Diversity in Practice Podcast Series

  • Diversity in Practice: Reflections of a Latino Lawyer: 09 March 2021

    In this episode of Diversity in Practice, Litigation Partner Alexis Amezcua is joined by her mentor, colleague, and friend, Trial Partner Arturo González, to discuss his career path, from working in the fields to Harvard Law to becoming MoFo’s first Latino partner. He also shares how he’s survived 35 years in Big Law, how much the legal landscape has evolved during that time, and why he feels it’s important to have more diverse representation in the courtroom, and beyond.

  • Diversity in Practice: Navigating Pandemic & Protest, Episode 5: 17 February 2021

    In the fifth and final episode of the Wetmore Fellow subseries, and in celebration of Black History Month, Los Angeles Corporate Associate and Fellow alumna Gina Banks hosts a discussion with San Francisco Litigation partner and Co-Chair of MoFo’s Global Employment & Labor Group Eric Akira Tate, and Washington D.C. IP Litigation partner, Diversity Strategy Committee Co-Chair and Co-Chair of MoFo’s Global IP Litigation Practice Mark Whitaker. The discussion centers around the firm’s longstanding commitment to combatting discrimination and injustice, how the impact of George Floyd’s murder and the subsequent protests it sparked across the world served as a call to action, and the myriad ways in which the firm answered that call. Eric and Mark also share their personal stories about the responsibility they felt not only as Black men, but as leaders of a firm dedicated to equity and inclusion, to actively engage in dialogue around racial equity.

  • Diversity in Practice: Navigating Pandemic & Protest, Episode 4: 20 January 2021

    In the fourth episode of the Wetmore Fellow subseries, San Francisco Litigation Associate and Fellow alumnus Tom Davidson hosts a discussion with New York Litigation partner and Women’s Strategy Committee Co-Chair Carrie H. Cohen, and Firm Chair Larren Nashelsky about how crucial transparency, responsibility and accountability are to any diversity and inclusion endeavors, and the impact of those factors on their decision to galvanize over 30 law firms to support their effort to encourage Governor Andrew Cuomo to repeal Section 50a of the Civil Rights Law.

  • Diversity in Practice: Diversifying the Bar with UC Davis Dean of Law Kevin R. Johnson: 15 December 2020

    MoFo’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Natalie Kernisant welcomes UC Davis School of Law Dean and Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies Kevin R. Johnson during this installment of the Diverse in Practice podcast. The discussion centers around the California Bar’s decision to lower the bar exam cut score, and what – if any - impact such a decision might have on diversity within the bar.

  • Diversity in Practice: Navigating Pandemic & Protest, Episode 3: 02 December 2020

    In the third episode of the Wetmore Fellow subseries, Los Angeles Litigation Associate and Fellow alumna Mia Akers hosts a discussion with New York Litigation partner and chair of the Morrison & Foerster Foundation Jamie Levitt, and Palo Alto IP Litigation partner and vice-chair of MoFo’s Pro Bono Services Committee Colette Mayer about how quickly the Foundation and the firm’s lawyers answered the call to serve those populations for whom the social and economic toll of the pandemic is most severe.

  • Diversity in Practice: Navigating Pandemic & Protest, Episode 2: 12 November 2020

    In the second episode of the Wetmore Fellow subseries, San Francisco Litigation Associate and Fellow alumni Ryan Romain hosts a discussion with MoFo Director of Associate Development and Women’s Initiatives Janet Herman and Boston Finance partner Joe O’Donnell about how the firm quickly developed multiple resources in support of working parents during the shelter-in-place mandates and in the wake of the George Floyd killing.

  • Diversity in Practice: Casting a More Inclusive Talent Net: 20 October 2020

    Natalie Kernisant, Director of D+I, speaks with MoFo litigation associate and former SEO summer Camila Tapernoux and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Director Van Ann Bui about their own unique career paths and why it is critically important for organizations to reimage their talent acquisition practices, with an eye toward removing any unnecessary barriers to inclusive recruiting.

  • Diversity in Practice: Work and Well-being: Silencing our Saboteur and the Value of Mindfulness: 01 October 2020

    In this episode of Diversity in Practice, Natalie Kernisant, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, sits down with MoFo partner and Women’s Strategy Committee co-chair, Stacey Sprenkel and the founder of Krishtel Coaching, Rudhir Krishtel to discuss mental health and the importance of self-care and well-being in the legal profession.

  • Diversity in Practice: Navigating Pandemic & Protest, Part 1: 17 September 2020

    In part one of this special Wetmore Fellow subseries, Fellow Adam Smith hosts a discussion with MoFo Partner David Newman and Attorney Recruiting Director Nicole Wanzer about how the firm navigated a virtual work environment while continuing to serve and support our clients and summers. Fellows Kacyn Fujii, Erica Pena, and SEO Fellow, Oliver Green, later join the conversation to discuss their experience as summer associates.

  • Diversity in Practice: Denica Gordon-Mandel and Christina Johnson on Having “The Talk” with Children of Color: 01 September 2020

    In part two of this Diversity in Practice podcast series on speaking to kids about race, we continue our conversation with the founders of Raising Compassionate Leaders, Denica Gordon-Mandel and Christina Johnson. In this session, the speakers discuss the unnerving situation of having to have “The Talk” with young children of color about the possibility of being singled out, simply because of the color of their skin.

  • Diversity in Practice: Denica Gordon-Mandel and Christina Johnson on Talking to Our Kids About Race: 25 Aug 2020

    In part one of this Diversity in Practice podcast discussion on speaking to your kids about race, MoFo’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion Natalie Kernisant and Director of Attorney Development and Women’s Initiatives Janet Stone Herman are joined by the founders of Raising Compassionate Leaders, Denica Gordon-Mandel and Christina Johnson.

  • Diversity in Practice: Going From Theory to Action with MoFo Partner and Ally Dario de Martino: 11 Aug 2020

    In part two of our Diverse in Practice podcast discussion on allyship, MoFo’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion Natalie Kernisant sits down with partner and ally Dario de Martino to discuss how his cultural identity and background have contributed to his practice, and why he feels that it is more important than ever to become an active participant in advocating for marginalized groups.

  • Diversity in Practice: Taking The Next Step toward Allyship with Terra Winston: 28 July 2020

    In the first episode of our new Diversity in Practice podcast series, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Natalie Kernisant sits down with Terra Winston of Next Step Partners to discuss what steps we can take toward being an effective ally and how allyship differs from mentorship and other forms of advocacy.

Close
Feedback

Disclaimer

Unsolicited e-mails and information sent to Morrison & Foerster will not be considered confidential, may be disclosed to others pursuant to our Privacy Policy, may not receive a response, and do not create an attorney-client relationship with Morrison & Foerster. If you are not already a client of Morrison & Foerster, do not include any confidential information in this message. Also, please note that our attorneys do not seek to practice law in any jurisdiction in which they are not properly authorized to do so.