practices for designing and implementing a “best in class” program. It will touch upon unconscious bias and its huge impact on effectuating positive change in the profession. It will also include a discussion of NAMWOLF, its mission and vision, and how NAMWOLF can help in-house legal groups increase diversity and inclusion while, at the same time, getting high quality and high-value legal services. 

  1. The Legal Profession is Falling Behind in Diversity
  2. The Implications of Lagging in Diversity
  3. The Benefits of Diversity
  4. Unconscious Bias: How to Identify and Overcome
  5. Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices within Legal Departments
  6. NAMWOLF and its Mission

Leslie D. Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. NAMWOLF, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of over 190 minority and women owned law firms in 43 states. NAMWOLF’S mission is to provide corporations with a premier   platform to locate and hire minority and women owned law firms of the very highest caliber.

For over two decades, Leslie has served as lead counsel for many jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, obtaining favorable verdicts for her clients in complex and high-stakes cases. Leslie’s contagious energy and valuable insight mixed with her natural talent has been her formula for success.  Comfortable and assured, with a special brand of “no nonsense” is what makes Leslie a favored litigator, a trusted advisor and an effective leader. Leslie is recognized as a connector, a mentor and a trailblazer among her peers, colleagues and friends. She is a sought-after speaker and has helped many organizations and educational institutions with her presentations on diversity, core energy leadership and social media. 

This session has been certified in most jurisdictions for (1) credit hour of Eliminating Bias in the Legal Profession.