Now in its 4th year, Law’s Talent and Diversity Forum brings together industry leaders to share insights on what can actually increase diversity in the legal industry. With the emergence of new technologies and increased data analysis, the industry has seen significant shifts in recruiting and retention strategies and the emergence of an operations and value-driven business model. But what does this mean for diversity?
On November 8, Law will explore the various drivers that can impact the success of diversity and inclusion initiatives in firms and legal departments. We’ll explore:
This event will offer an opportunity to connect directly with your peers in a workshop format to formulate a plan to advance your own diversity and inclusion goals in light of today’s changing legal business landscape.
November 8, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1101 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Who Should Attend:
Senior attorneys committed to advancing diversity & inclusion for their organization, including corporate counsel, diversity professionals and law firm partners.
In order to facilitate an open, peer-to-peer dialogue and provide a valuable learning experience for participants, registration is only open to in-house counsel, diversity professionals, law firm partners, and limited number of industry thought leaders, as well as conference sponsors. Law reserves the right to refuse any registrations not meeting our qualifications.
8:00 AM Breakfast & Forum Registration
8:30 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:35 AM Driving Diversity: The Inside Scoop
What does it mean for a corporate law department to make a commitment to increasing diversity through data? What’s the next step forward for those who have pledged to use the American Bar Association’s Model Diversity Survey? Two general counsel sit down for a conversation about what it means to make metrics a priority and how they’ve been making sense of newly collected data.
Interviewed by: Cesca Antonelli, Editor-in-Chief, think and code
9:00 AM Harnessing Diversity in the Changing Business of Law
The business of law is different, according to every lawyer ever told to look at other business models as inspiration. And the business of law is changing — rapidly. But what does that mean? Our panel of legal professionals will explore how the legal marketplace is changing — for good and bad — and how those changes will affect diversity — for better and worse. The session will examine how evolving talent pipelines, business models, jobs and technologies can be used to increase diversity in the profession, changing and newly created roles, and technology – are impacting diversity within the legal industry. Leaders will discuss how they have taken advantage of these evolutions to achieve success.
Moderated by: Terri Hartwell Easter, Principal of T.H. Easter Consulting
9:40 AM Numbers Don’t Lie: Leveraging Data To Increase Diversity
For years now, law firms and legal departments have been collecting a significant amount of data on their internal processes, including billing data, matter assignments, and talent development. So how can leaders harness this data in order to meet their diversity goals? This panel session will explore how legal industry leaders can access the data they are already collecting to ensure they are promoting diversity in their pipeline and their workplace.
Moderated by: Stacy Hawkins, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
10:20 AM Workshop: Taking the Driver’s Seat
During this workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to establish an index regarding various drivers of diversity and work with colleagues who share similar prioritization to identify concrete steps forward in the future of the legal industry. Groups will develop strategies to meet diversity goals while leveraging available data and emerging technologies.
Law’s Talent & Diversity Forum Facilitators will guide an interactive discussion to solicit real time feedback on how data, technology and other changes in the legal profession might change the way they are currently solving talent and diversity challenges.Workshop participants will learn from each other and industry experts on what is working and what steps they can take to overcome current challenges.
The workshop will include roundtable discussions and reporting from our expert discussion guides.
11:40 AM Closing Remarks
Ricardo A. Anzaldua is Executive Vice President and Senior Legal Advisor to CEO Don Layton of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) and after a transition period is expected to succeed Bill McDavid as Freddie Mac’s General Counsel. He was appointed to this position on May 14, 2018.
From December 2012 to December 2017, Anzaldua served as General Counsel and as Special Advisor to the CEO of MetLife. In that role he led the 1,000+ person team comprising the company’s global legal operations, corporate secretary’s office, corporate ethics and compliance group and government affairs operation. He designed and led the execution of the Company’s one-of-a-kind successful legal challenge of its too-big-to-fail designation under the Dodd-Frank Act.
Anzaldua joined MetLife from The Hartford Financial Services Group, where he was Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel. There, he led legal support for the two largest operating divisions (commercial and consumer markets) after a three-year tenure serving as Corporate Secretary and leading the legal teams supporting the company’s general corporate functions, including securities and m&a, tax, intellectual property & technology, bankruptcy and real estate. Prior to joining The Hartford, Anzaldua was a partner with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. He began his legal career with the firm upon graduation from Harvard Law School in 1990.
Amanda Allen is Team Lead – Regulatory & Compliance on the Content & Analysis team at Law. She develops legal reference content and practical guidance tools across a variety of corporate and transactional topics including corporate compliance and investigations, corporate legal department management, antitrust, and alternative entities. At Law, Amanda volunteers with youth mentoring programs and is a co-chair of the company's LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Amanda received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Chicago and her JD from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Cesca Antonelli was named editor-in-chief of think and code in 2018. She most recently served as a senior executive editor at News, where she was responsible for data visualization, graphics, and visual media.
Antonelli spent 19 years with News as a reporter and editor in five bureaus, and ran teams around the world.At News, Antonelli helped build the company news coverage in the Americas and throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She was Washington bureau chief and managed the company’s global “front page,” Top Worldwide.
Before joining , she was a reporter at business newspapers in San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Antonelli has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Latin American history from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dorie Blesoff is the Chief People Officer at Relativity whose market-leading e-discovery platform helps legal professionals around the world organize complex data, discover the truth, and act on it. Based in Chicago with an increasingly global presence, Relativity has seen rapid growth during Dorie’s tenure and continues to exhibit a dynamic and sustainable culture while producing excellent business results. Driven by a firm belief in exceeding expectations, embracing all talents, and enjoying the challenge, Relativity has been laser-focused on cultivating its core values and investing in continuous learning to evolve its culture. Relativians benefit from multiple initiatives such as a robust selection process, monthly performance coaching, impactful training opportunities, career mapping, and other self-organizing development opportunities across the company. Committed to the principles of a growth mindset, Dorie serves as an adjunct faculty at Northwestern University’s School of Education & Social Policy in the Learning & Organizational Change degree programs — a role for which she received the Outstanding Professor award in 2008.
Larry Chattoo is an Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President with Bank of America, N.A., providing legal counsel to the bank’s Federal Public Policy and State Government Relations divisions. In this role, Larry engages with the bank’s in-house federal and state lobbyists, senior executives, and other internal stakeholders to identify, analyze, and formulate strategic responses to emerging and current international, federal, and state legislative and regulatory issues to ensure Bank of America forms regulatory policy in a robust, coherent, and efficient manner.
Prior to Bank of America, Larry worked as an associate at various law firms. He joined Bank of America in 2010 as an Assistant General Counsel. In 2013, he was selected to become a member of the Legal Department’s senior leadership. He was promoted to Associate General Counsel in 2017. Larry is currently a member of the Legal Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Business Council and Co-Chair of Bank of America’s Military Support & Assistance Group, an internal veterans affinity group consisting of 39 chapters and over 9,000 members across the country. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Legal Department’s Pro Bono Committee. He was nominated as Bank of America’s 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”) Fellow and selected as a 2016 Rising Star by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
Larry currently works in Washington, D.C., and resides in Arlington, VA with his wife and two children.
Taylor Cross specializes in diversity & inclusion in the legal field. Taylor is on the Global Diversity team at Paul Hastings LLP. In her role, she implements impactful firm-wide D&I educational programming, manages the Paul Hastings Affinity Networks and the Women’s Initiative in order to foster a culture of inclusion, and further emboldens the business case for diversity at the firm through various thought leadership projects. Taylor previously supported the Diversity Leadership Committee at Latham & Watkins LLP. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied Political Science and Gender Studies.
Terri Hartwell Easter is the founder and Principal of T. H. Easter Consulting. Terri was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Crowell & Moring, and is a highly regarded professional services firms, organizational change strategist for leading utility companies, commercial banks and the White House. Terri’s trademark is bringing new approaches and innovative thinking to some of the toughest human resource management challenges and most aggressive revenue enhancement goals. Understanding that at the heart of every organization is its people, Terri’s pragmatic, informed approach leads to lasting positive outcomes both for individuals and for an entire organization’s culture.
Terri works with clients to renew and refine matters of culture, operational excellence and talent management to create pathways to business effectiveness and growth. She has both national and international experience with management and operational expertise across the United States and in countries around the world including Belgium, Egypt, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. She knows how to work authentically with a company’s culture to create an environment where everyone can thrive.
Nikia Gray serves as the managing partner of the firm's Washington, D.C. office and is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group, devoting most of her practice to district court litigation, particularly high-stakes competitor litigation, in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition. Nikia also has extensive expertise with administrative proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review.
As a trusted advisor, Nikia provides strategic counseling to clients in the acquisition, protection, and monetization of their patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Nikia also counsel clients on strategies to avoid disputes, including performing due diligence and policy review.
Nikia's legal skills are complemented by practical experience gained as a physicist. Before becoming a lawyer, Nikia worked for several years in the private sector developing optical software solutions for the illumination industries. Nikia also actively participates in firm administration, including serving as the Washington D.C. Chair of Quarles & Brady’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Washington D.C. Chair of Quarles & Brady’s Women’s Forum, and a member of the IP Litigation Client Development Committee.
Robert J. Grey Jr., a senior counsel with Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond, retired from the active practice of law in March 2016. Robert received his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973 and his law degree from Washington & Lee University in 1976.
From 1978 to 1981, he was an assistant professor at VCU and started his own law firm, Grey & Wesley. In 1982, he was appointed by the Governor to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. He became chair in 1983 and served until 1985, when he joined the law firm of Mays, Valentine, Davenport & Moore (later Troutman Sanders). In 1995 he went to LeClair Ryan and became affiliated with the McCammon Mediation Group Ltd. He joined Hunton & Williams in 2002. From 1998 to 2002 he served as chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates and was the first African American to be an officer of the Association. He was elected President of the ABA in 2004, the second African American to hold the position. In 2009, Mr. Grey was appointed by President Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, to serve on the Board of the Legal Services Corporation. In 2012, Robert was elected President of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Mr. Grey’s previous community service includes the chairmanship of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and membership on the board of visitors of Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University, the board of trustees at W&L, and the board of visitors at St. Catherine’s School. Mr. Grey lives in Richmond.
Susan Hackett is the CEO of Legal Executive Leadership, LLC, which she founded in 2011 after serving for 22 years as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in Washington, DC.
Susan specializes in helping law departments (and the law firms and other legal service providers who support them) re-think and re-engineer the way they work. She helps her clients leverage business, management, change, and technology practices to both deliver measurable results, as well as rise to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to advance their companies’ strategic goals.
Her practice includes: strategic planning, establishing metrics and continuous improvement processes, benchmarking leading knowledge practices, assessing staffing options in-house and improving outside counsel value and pricing, evaluating technology and data options, re-engineering legal operations and service delivery, and more. In short, she helps corporate legal teams change: creating a bridge from the way they used to work, to establishing the practices that will help them succeed and drive distinguishing client value in the future.
Professor Hawkins teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Employment Law and an original seminar on Diversity and the Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of law and diversity and has been published in the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, Fordham Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, among others. She is a recognized expert on employment law and diversity and has been interviewed or quoted in various news outlets, including the Washington Post, News, Courier Post, Law 360 and Philadelphia Magazine. Professor Hawkins was the 2018 Co-Professor of the Year and has twice been recognized by her students as new Full-Time Professor of the Year (2011 and 2013). She was the recipient of the 2018 Derrick A. Bell Award from the AALS Minority Group Section and the 2017 Banks-Haddon Junior Faculty Award from the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference.
Prior to law teaching, Professor Hawkins spent more than a decade in private practice advising clients in both the public and private sector on the development and implementation of legally defensible diversity policies and programs. She served as Special Diversity Counsel to Holland & Knight, LLP and was the first Diversity Director for Ballard Spahr, LLP. She has held or holds a number of professional and civic appointments, including as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns, as an Advisory Board Member of the Public Interest Law Center, as an inaugural member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Diversity Team, and as a member of the Board of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group. Professor Hawkins earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Tanjima Islam manages custom content at think and code, where she works with a variety of clients to develop timely and relevant content for webinars and in-person conferences. Prior to joining think and code, Tanjima litigated civil matters in Washington, D.C. Tanjima earned her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.
Audrey Jean, Corporate Counsel & Director, think and code. Audrey has served as senior in-house counsel for think and code since 2014. In this role, she provides legal and strategic counsel and support to all of think and code’s business and operational units. She advises the company on commercial transactions, labor/employment and benefits, IP matters, newsroom/publication and media issues, technology acquisitions, risk/compliance, disputes and web and data privacy issues including GDPR compliance.
Previously, Audrey was in-house counsel at Discovery Communications for seven years, where she focused on content distribution agreements in cable television as well as online K-12 learning. Prior to that, Audrey practiced corporate law for five years at two AMLAW 100 law firms, working on various domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, financing and other commercial transactions across a broad range of industries.
Audrey has a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Georgetown University. Audrey is an active member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, serving on the Mentoring Committee for the Women’s Leadership Network. Audrey also co-founded and co-chaired the employee resource groups for Asian professionals at think and code and Discovery.
Jean Lee is the President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), a national organization focused on hiring, promoting and retaining women and diverse attorneys by providing cutting-edge research, best practices, training and training.
Prior to joining MCCA, Ms. Lee served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase & Co. where she worked on consumer litigation and regulatory matters. Before joining JP Morgan Chase & Co. in 2011, Ms. Lee worked on litigation matters at a boutique litigation firm in New York City and started her career as a law clerk to the Honorable John J. Hughes, United States Magistrate Judge (retired), in the District of New Jersey. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Politics and Psychology and a M.S.W. in Social Work. Ms. Lee received her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, where she was a Senior Editor of the Rutgers Law Record.
Ms. Lee served on Asian American Bar Association of New York’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016 and as its President in 2012. In 2014, the Council of Urban Professionals recognized Ms. Lee as a Catalyst: Change Agent | Law and in 2015, she was recognized as a Trailblazer by the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York. Currently, she serves on the Select Committee for the Legends in Law Award for the Burton Foundation.
David F. Levine is the General Counsel of L.P. where he overseas the global legal and compliance functions of the Company. David is also the Executive Sponsor for 's Black Professional Community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City Bar Association's City Bar Fund and Union College's President's Council. Prior to joining , David was a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he counseled clients on a broad range of media and technology-driven transactions. David holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and B.A. from Union College.
Sona Pancholy, Senior Director of Content Strategy at think and code and in that role specifically works to develop meaningful and impactful programs for our Big Law Business community. Prior to joining think and code, Sona led business development and client relationship efforts at AmLaw 100 and 200 firms across the country. Sona serves on the American Bar Association Law Practice Division’s Professional Development and Marketing boards. Sona has coached and trained lawyers and judges around the world since earning her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her Masters in Law from Washington College of Law.
Marianela Peralta is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Allegis Global Solutions ("AGS"), one of the Allegis Group's five operating companies. Allegis Group is an $14B privately-held global human capital management and staffing company. It is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland with locations and operations around the world.
As group general counsel, Marianela leads and directs the management of all legal matters for AGS in the US, UK, and APAC. Prior to joining Allegis, Marianela was Associate General Counsel at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ("Walmart"). Ms. Peralta advised multiple Walmart business units including Global Sourcing, Global Shared Services, Global Business and Processes on international employment matters related to employment and labor compliance, global mobility, corporate issues, business immigration, and workplace policies in the global arena. In her last year at Walmart, Marianela served as counsel to the Office of Diversity.
Before joining Walmart, Ms. Peralta served as Senior Counsel for employment matters at Hilton Worldwide, in McLean, VA. She previously served as a Shareholder in the D.C. office of Littler Mendelson, P.C. and for seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Early in her career, Marianela was a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen G. Milliken of the D.C. Superior Court and is a trained mediator.
Karl A. Racine was sworn in as the District of Columbia’s first elected Attorney General on January 2, 2015. Since taking office, Attorney General Racine has built an independent office, implemented data-driven reforms to the juvenile justice system, cracked down on slumlords, and returned millions of dollars to consumers harmed by scams and abusive business practices.
As the District’s top lawyer, Attorney General Racine works to keep residents safe from crime and fraud and uses the law to advance the public interest. He also protects taxpayers by providing legal advice and representation to the Mayor and District government agencies. Through his work as vice president of the bi-partisan National Association of Attorneys General and as co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association, Racine speaks out for D.C. autonomy at the national level and pushes back against federal government policies that harm District residents.
Attorney General Racine draws on over 25 years of legal and leadership experience in his work on behalf of District residents. Over the course of his career, he worked at the D.C. Public Defender Service, where he represented District residents who could not afford a lawyer, served as Associate White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton, and worked on criminal cases and complex civil litigation at private firms. While in private practice, he was elected managing partner of his firm, Venable LLP, and became the first African-American managing partner of a top-100 American law firm.
Craig Silliman is executive vice president – public policy and general counsel, responsible for leading the company’s public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups.
Before assuming his current position in January 2015, Silliman was senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for Verizon’s global public policy, federal and state legislative affairs, federal regulatory affairs, strategic alliances, national security, privacy and corporate citizenship.
Prior to that, Silliman served in a number of other senior management roles at Verizon. He was senior vice president and general counsel for Verizon’s wireline consumer, business and wholesale groups globally, and senior vice president and deputy general counsel, with responsibility for antitrust, intellectual property, national security, privacy and strategic product support.
Prior to joining a Verizon predecessor company in 1997, Silliman was an attorney in the international trade practice at Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott in Washington, D.C. He has also taught international telecommunications regulation as an adjunct professor at the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
Leslie T. Thornton is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (“WGL”) and Washington Gas where she is responsible for developing, coordinating, and providing legal advice and counsel to WGL and all its subsidiaries on matters including, but not limited to, litigation, regulatory affairs, business transactions, employment and labor law, employee benefits, executive compensation, ethics, compliance, cyber-threats/cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions, and crisis management, among others. At the chairman’s request, Ms. Thornton serves on WGL's Strategy Council, Risk Management Committee, Anti-Fraud Committee, and SOX Management Committee. An NACD Board Leadership Fellow, Ms. Thornton has also served on the board directors of Career Education Corporation for over ten years chairing the Compliance Committee and serving on Nominating & Governance. She was Lead Independent Director from 2011-2013; currently she continues her chair and also sits on the Audit Committee.
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