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“Unconscious Bias/Threat and Relevance in the Legal Field” CLE Program

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Leslie Richards-Yellen, JD `84, Jordan Yellen, JD `15
Law School Alumni Affairs

You are cordially invited to a Cornell Law School digital Continuing Legal Education presentation.
“Unconscious Bias/Threat and Relevance in the Legal Field” CLE Program
The legal industry is slowly making strides to diversify and to create a more inclusive workplace. As human beings, our everyday decision-making is inevitably affected by biases. As attorneys, it is important to understand these biases in order to avoid career impacting consequences.
Join Leslie Richards-Yellen, JD ’84, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Debevoise and Plimpton and Jordan Yellen, JD’15, MBA '15, Associate at Goodwin Procter for a discussion on how attorneys can better understand their own biases and what steps the legal industry should consider when trying to create a more inclusive workplace.
Thursday, March 4, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00PM ET
Atendees will be eligible to receive 1 NY CLE credit in the area of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. This program is appropriate for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys.

Leslie Richards-Yellen, JD '84
Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP
Leslie Richards-Yellen, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, practiced law for over 30 years as both a partner and an in-house lawyer (Vanguard). She serves on the Board of Cornell Black Lawyers Alumni Network, the Advisory Board for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, a member of the Scenic Hudson Board, and an Independent Board Member for City Different Investments. She formerly served as President of the National Association of Women Lawyers, a Board Member for Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, a Commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (and Chair of the Diversity Committee), Chair of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Firms, and a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (currently the Financial Industry Regulation Authority) Fixed Income Committee.

Leslie was awarded the Chicago Bar Association’s “Vanguard Award” which honors individuals who have made the legal profession more accessible and reflective of the community at large and the Ms. JD “Sharing Her Passion Award” for inspiring younger women lawyers. She also received the “Woman of Excellence Award” from the Chicago Defender Newspaper.
Leslie earned her undergraduate degree from Drake University and her J.D. from Cornell Law School.

Jordan Yellen, JD '15, MBA '15

Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP
Jordan Yellen is an associate in Goodwin Procter LLP’s Financial Industry Group. She represents a range of financial services firms including, venture capital funds, investment advisers, and asset managers. Jordan’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and equity investments. Prior to joining Goodwin, she was a finance associate at Winston & Strawn LLP. While at Cornell, she served on the executive board of the Black Law Students Association, Latin American Law Students Association, Cornell Law Students Association and the JD/MBA Society.
Jordan earned her undergraduate degree from Haverford College and her JD/MBA from Cornell.
Please register ON-LINE by Tuesday, March 2. Should you have any questions,
please email
You will receive the login instructions via Zoom when you register.