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Black Lawyers Speak: Stories of the Past, Hopes for the Future, Ep. 4 (Podcast)

Jan. 6, 2021, 9:45 AM

In “Black Lawyers Speak: Stories of the Past, Hopes for the Future,” we have looked at how the current focus on diversity and inclusion in Big Law is playing out. We have heard from key players at law firms and in corporations about how they are doing the hard work of culture change, and how, through their work, they are underscoring the argument that diversity is good business.

In episode four, we turn our attention to the unique experiences of African American women law partners, a segment that comprises less than 1% of all partners in the legal profession. We speak with veteran lawyers who have ascended to the highest ranks of leadership at major firms, those who serve as general counsel at large companies and younger partners who are putting their stamp on a more inclusive future right now.

In episode four of Black Lawyers Speak, Bloomberg Law interviews:

  • Shauna Clark, global and U.S. chair of Norton Rose Fulbright and U.S. head of employment and labor practice
  • Grace Speights, global head of labor & employment practice at Morgan Lewis
  • April Boise Miller, co-founder of the Black GC 2025 Initiative and executive vice president and general counsel at Eaton
  • Christa Brown-Sanford, partner and deputy chair of intellectual property at Baker Botts
  • Raqiyyah Pippins, life sciences and healthcare regulatory partner at Arnold & Porter
  • Tsedale Melaku, Ph.D., sociologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & the Caribbean at The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Maja Hazell, global head of diversity & inclusion at White & Case

“Black Lawyers Speak: Stories of the Past, Hopes for the Future,” a five-episode podcast series, is part of [Un]Common Law, Bloomberg Industry Group’s new home for audio documentaries. Subscribe to the Black Lawyers Speak series wherever you get your podcasts:

Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify

Listen to episode one of Black Lawyers Speak here.

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