Leslie Richards-Yellen Discusses Proposed ABA Workplace Bias Ethics Rule With The New York Times

August 4, 2016

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. 

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.