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Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2020

Speaker(s): Bilal Ezzeddine, Cara E. Greene, D'Arcy Kemnitz, Danyale A. Price, Duane L. Hughes, Ed Marquette, Jean Lee, Lorraine S. McGowen, Lucy Fato, Michael A. Sabella, Monica Dula, N. Nate Saint Victor, Rockwell "Rocky" Chin, Sandra Leung, Sandra S. Yamate, Scott A. Westfahl, Seth P. Waxman
Recorded on: Dec. 11, 2020
PLI Program #: 275047

Cara E. Greene is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, where she represents employees and partners in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including executive and professional contracts and compensation; lawyers as clients; discrimination class actions; whistleblowing and retaliation; discrimination based on gender, race, disability, pregnancy, and family responsibilities; and restrictive covenants.

In addition to reviewing and negotiating employment contracts and compensation guarantees, as well as severance agreements and other exit arrangements, Ms. Greene has litigated both individual and class action cases – including cases involving sex harassment, pay inequality, discrimination, retaliation, and unpaid compensation – on behalf of a variety of employees including highly compensated professionals, low-wage hourly workers, and employees in the financial services industry.

She is former Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section (Employment Rights and Ethics and Professional Responsibilities Committees); the National Employment Lawyers Association and its New York affiliate, and the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Greene is a frequent speaker on employment law issues.

Ms. Greene received her B.A. in political studies from Gordon College, where she was an A.J. Gordon Scholar. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

D’Arcy Kemnitz brings more than two decades of non-profit and social justice experience to her role as The LGBT Bar’s executive director. Under her leadership, The Bar has become the largest and most recognized organization of LGBT legal professionals in the country. In addition to orchestrating a coalition of more than 25 local, state, and regional LGBT bar associations, and dozens of LGBT law student associations, D’Arcy has overseen the annual “Lavender Law” Conference and Career Fair with thousands of attendees each year.

D’Arcy is a frequently quoted expert on LGBT legal issues, appearing in media outlets including The ABA Journal, ABC News, Time Magazine, and others. She is a distinguished graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Hamline University School of Law. She has experience speaking on a number of issues related to LGBT rights and the law and is available to speak at future events.

Danyale Price is the Chief Inclusion Officer at Paul, Weiss. Working closely with firm leadership and the firm’s Diversity and Women’s Initiatives committees, Danyale is responsible for the global strategy and implementation of Paul, Weiss’s efforts to promote a diverse workforce and sustain an inclusive culture. Those efforts include multifaceted approaches to talent acquisition, talent management, training, development and engagement.

Danyale serves as a career advisor for associates and as a diversity and inclusion advisor to partners and clients. She also directs the firm’s annual diversity networking reception, which attracts more than 1,000 of the best and brightest diverse professionals across numerous industries.

Danyale has nearly 20 years of experience as a diversity and inclusion (D&I) professional. Since she joined Paul, Weiss in January 2006 as its first full-time D&I professional, the firm has consistently surpassed many industry benchmarks for diversity, receiving high rankings from The American Lawyer, Chambers USA, Law360, the Human Rights Campaign, the New York City Bar Association, WILEF (Women in Law Empowerment Forum) and Vault. In January 2018, Danyale became the firm’s first Chief Inclusion Officer. Danyale was named to the 2018 EBONY Power 100 list of most inspiring African-Americans, and to The Network Journal’s 2017 “Most Influential Women in Business” list.

Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Danyale was Director of Career Planning and Personal Development at the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), where she designed career transition and educational programs for members of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Earlier in her career, she managed diversity recruiting programs and initiatives for Goldman Sachs. Danyale began her career as a litigation attorney in Atlanta. She also was a facilitator of a leadership development class at her alma mater, Spelman College.

Danyale is a national co-chair for WILEF’s Diversity Council. She previously served as membership co-chair and strategic plan co-chair for the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP). She is a past board member of the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA).  Danyale served on the board for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Executive Leadership Program.

Duane Hughes spearheads Orrick’s Inclusion & Client Relations strategy and is a member of the firm’s executive leadership team.  A recognized champion for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with a deep understanding of the client perspective, Duane advances the DEI conversation with clients, our community, and within Orrick.

Duane’s unique multidisciplinary background spans economics and finance, international business, and corporate law.  With this broad experience, Duane is a deeply valued executive team member known for making key connections, building careers, leading inclusive teams, and leveraging his global network across Wall Street to connect people with opportunities.

Sought out for his strategic acumen, operational, risk management, regulatory management, legal, and sales leadership, Duane has served as COO and Managing Director with J.P. Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley.

With high energy and a motivational style of leadership, Duane builds inclusive teams to achieve outstanding results.  The recipient of numerous awards for his leadership on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in corporate environments, Duane created and delivered pioneering workshops on unconscious bias and founded new committees to drive DEI in the workplace.  Duane’s TEDxTalk, Check Your Preference and Improve Your Results, exemplifies his creative ability to tell stories in this space.  Duane’s current role on the executive team at Orrick has converted his background in DEI from internal to external facing, driving revenue and building strong client relationships through client-facing diversity and inclusion initiatives, including Orrick’s pioneering collaboration with Diversity Lab in the 5-year Move The Needle Fund.

Duane started his career in Wall Street law firms Shearman & Sterling and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, with an interim stint at Lucent Technologies.  Duane holds JD, MBA and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA degree summa cum laude from Howard University.

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 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.

Lorraine S. McGowen is a restructuring partner at Orrick, a leading global law firm focused on serving the financial, energy & infrastructure and tech sectors.   One of IFLR1000’s Leading Lawyers, she is a seasoned legal practitioner and business advisor involved in the most complex transactions where parties are seeking to maximize recoveries or reduce liabilities.

She is a member of Orrick’s Management Committee and Partner in Charge,  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Lorraine also co-leads Orrick's Automotive Technology & Mobility Group.

Recent engagements include representing Toyota (one of the largest creditors with more than $7 billion in claims) in the highly complex global restructuring of Takata Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of automotive safety systems, including airbags; representing financial institutions in connection with Puerto Rico’s $70 billion restructuring; representing VMware in connection with the assumption of its vendor contracts and enforcement of its claims in the chapter 11 reorganization of  Windstream and its subsidiaries; and representing several alternative energy PPA counterparties in connection with the assumption of their power purchase agreements and enforcement of their claims in the PG&E chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

As a leading D&I advocate, McGowen creates programs for the legal profession and the community.  She has been recognized as an MCCA Rainmaker, Savoy’s Most Influential Black Lawyers in 2018 and 2015, and Savoy’s Most Influential Women in Corporate America   and received the National Bar Association’s Outstanding Woman at a Majority Firm, NYC Bar Association’s Diversity Champion Award and Legal Outreach’s Pipeline to Diversity Champion Award.

McGowen received her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.




Michael Sabella is an associate in both BakerHostetler’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring group and its Securities and Governance Litigation group.  He assists debtors, creditors and interested parties in a variety of industries on all aspects of representation on bankruptcy issues, including claims recovery, secured transactions, real estate, international insolvency, and corporate insolvencies.  Michael also represents corporate officers and directors in litigation that challenges their actions and roles in connection with the management and operations of businesses.  Michael has spoken and written about a wide range of bankruptcy issues, including case-specific appellate decisions, preference issues and interpretations of sections of the Bankruptcy Code. 

Michael also devotes time to assist pro bono clients with LGBTQ+ issues, asylum applications, post-conviction relief, and amicus briefs for different human rights and interest groups.  An advocate for pro bono work, Michael has presented on pro bono issues in the legal profession and advocated for attorneys to engage in pro bono projects in their respective careers.  

He is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession, having spoken on and moderated panels about this issue.  Michael is a Commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights and the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section’s Lawyers with Disabilities Involvement Subcommittee.  He was the recipient of Chambers USA’s 2019 Diversity and Inclusion’s “Future Leader - LGBT+ Equality” Award and was selected as one of The National LGBT Bar Association’s "Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40" in 2019. 

Michael received a Bachelor of Arts from Muhlenberg College in 2004, a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Laws in Bankruptcy Law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 2007 and 2009, respectively.  Michael clerked for the Honorable Dorothy T. Eisenberg (ret.) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York from 2008 through 2012 before going into private practice and he joined BakerHostetler in 2016. 

Nate Saint Victor is an executive level advisor with over 19 years of experience within the financial and legal services sectors with substantive experience in analyzing structural dynamics and innovation barriers and implementing strategies for growth and change.  Nate has a proven track record of developing best practices, communicating to stakeholders, and serving in leadership roles.

Nate is General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer at Engine No. 1.  Engine No. 1 is an investment firm purpose-built to create long-term value by driving positive impact through active ownership.  Previously, Nate was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, where he provided legal counsel focused on its prime brokerage, securities lending and fund administration businesses.  Previous to that role, Nate counseled the wealth management division on broker-dealer and investment advisory issues with a focus on research, development and distribution of alternative investments and sat on private fund adviser boards of directors and as a member of internal risk committees.  Nate started his legal career in the Investment Management Group at Davis Polk.

Nate has served on multiple industry groups, including the SIFMA Prime Brokerage Securities Lending Committee, 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, and has written, on topics related to securities laws, diversity, ethics and professional development.

Nate recently completed a term on the Board of Directors for the New York City Bar Association, where he chaired the Audit and Nomination Committees and previously Co-Chaired the ABCNY’s Diversity Committee. Nate mobilizes resources to promote innovation and change, including through his leadership positions with the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE), the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), Legal Outreach, My Brother’s Keeper My Sister’s Keeper, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) and Orrick’s Diversity Advisory Board.

Nate is Chair Emeritus of the Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a 2018 Savoy Most Influential Black Attorney, 2017 Metropolitan Black Bar Association “Trailblazer of the Year,” 2015 CUP Catalyst Change Agent in Law, and 2009 CUP Fellow.  Nate also enjoys mentoring and was recognized by Legal Outreach as an “Elder of the Village,” the organization’s highest honor.

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. 



Rocky Chin served 25 years as a civil rights attorney in New York city and state government. In July 2019, he was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the NYC Commission on Human Rights as a member of the Commission.  Rocky is founder of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), former civil rights chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and a member of Yale University's Alumni Association’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force.  He is a current member of the Executive Council of AARP New York and a Board Member of the Asian American Law Fund of New York.  He is the lead author of the article entitled "Asian Pacific Americans and Affirmative Action: Challenges in the Struggle to Achieve Equal Opportunity for All", published in the 2019-2020 issue of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP):

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.

Currently, Sandra serves on the boards of the National Judicial College, where she chairs the Nominations and Governance Committee, and the National Association of Women Lawyers, where she is part of the Advocacy and Survey Committees.  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 and continues to serve on the Leadership Advisory Council. 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.

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.

Sandy Leung is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. She leads the worldwide Law Department and is responsible for a wide range of legal areas including intellectual property, commercial and regulatory law, litigation, corporate governance, securities and transactions including licensing, acquisitions and divestitures. She also has responsibility for Compliance & Ethics, Environment, Health & Safety, Corporate Security and Corporate Philanthropy.

Sandy joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992 as a staff attorney in the litigation department. She was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility and was elected Corporate Secretary in 1999. In September 2006, she was appointed Interim General Counsel. In February 2007, she was named General Counsel. 

Sandy began her legal career as Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City where she was an original member of the Child Abuse Bureau. She ended her prosecutorial career, after trying more than 40 jury trials to verdict, as a member of the prestigious Homicide Investigations Unit where she conducted investigations of unsolved homicides linked with drug gang activity. 

Sandy is on the board of directors of the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Sandy is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.

Additional Awards

  • 2009 Recipient of the Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • 2013 Recipient of the Excellence in Corporate Practice Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Named one of America’s 2014 and 2016 Top 50 General Counsel by the National Law Journal

Scott Westfahl is a Professor of Practice and the Director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School.  Within the school’s J.D. curriculum, Professor Westfahl teaches courses on leadership, design thinking and innovation, teams and networks. His primary focus is leading Harvard Law School Executive Education, which provides unrivaled, intensive, business-school style leadership programs for law firm, in-house and government/public sector lawyers from all over the world.  He also collaborates with HLS colleagues and other Harvard faculty to design and teach custom programs for law firms, law departments, government/public sector and other legal-related organizations.  He focuses his Executive Education teaching and writing on leadership and teams, design thinking and innovation, the motivation and development of professionals, fostering diversity and inclusion in legal organizations, and strategy and organizational alignment from a talent development perspective.   Professor Westfahl is a strategic advisor to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and a Founding and Advisory Board Member of The Purple Campaign to prevent workplace harassment.

Professor Westfahl joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm's Director of Professional Development. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the professional development of the firm's lawyers and staff, focusing on organizational and leadership development, feedback, mentoring, career progression, diversity, professional skills training, lawyer and staff integration and transitions and alumni.  In 2008, Professor Westfahl was chosen as one of Law Firm, Inc. magazine's five "Innovators of the Year" for his development of a cutting-edge lawyer assignment system and database called iStaff, which effectively ties lawyer work assignments to their professional development needs.   Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, DC office of McKinsey & Company, and ten years practicing business and regulatory law with Foley & Lardner’s Washington, D.C. office.

Professor Westfahl frequently lectures and comments upon leadership, talent development and design thinking and innovation within professional services firms and is the author of the book You Get What You Measure: Lawyer Development Frameworks and Effective Performance Evaluations (NALP, 2008).  He is also the co-author of a groundbreaking proposal for a new, collaborative model of lawyer professional development, appearing in the Stanford Law Review: Westfahl, Scott A. and Wilkins, David B., The Leadership Imperative: A Collaborative Approach to Professional Development in the Global Age of More for Less (August 3, 2017). Stanford Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 6, 2017; HLS Center on the Legal Profession Research Paper No. 2017-1. Available at SSRN:

A native of Wilkesboro, NC, Monica Dula was raised in New York City. Monica is a graduate of Manhattan College. She graduated with a BA in History. She went on to study law at Touro College. She received her JD from Touro College in 1998.

After graduating from Touro College, she started her dream career at The Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division in the Bronx where she represents her community in all aspects of a criminal matter. While at the Legal Aid Society, She has been able to serve her community as a member of Community Board 9 in Manhattan. She also served as the Vice President of Membership and Chair of the Women Lawyers Division for the National Bar Association.

Although located in the firm’s Kansas City Office, Ed Marquette has a national practice focused on intellectual property (“IP”), technology, trade regulation, and healthcare matters. His IP practice includes brand and trademark counseling, protection, and enforcement. Ed's technology-related practice encompasses technology development agreements and arrangements, E-commerce and Internet law matters, high-tech procurement negotiations and contracting, and product procurement and sourcing (especially sourcing in China). His trade regulation experience includes international and domestic (30 countries) distribution and franchising and complex domestic and cross-border competitor collaborations, including information sharing (within and without trade associations) and IP cross-licensing. Initially growing out of his franchising experience, Ed has developed a national reputation for legal matters affecting dentistry, including dental practice law compliance and reimbursement risks and issues.

Acting as a business partner with clients, Ed works alongside executives and boards of directors in formulating IP and product strategies, both offensive and defensive. He has helped structure national and international distribution systems, both franchised and non-franchised. In the field of dentistry, he has both freed unwitting dentists trapped in the grasps of questionable multi-practice enterprises and has assisted in structuring multiple location practices that comply with applicable dental practice laws.

Ed served on the ABA select Committee on the National Information Infrastructure and is the past Chair of the New Information Technologies Committee of the IPL Section of the ABA. He is presently the IPL Section’s Diversity Action Group Chair and, in addition, the IPL Section’s Liaison to the ABA’s Commission on Disability Rights. Ed was recently featured in the December 2018 issue of the ABA Journal. He has long been listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, has been named to the Super Lawyers®  list, and has been recognized as an IP Star.

As Legal Counsel and Director of External Affairs for Braskem America, Bilal Ezzeddine focuses on commercial law, labor and employment law, and directs Braskem’s relationships with external stakeholders, including government entities, trade associations, and organizational partners.  Bilal has taken an active leadership role in Braskem’s diversity and inclusion platform by serving as a member of Braskem America’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, an internal advisory body that provides strategic guidance to the company’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as through external speaking engagements.  Bilal is also a member of the IILP’s Social Impact Incubator focused on advancing diversity within the legal profession through innovative content and programming.   

Bilal joined Braskem in 2013; previously he worked within the Law and Regulation Department of Allstate Insurance Co. outside of Chicago, IL.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law as well as the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.  He lives with his wife and daughter in Philadelphia, PA, where he also serves as a mentor to Philadelphia high school youth.

Lucy is AIG's Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Global Head of Communications and Government Affairs.

Prior to joining AIG, Ms. Fato was Managing Director, Head of the Americas & General Counsel of Nardello & Co., a global private investigative firm, where she remains on the Advisory Board.

Previously, Ms. Fato was Executive Vice President & General Counsel of S&P Global. Prior to that, Ms. Fato was Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Ms. Fato began her legal career at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell where she spent fourteen years, including five as a partner in the capital markets group.

Ms. Fato is a member of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Advisory Board and a member of the Life Insurance Council of NY (LICONY) Board of Directors.

Each year since 2018, Ms. Fato has been included in NACD Directorship magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom community. In 2015 and 2017, she was named by Ethisphere magazine as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” for her dedication to furthering corporate ethics.

Ms. Fato serves on the Board of Directors of Advocates for Children of New York, a non-profit organization that works to ensure a high-quality education for children who are at risk for school-based discrimination or academic failure. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance and is as a member of the Board of the Coalition for the Homeless, the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children.

Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 to 2001, Seth Waxman is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr and a member of the faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center.  A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, Mr. Waxman represents clients in civil and criminal litigation, at the trial and appellate stages, in both federal and state courts.  He has argued 83 cases in the United States Supreme Court and several times that in the state and lower federal courts. 

Mr. Waxman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Attorneys, and he serves on the Council of the American Law Institute.  He writes and lectures on constitutional law and history, civil rights, intellectual property, and advocacy.  Mr. Waxman has received numerous awards for scholarship, public service, and advocacy, including the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law, and the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico award.  For extraordinary service to law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has installed him as a permanent honorary Special Agent.

Mr. Waxman represents and provides counselling to many colleges and universities, including on issues relating to diversity.  With colleagues at WilmerHale, he conducted Harvard’s successful trial defense of its admissions procedures in Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, 397 F. Supp.2d 126 (D. Mass. 2019) and is lead counsel for Harvard on the appeal.