Motley Speaker Series: Structural Racism and Financial Services (EMS201112)

November 12, 2020

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)


The Constance Baker Motley Speaker Series on Racial Inequality is presented by the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in collaboration and co-sponsorship with the Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF) and James W. Cooper Fellows

About the Program

This panel will feature legal scholars and experts who study historical and ongoing inequities in our banking system and financial services more broadly, and/or who are actively engaged in working to address those inequities through policy activism and innovation within the industry.

You Will Learn

  • About the history of how banking, shaped by broader racist social and economic policies, has contributed to and perpetuated the racial wealth gap over generations
  • How community development banking seeks to address racial inequities in banking, with specific focus on Connecticut
  • About specific aspects of finance that continue to disproportionately poorly serve people of color, including bank overdraft practices, predatory lending and the student loan industry

Who Should Attend

Any attorney who would like to learn more about the role that the financial services industry has played in creating and perpetuating the racial wealth gap, and the ways in which it could become a force for positive change.




Mehrsa Baradaran Mehrsa Baradaran
University of California Irvine School of Law, Irvine, CA

Rebecca Borne Rebecca Borné
Center for Responsible Lending, New Haven

Ashley Harrington Ashley Harrington
Center for Responsible Lending, New York, NY

Rolan Young Rolan Joni Young
McCarter & English LLP, Hartford


Annie Harper Annie Harper
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven

CLE Credit

CT: 1.5 CLE Credits (Ethics)

*Electronic materials are included in the price of the seminar. Any materials for this seminar will be e-mailed to registrants prior to the seminar for download. No paper copies will be provided. If the seminar is recorded, all member registrants will receive complimentary access to the recording approximately six weeks after the program.


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