Leslie Richards-Yellen Discusses Proposed ABA Workplace Bias Ethics Rule With The New York Times
Leslie Richards-Yellen — Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and a New York-based partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP — spoke with The New York Times about harassment and discrimination by lawyers in the course of practicing law, and a proposed amendment to an American Bar Association Model Rule of Professional Conduct to prohibit it. A portion of her comments were include in the article "Bar Association Considers Striking 'Honeys' From the Courtroom," published on August 4, 2016.
In the article, Ms. Richards-Yellen — who also is president of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), which supports the proposed professional rules amendment — recounted a story involving a young African-American associate at a firm where she once practiced. "The opposing counsel called her a racially insulting name, trying to throw sand in her face and get her off balance. . . . She called me trying to decide whether she should fight back or stay calm and just complete the job for the client — which is what she decided to do."
To read the full article, "Bar Association Considers Striking 'Honeys' From the Courtroom," visit The New York Times website.
Ms. Richards-Yellen concentrates her practice in the public finance arena and has experience as in-house counsel. Since 2007 she has served as borrower's and issuer's counsel and workout counsel in more than $3 billion in financings.