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Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: A Business and Moral Imperative

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Description: Hear from Joel Stern, the retired CEO of National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). NAMWOLF’s mission is to “promote diversity in the legal profession by fostering successful relationships among preeminent minority and women owned law firms and private/public entities”. Mr. Stern will share his insights on diversity and inclusion best practices, the impact of unconscious bias on moving the needle, and what in-house legal departments can do to solve versus admiring the challenges we have in the legal profession.
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Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams is a legal talent development expert with over 25 years of experience in success coaching for attorneys and executing high impact programs for law firms. She has created and implemented firm wide initiatives that help attorneys maximize their productivity while maintaining engagement. When individuals produce, a firm increases its profitability. As a talent development leader, she has handled every aspect of an attorney’s firm life from onboarding and integration, through mentoring and training to succession planning and exit interviews.
Dr. Abrahams has published three books with the American Bar Association and regularly publishes articles for Thomson Reuters and American Legal Media.   Known for engaging and educational programs, Dr. Abrahams is a sought-after keynote speaker, program facilitator and law firm advisor.
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Joel Stern was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc. (NAMWOLF) for seven years, recently announcing his retirement effective March, 2021. NAMWOLF, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of over 195 certified minority and women owned law firms in 42 states. NAMWOLF’S mission is to provide corporations the premier place to go to locate and hire minority and women owned law firms of the very highest caliber.
Joel has been actively associated with NAMWOLF since 2004 and has served as a board member and also as chair of the In-House Advisory Council. Prior to his role as CEO with NAMWOLF, he headed his own consulting practice, providing a range of services to corporate law departments and law firms.
Prior to his consulting practice, Joel spent more than 25 years as an in-house counsel for major companies. At Accenture, where he served as Deputy General Counsel from 1996-2010, he acted as chief operating officer for the consulting giant’s 420-member global law department. He also managed all of Accenture’s outside counsel relationships as well as managing North and South America legal matters. While in this role, he was tasked with leading a team of attorneys to create a “best in class” diversity and inclusion legal program, which he remains very proud of.
Joel was a member of Accenture’s US Leadership Team and its global Operations Council, and also part of the firm’s CEO Advisory Counsel. During his tenure, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association gave Accenture its “Employer of Choice” award. Previously, he was Vice President and General Counsel at Advantis, a joint technology services venture between IBM and Sears, where Joel directed all legal functions and managed outside regulatory and government affairs. From 1987-92, he was General Counsel for Sears Technology Services, which made him a key member of the legal team advising on the development and launch of the Discover Card. He began his in-house career in the mid-1980s as a staff counsel with leading insurer Allstate Insurance, then a division of Sears.
Joel’s published articles and regular speaking engagements reflect his zeal for expanding opportunities in the law and providing equality for all. Currently, he has developed an accredited CLE titled “Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: A Business and Moral Imperative” that has been given to hundreds of in-house counsel across the U.S. and has served as a great vehicle to galvanize legal groups to do more in the diversity and inclusion space.
In 2020 Joel was honored with the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) “Lead by Example Award” in recognition of a leading male attorney who supports the advancement of women within his organization. In addition, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Chambers and Partners for his long time diversity and inclusion work in the legal profession.
Joel earned his J.D. in 1984 from Cleveland Marshall College of Law; he graduated magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in 1981 with a B.A. in Political Science. He resides in the Chicago area with his wife, Donna, and his now three grown up daughters who all live within twenty minutes of Joel’s home, Brittany, Amanda and Taylor. He is a first time grandfather to three year old Aidan Joel.


Practice Areas: Elimination of Bias & Diversity in the Legal Profession
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 04/15/2021 2:00 PM EDT
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: Live

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Total Credits: 1
Specialty Credits: Ethics 1
Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: 04/14/2022
Training Type: Online

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