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

Joel Stern 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.

Prior to this role, Joel was the Global Deputy General Counsel and COO Legal at Accenture.  Joel managed the Americas Legal Team and had primary responsibilities as the Chief Operations Officer of the 420+ member global legal group managing all legal operations including finance, IT, human resources, communications, facilities, and support services. Additionally, he managed all outside counsel relationships across the globe.  During his tenure at Accenture, he was also tasked with revitalizing and then leading the Accenture Contract Management group.

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