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Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2019

 
Author(s): Sandra S. Yamate, Lorraine S. McGowen, N. Nate Saint-Victor
Practice Area: Employment, Pro Bono
Published: Apr 2019
ISBN: N/A
PLI Item #: 249910
CHB Spine #: 144

Lorraine McGowen is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, with over 30 years of experience, where she focuses on restructurings.  She is a co-chair of Orrick’s firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives.  She currently serves on Orrick’s Management Committee and recently completed two terms of service on the firm’s 11-member Board of Directors.  She previously chaired Orrick’s Restructuring Group.   Her clients include leading financial institutions, syndicated lender groups, creditor committees and other parties seeking to maximize recoveries in complex bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights controversies in the U.S. and internationally.  Among her awards and honors, she was recognized as a Diversity Champion by the New York City Bar Association in 2012, as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine in 2018 and 2015, and Legal Outreach’s Pipeline to Diversity 2017 Champion.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and ranked as a Leading Lawyer by the IFLR1000.  She was selected by Direct Women to be a 2016 Board Institute member.  Ms. McGowen is on the Board of Legal Advisers for Legal Outreach, a non-profit college-bound program for students in disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City and on the Advisory Committee for the Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.   She is also on the Board of Directors for the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.  Ms. McGowen graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1983 and Columbia School of Law in 1986.  She is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy and insolvency and diversity and inclusion.


Nate Saint-Victor is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he provides legal advice on the securities laws, with a focus on prime brokerage, securities lending and fund administration.  Previously, Nate provided legal advice to the Wealth Management division on broker-dealer and investment advisory issues with a focus on research, development and distribution of alternative investments.  Nate started his legal career in the Investment Management Group at Davis Polk. Nate has previously served on the SIFMA Alternative Investments Roundtable, Investment Adviser/Broker-Dealer Task Force, and Investment Advisory Committee as well as the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board Business Model Working Group.  Nate regularly speaks on issues related to securities laws, diversity and inclusion and professional development.

Nate mobilizes resources for innovation and change within the legal profession through his leadership positions with the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE), the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), Legal Outreach, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), and the NYC Bar Association, where he sits on the Executive Committee. 

Nate is a former Chair of the Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a 2017 Metropolitan Black Bar Association “Trailblazer of the Year,” a 2015 CUP Catalyst Change Agent in Law, and a 2009 CUP Fellow.  Nate also enjoys mentoring through LEAD, PALS and Legal Outreach and was recognized by Legal Outreach as an “Elder of the Village,” the organization’s highest honor.

Nate co-authored the “Power of Partnering” article, summarized here and available at the NAMWOLF website, describing best practices for majority and minority- or women-owned law firms to co-partner on client matters.

Nate graduated from Duke University, where he co-founded the Duke Business and Investment Clubs, and Georgetown Law, where he served on the Journal for Gender and the Law, the award-winning Frederick Douglass Moot Court team and as President of the Black Law Student Association.  


Sandra S. Yamate is the CEO of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. She spent the preceding ten years as the Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. She was the first Executive Director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. Prior to that, Sandra was a litigator in Chicago for ten years.

Sandra was a founding member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, where she served as the first Central Region Governor. She is a former president of the Japanese American Service Committee, the oldest Asian American social service agency in the Midwest and the Harvard Law Society of Illinois. She is a former member of the boards of the Japanese American Citizens League, the Asian American Institute, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Metropolitan Chicago, the Girl Scouts of Chicago, Friends of the Chicago Public Library, the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, and Asian Americans for Inclusive Education. She has written and spoken extensively on diversity in the legal profession and on multicultural children’s literature.

Outside the legal profession, Sandra is best known for her interest in multicultural children’s literature. She and her husband are the founders of Polychrome Publishing Corporation, the only company in the country dedicated to producing children’s books by and about Asian Americans. Sandra authored Polychrome’s first two books, Char Siu Bao Boy and Ashok By Any Other Name. Polychrome books have been described as exemplary examples of anti-bias children’s literature by Teaching Tolerance Magazine, a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Institute, and are included in the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Program bibliography of recommended children’s books.

Sandra earned her AB in Political Science (cum laude) and History (magna cum laude) from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her JD from Harvard Law School.

Sandra, her husband, Brian Witkowski, and their dogs, Cashew and Filbert, live in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood.