Conference Speakers

Nicole Abboud

Nicole Abboud

Founder, Abboud Media

Nicole Abboud is the Owner of Abboud Media - a modern video branding and podcasting agency for lawyers. She is a Millennial speaker, former practicing attorney, and producer and host of two podcasts – Leaders Love Company and The Gen Why Lawyer Podcast.  The internet is the best thing that happened to Nicole as she has been able to build a strong personal brand and business using digital platforms like social media and her podcasts. She is on a mission to improve the way lawyers and clients connect. You can find out more Nicole at www.nicoleabboud.com

Elina Avakian

Elina Avakian

Commercial Counsel, Snap Inc. 

Elina Avakian is Commercial Counsel at Snap Inc. in Venice, CA. Her role includes advising and representing the company in a wide range of global commercial transactions. She has practiced law in both the US and Europe, with a focus on technology, e-commerce, and business law. Prior to joining Snap Inc., Elina spent five years in Europe, both in private practice and in-house - first in Amsterdam, as in-house counsel for a global e-commerce company, where she advised the company on a broad range of cross-border issues and managed all legal aspects of the company's global merchant relationships, and then in Dublin, where she was a consultant in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications group at Mason Hayes & Curran and completed an extended secondment at Facebook.  She graduated UCLA cum laude in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and UCLA School of Law in 2010 with a J.D. specializing in Business Law.

Michelle Banks

Michelle Banks

Senior Advisor & Executive Coach at BarkerGilmore LLC, and former Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Gap Inc.

Michelle Banks is a Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore LLC, providing executive coaching and advisory services to corporate legal leaders, CEOs and board members. She Co-Chairs UCLA Law Women LEAD, an initiative she co-founded at her alma mater to empower and advance women students and alumnae. She serves as a Board member of New York non- profit DirectWomen, whose mission is to increase women lawyers serving on the boards of directors of major companies. She is a frequent speaker on leadership.

Until March 2016, Michelle was Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of global apparel retailer Gap Inc. (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix). She reported to the Chief Executive Officer and was a member of his senior leadership team. During her tenure at Gap Inc., Michelle led the Company’s global equity, foundation, franchise services, governance, government affairs & public policy, integrity, legal, privacy, and sustainability functions. During 2015, in addition to her role as an EVP at Gap Inc., Michelle was the Senior Executive leading the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a one of a kind consortium of 26 primarily North American retailers that Gap Inc. co-founded in 2013 to improve supply chain safety.

Before joining Gap Inc. in 1999, Michelle worked as Legal Counsel for the Golden State Warriors NBA team and in Tokyo as American Counsel for Itochu Corporation, one of the largest Japanese trading companies. Her prior law firm practice with Sheppard Mullin and Morrison & Foerster in California and New York focused on corporate finance and international commercial transactions.

Michelle has been recognized as a Legend in Law by the Burton Foundation, a Distinguished General Counsel by the Directors Roundtable, a Top General Counsel to Watch by Corporate Board Member, a Corporate Counsel Innovator by the Financial Times, an Influential Woman in Bay Area Business and a Corporate Counsel Diversity Champion by the San Francisco Business Times, a Most Powerful and Influential Woman by California Diversity Council, and a Woman of Achievement by Legal Momentum. Santa Clara University Law School presented her with their Social Justice and Human Rights award in 2014 and UCLA Law School named her 2016 Alumni of the Year for Professional Achievement.

Michelle graduated from UCLA with degrees in Law and Economics. 

Marlo Carruth

Marlo Carruth

Vice President, Assistant Chief Counsel, Walt Disney Company

Marlo Carruth is currently Assistant Chief Counsel for The Walt Disney Studios where she has worked for 17 years, beginning in the home video division and now for the studio in the distribution group.  She negotiates and drafts domestic and international content licensing and acquisitions agreements for the in-home entertainment division, including both physical and digital movie and television rights.  She is also responsible for overseeing the domestic and international physical replication and distribution agreements for the division and negotiating and drafting production agreements for original/bonus content on in-home entertainment product.

Marlo graduated from Stanford University where she played on the tennis team and UCLA School of Law where she was Order of the Coif and 10th in her graduating class.  She is a member of the California Bar.

Nicole Chiu-Wang

Nicole Chiu-Wang

Co-Founder, COO, Head of Style, Boon + Gable

Nicole Chiu-Wang is Co-Founder, COO, and Head of Style of Boon + Gable, a personal styling service that’s making shopping easier and more enjoyable by bringing a professional stylist to your home with clothes picked just for you, through a combination of fashion industry expertise and machine learning. Since its launch in 2016, Boon + Gable has styled thousands of men and women in their own homes and has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, and 7x7 Magazine.

Nicole currently serves on the advisory board for INFORUM, the innovation lab of the Commonwealth Club of California—the oldest and largest civic forum in the United States. She also owns and operates her own line of women’s activewear called Treadfast.

Prior to Boon + Gable, Nicole was one of the first employees at Rocksbox, a designer jewelry subscription service, and helped scale their national operations. She also worked as a trademark attorney for startups for several years before deciding to dive into startups herself by learning web development and user experience design. Originally from Los Angeles, she moved to San Francisco in 2010 after being “fired” by Donald Trump on NBC’s The Apprentice Season 10.

Nicole served on the Ms. JD Board, where she leads the organization’s rebranding and website redesign in 2014. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Irvine, and received her JD from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. In November 2017, Nicole embarked on her biggest adventure yet—being a mom to her son, Donovan.

Lisa Cisneros

Lisa Cisneros

LGBT Program Director, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)

Lisa Cisneros currently serves as California Rural Legal Assistance’s LGBT Program Director.  The program aggressively advocates on behalf of LGBT communities in rural, low-income, heavily immigrant regions of California, including the Central Valley and Central Coast.  Lisa engages in legal representation and creative community-based advocacy to address employment discrimination, school climate for LGBTQ students, and anti-LGBT violence.  The program also works to develop LGBTQ leadership in rural communities, working closely with LGBT community centers and other allied community organizations.  At CRLA, Lisa has represented individuals in workplace and school harassment and discrimination cases, as well as immigration and wage theft cases.    

Lisa first joined CRLA in 2007 to help launch the LGBT program.  In 2010 she transitioned to a federal judicial clerkship.  She later practiced law at a premier national, plaintiff-side law firm.  While in private practice, Lisa helped litigate large sex discrimination and antitrust class actions, as well as mass tort cases.  She also represented civil and constitutional law professors in an amicus brief filed in Hollingsworth v. Perry, (the Proposition 8 case) before the Supreme Court.  In 2014, she returned to CRLA as the LGBT Program Director. 

In 2017, Governor Brown appointed Lisa to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council.  Lisa graduated from Brown University and received her law degree from Berkeley School of Law.  Lisa lives in Salinas, California.  

Justice Audrey B. Collins

Justice Audrey B. Collins

Associate Justice, Second District Court of Appeal for the State of California

Justice Collins was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Court of Appeal in 2014. She received an “exceptionally well qualified” rating from the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.  Justice Collins was appointed by President Clinton as a United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California in 1994. She served as Chief Judge of the Central District from 2009 through September 2012.

Justice Collins was born and raised near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Her family had a strong tradition of public service, which inspired her to seek a career in the law. Justice Collins graduated from Howard University, where she was named Woman of the Year and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She subsequently received a Masters of Arts in Government and Public Administration from American University in 1979.

After moving to Los Angeles, Justice Collins worked for two years as the Director of the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund at the University of Southern California.  She then attended U.C.L.A. Law School, where she was a member of the U.C.L.A. Law Review and Order of the Coif.  During her second summer in law school, Justice Collins clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. After serving as a staff attorney for the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation, she joined the District Attorney’s Office in 1978. Justice Collins was the first African-American woman to become a Head Deputy, Assistant Bureau Director, and Assistant District Attorney in that office. She was elected President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys in 1984.

Justice Collins received the U.C.L.A. Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award in 1997 and was awarded the Ernestine Stahlhut Award from the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) in 1999. She received the Outstanding Jurist Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and the Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award from California Women Lawyers, both in 2012, and was a recipient of Loyola Law School Fidler Institute Award Judge of the Year in 2013. Justice Collins has also received both the Loren Miller Lawyer of the Year and the Bernard Jefferson Justice of the Year awards from the John M. Langston Bar Association. The City of Los Angeles presented Justice Collins with a Hall of Fame award during its African-American Heritage Month celebration in 2016, and she was the 2017 recipient of the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library’s Beacon of Justice Award.

In 1992, Justice Collins served as a Deputy General Counsel on the Webster-Williams Commission, appointed to investigate the LAPD’s response to the April 1992 civil disorder in Los Angeles. She chaired the LACBA Task Force on the State Criminal Justice System, which recommended improvements within the criminal justice system in the aftermath of the LAPD Rampart investigation, from 2002 through 2003. 

Justice Collins has served on the WLALA Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. She previously chaired the LACBA Criminal Justice Section and served as a member of LACBA’s Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of LACBA’s Litigation Section.  Justice Collins also served on the State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners and is a member of the National Association of Women Judges. She is a lifetime member of the WLALA, California Women Lawyers, National Bar Association, Association of African American California Judicial Officers (AAACJO), Langston Bar Association, and Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.  

Antionette Dozier

Antionette Dozier

Senior Attorney, Western Center on Law and Poverty

Antionette Dozier, Senior Attorney at Western Center on Law & Poverty, focuses on public benefits and other economic disparity issues facing poor Californians.  At Western Center, Antionette litigates, provides technical support to legal services attorneys, and works on policy and legislation to secure public benefits for and to remove economic barriers to opportunity for the poor.  She also facilitates state and community discussions to ensure that public benefits recipients receive a fair opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency.  At Western Center, she has co-counseled on class action cases involving the right to mental health services and public benefits, and impact cases regarding the CalWORKs, CalFresh and General Assistance/General Relief programs.  Before Western Center, Antionette completed a term as a clerk for the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit in the chambers of the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr.  Antionette also was a litigation associate at Jones Day after graduating from UCLA School of Law.

Paula T. Edgar Esq.

Paula T. Edgar Esq.

Founder and CEO, PGE, LLC

Paula T. Edgar Esq. is Founder and CEO of PGE LLC, a speaking, executive coaching, and diversity consulting firm. PGE LLC provides innovative and strategic solutions on organizational diversity efforts, intercultural competence initiatives, workplace harassment prevention and EEO compliance.  The firm is an industry leader in executive/leadership development, branding, networking, social media and career management strategies. Paula speaks and regularly consults on these topics by advising, facilitating workshops, professional development training, and providing keynote speeches. Paula’s clients have hailed from a variety of industries and have included corporations, law firms, municipal agencies, higher education institutions, and nonprofits. All have benefitted from her directive to “Engage Your Hustle!”

Paula has demonstrated leadership in numerous organizations and social justice initiatives, including her current role as President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), New York State’s largest black bar association.  She is a member of the NYC Bar Association’s Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee, a member of the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Alumni Board, a Trustee of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Deerfield Academy Alumni Association and a member of the Apollo Theater’s Young Patrons Steering Committee.

Paula’s professional experiences include serving as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York Law School, the Associate Director of Career Services at Seton Hall University School of Law, and as the Executive Director of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS). Prior to leading PALS, Paula practiced in the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from the California State University (Fullerton) and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law. She has been recognized by The Network Journal Magazine as a “40 Under Forty” Achievement Awardee, a Ms. JD “Woman of Inspiration” and a “Rising Star” by A Better Chance.  She has also received the Distinguished Alumni award from the Black Law Students Association at CUNY Law School and the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Service Award from the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA).

Connect with Paula on her website http://www.paulaedgar.com, on Linkedin, Via Twitter (@PaulaEdgar) and Facebook (Paula Edgar Fan Page).

Honorable Holly J. Fujie

Honorable Holly J. Fujie

Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court

Holly J. Fujie was appointed to the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. Prior to her appointment, Judge Fujie was a shareholder in the Los Angeles-based law firm of Buchalter Nemer. She earned her AB degree at the University of California, Berkeley and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she was an editor of the California Law Review. In 2008–2009 she was the third woman and the first Asian American to serve as president of the State Bar of California. Judge Fujie has received numerous awards for her work on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, including the National Association of Women Lawyers’ M. Ashley Dickerson Diversity Award and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award. She was recently appointed to the California Commission on the Future of the Courts.

Natacha Gaymer-Jones

Natacha Gaymer-Jones

CEO, Founder, Reflexion Labs Digital Marketing

Natacha Gaymer-Jones is the CEO and Founder of Reflexion Labs Digital Marketing, Natacha brings over 12 years of digital marketing & advertising experience for major brands including Pepsi, Chevron, Nestle, GoDaddy, Honda, BMW, and a handful of startups in post Series A funding. She is an experienced team leader, guiding clients and staff in the concept and development of large-scale websites, digital initiatives, and mobile executions. Natacha has collaborated extensively across disciplines including information architecture, creative development, technology and account management. As CEO | Founder of ReflexionLabs she guides clients from concept to post-launch digital strategies that move the needle to achieve client goals.

Stacey Hallerman

Stacey Hallerman

Chief Legal Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Richemont North America, Inc.

Stacey Hallerman is Chief Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Richemont North America, Inc., part of the global luxury conglomerate which owns a portfolio of 14 iconic brands including Cartier, Chloe, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Montblanc. Stacey was recruited by the company as the first in-house counsel in 2007, primarily focusing on brand enforcement and strategy, and quickly created the company’s first legal function, building and managing a top-notch legal department and functioning as Chief Compliance Officer. She has served as interim head of Human Resources, leading and developing the department during a period of instability.  Other pioneering ‘out-of-scope’ accomplishments include designing and implementing the company’s corporate social responsibility plan, shaping and building high-performance cross-functional teams in Procurement, Real Estate, Facilities and Global Entertainment/PR and developing an internal communication strategy that drove engagement and collaboration organization-wide. In addition to overseeing the legal affairs for the company and functioning as the Chief Administrative Officer, she is also a key member of the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Richemont, Stacey was in-house IP counsel at Pfizer for over ten years, where she was responsible for the worldwide clearance, prosecution and enforcement of the company’s trademarks and managed its global anti-counterfeit program. She is a recipient of the Upjohn Award for Innovation as a People Manager and was selected by the executive leadership team to lead the working group on “Retaining Top Legal Talent at Pfizer.”  Stacey is also credited with drafting Customs legislation for the Bahamian Government at the request of their Attorney General, which was ratified by Parliament and greatly strengthened Pfizer’s ability to combat counterfeiting.  Previously, Stacey was in private practice, where she focused on intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and advertising law.  

Stacey is a past Adjunct Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she has taught “The Role of an In-House Counsel.”  She has also been an active leader in the International Trademark Association, having chaired several committees and programs.   Stacey has earned recognition as an exceptional in-house counsel as an IP Star in Managing Intellectual Property and is a frequent industry speaker on a myriad of topics. Her journey from IP lawyer to General Counsel was recently featured in Profile Magazine, a publication which showcases the voice of modern executives.

As a social responsibility advocate, Stacey also serves on the Board of Directors of Laureus USA, a charitable organization that changes the lives of youth and strengthens communities through the power of sports.

Stacey received her JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a BA from McGill University in Montreal. A native New Yorker, Stacey is a recent transplant to the Los Angeles community, following in the footsteps of her two sons.

Jennifer House

Jennifer House

Business and Legal Affairs executive, Netflix

Jennifer House is a Business and Legal Affairs executive at Netflix.  She earned a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Prior to law school, Jennifer worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley.  Jennifer began her legal career as a litigator in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP, where she handled general litigation matters, with a focus on securities and media and entertainment.  After over four years at Sidley, she moved to NBCUniversal where she advised on day-to-day production matters for scripted and unscripted programming and drafted and negotiated talent, development, production, and licensing agreements for such NBCU properties as Bravo, Oxygen, NBC and Universal Television.  In May of 2017, Jennifer moved to Netflix, where she currently structures, negotiates and papers a variety of transactional deals for Netflix’s burgeoning Unscripted group.

Lynette M. Jones

Lynette M. Jones

Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T Entertainment 

Prior to her current role, Jones was responsible for negotiating and drafting talent and production services agreements for DIRECTV’s original NASCAR, NFL, documentary, gaming, and special event programs, and managing live concert performance and music licensing for the company’s Emmy® Award-winning customer channel, the Audience Network. She continues to support the network’s concert performance and sports initiatives.

Jones joined DIRECTV in 2000 (before AT&T’s acquisition of the company in July 2015) as a member of the Review and Approval Process (RAP) business affairs team supporting the Advertising & Publicity, Customer Service, Engineering and Home Services groups, as well as the national, regional, commercial and telco Sales and Marketing units. She reviewed promotional materials, sweepstakes and consumer products for state and federal regulatory compliance. Her team was recognized with the DIRECTV Innovation Award.

Previously, Jones’ television production employers included Warner Bros. Television and MTV Networks.

A native Nebraskan and Louisiana transplant, Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts & Sciences from the University of Southern California and a juris doctorate from Southwestern Law School, where she served as Chair of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program.

Jones is active in education and economic empowerment causes. She is a reading mentor in the Read to a Child literacy program; a mock trial volunteer for the Constitutional Rights Foundation; a member of the non-profit scholarship organization Town & Gown of USC; and co-founder of a book fund at her law school alma mater. She is based at AT&T’s headquarters in El Segundo, CA. 

Jessie Kornberg

Jessie Kornberg

President & CEO, Bet Tzedek

Jessie Kornberg joined Bet Tzedek as President & CEO in 2014. Kornberg’s tenure has seen the agency grow to address the most pressing legal issues facing low-income families, including the nation’s first transgender medical-legal partnership, Los Angeles’ first low-income tax and small business start-up clinics, and a family preparedness program to respond to growing concerns surrounding the deportation of undocumented parents.

Prior to taking the helm at Bet Tzedek, Kornberg distinguished herself as a trial attorney at Los Angeles-based litigation boutique Bird Marella. Among her achievements there, she leads the trial team that prevailed in one of the ten largest intellectual property verdicts of 2013, served as pro bono counsel in ground-breaking inmate-safety litigation on behalf of the inmates of the Angola death-row facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and chaired the firm’s pro bono program.

Prior to joining Bird Marella, Kornberg served as the first executive director of Ms. JD, which she established as a national voice on issues concerning women and law. Kornberg’s earliest exposure to impact litigation and strategic policy work – which intersect with two of Bet Tzedek’s core strengths – came while serving as a legal fellow with the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now known as Legal Momentum). Other economic justice work included projects with the Los Angeles Community Action Network, Homes for the Homeless, and the Institute for Children and Poverty.

Following graduation from law school, Kornberg was a clerk to Chief Judge Jon P. McCalla of the U.S. District Court in Memphis, Tenn. She earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where she was editor in chief of the Women’s Law Journal. Kornberg holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from Columbia College of Columbia University.

Kornberg is frequently sought as a speaker, panelist and commentator on non-profit management, anti-poverty topics, Jewish life, and gender inequality, and has been recognized by The Recorder and Super Lawyers as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” and “Rising Star,” respectively. In 2016, she was named to the American Bar Association’s inaugural list of “40 Under 40,” and in 2017, she joined the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors.

Katherine H. Ku

Katherine H. Ku

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 

Katherine H. Ku is a corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and, prior to that, was a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.  She represents both public and private companies and private equity funds in a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and joint ventures. Kathy also advises clients on corporate governance and securities compliance matters. In addition, she has represented special committees of boards of directors in connection with buy-out matters.

Following her graduation from law school, Kathy served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2003-2004) and for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court (2004-2005).

Katie Larkin-Wong

Katie Larkin-Wong

Latham & Watkins, Associate

Katie Larkin-Wong is an associate in the Litigation & Trial Department in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins where she is part of the firm’s Global Competition and White Collar Practice Groups. Katie focuses on assisting technology companies and other businesses in fast-moving, innovative markets with a host of antitrust and white collar matters.  Her experience includes antitrust regulatory clearance of M&A transactions; civil and criminal cartel litigation; federal and state antitrust investigations; and other competition-related matters.  She has represented U.S. and global companies in cross-border transactions as well as foreign companies facing litigation in the United States.  In addition, Katie has extensive experience representing both companies and individuals in internal investigations.  Katie is also active in Latham’s pro bono efforts, having successfully represented clients in a variety of civil rights, immigration, and policy-making matters. 

Katie dedicates a substantial amount of her time towards bar associations and legal organizations.  She is currently a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession where she co-chairs the Grit and Growth Mindset Project and the Margaret Brent Awards.  She is also the founder and chair of the Social Impact Incubator, a new young lawyers organization seeking to leverage the Silicon Valley incubator model to find new and innovative ideas to address diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  Katie also sits on the board of the First District Appellate Project which manages the panel of attorneys serving indigent criminal defendants on appeals in California’s First District and the Associates Committee which provides grants, funded by big law associates, to legal aid organizations across the U.S.  Between 2011 and 2016, Katie served as President of Ms. JD, where she now serves as Board Emeritae.

Katie is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to millennials, women law students, and young lawyers and has been featured in Forbes Woman, The Glass Hammer, The American Bar Association's Woman Advocate, The National Journal, AmLaw Daily, and Today’s Chicago Woman. Since becoming a Mom, she started a column on Ms. JD titled #MillennialMom to explore what it means to be a millennial, a mom, and a lawyer.

Ashley C. Lhérisson

Ashley C. Lhérisson

Founder, Ivy Grad Services

Ashley C. Lhérisson graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in 2012 and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2017, where she was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  Prior to graduating law school, Ashley passed the New York Bar Exam in February 2017, and spent her final semester of law school dedicating over 560 hours to pro bono service, as a Pro Bono Scholar.  Ashley also passed the California Bar Exam in July 2017 before beginning her clerkship. 

Ashley currently serves as a law clerk for a federal judge in New York, where she focuses on legal research and writing for appellate and trade cases.  Upon completion of her one-year clerkship, Ashley will join Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as a Litigation Associate in the fall of 2018.  In her free time, Ashley volunteers as a member of the Women in the Legal Profession Committee and the Minorities in the Courts Committee for the New York City Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Section of the New York County Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. 

After graduating law school, Ashley founded a consulting business, called Ivy Grad Services, to assist college students and recent graduates interested in applying to and excelling in graduate school.  Ivy Grad Services specializes in JD and MBA admissions consulting and covers everything from resume and cover letter review, and essay drafting, to successful job placement and guidance through the certification phase, whether that be passing the Bar Exam or building a professional network.  Ivy Grad Services is full-service and committed to helping students use their unique story to craft a narrative that showcases their strengths, highlights their promise, and convinces admissions officers and employers that their diverse experiences are worth investing in. Ivy Grad Services provides invaluable advice, tips, and strategies to help students excel in graduate school and successfully launch their careers.

Kamal Moo

Kamal Moo

Founder, The Law Offices of Kamal Moo

For the past several years, Mr. Moo has represented artists from various genres of music as both personal manager and attorney. In that time he has negotiated several types of entertainment contracts, including recording, music publishing, and producer agreements. Prior to this, Mr. Moo worked in the business affairs department of a boutique venture capital firm based in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Moo earned his B.S. in Music Industry from the University of Southern California in 2002, his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2005, and was admitted to The State Bar of California in 2006. Mr. Moo was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Miami.

Tritia Murata

Tritia Murata

Partner, Morrison & Foerster

Ms. Murata has significant experience litigating in both the trial and appellate courts. She has drafted and argued numerous motions in state and federal court, developed and implemented litigation plans and strategies, and taken and defended depositions. She has substantive trial experience, which includes drafting and arguing the jury instructions and special-verdict form in a trade secrets misappropriation trial in which our client obtained a $10.8 million jury verdict and successfully defended all counterclaims. Ms. Murata has also drafted numerous appellate briefs in cases before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit, and she has argued before the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal.

In addition, Ms. Murata has expertise defending and advising clients regarding labor and employment law issues, including wrongful termination, employment discrimination, harassment, wage and hour laws, employment policies and procedures, trade secrets, and unfair competition. In 2015, Morrison & Foerster selected Ms. Murata as its Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. The LCLD Fellows Program was established to increase diversity at the leadership levels of U.S. law firms and corporate legal departments. Ms. Murata is a recipient of the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono service. Ms. Murata received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles ATTORNEY BIO 2 Morrison & Foerster LLP School of Law in 2004, where she was an articles editor of the UCLA Law Review. She received her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2001, where she was a Regents Scholar. 

 

Purvi G. Patel

Purvi G. Patel

Purvi G. Patel, Partner, Morrison & Foerster, Los Angeles

Ms. Patel’s practice includes a broad range of complex litigation in federal and state court, with a focus on defending retailers and manufacturers, among others, in unfair competition, false advertising, consumer fraud, data security, and privacy cases. In tandem with her litigation practice, she regularly counsels clients concerning potential privacy implications of business practices relating to the collection of customer personal identification information in a number of settings. She has particular expertise regarding California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act and analog statutes in effect in other states. In recognition of her expertise, she served as a member of Law360’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Ms. Patel participated in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) Fellows program as Morrison & Foerster’s Fellow.

The LCLD Fellows Program was established to increase diversity at the leadership levels of U.S. law firms and corporate legal departments. She also serves on the board of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Public Interest Foundation, a non-profit committed to organizing, supporting, and promoting public interest activities for the benefit of the South Asian community and the Southern California community at large. Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Patel served as a law clerk to the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Prior to her clerkship, she was an associate at McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Chicago. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a B.A. with honors in history, philosophy, and social studies of science and medicine, Ms. Patel received her J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. During law school, she was a senior member of the Loyola Law Journal and was named, in 2005, Loyola’s National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Law Student. In addition to clerking for Judge Marshall and serving as a short-term clerk for the Hon. Blanche M. Manning, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Ms. Patel served as an extern to the Hon. Ann Claire Williams of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Celaena Powder

Celaena Powder

Corporate and Securities Associate, Gunderson Dettmer

Celaena is a corporate and securities associate in the LA office of Gunderson Dettmer. Celaena specializes in the representation of emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles. Celaena represents a wide variety of technology companies from consumer internet, software, telecommunications, and entertainment technology industries, as well as a number of leading venture capital firms.

Natasha Pfeiffer

Natasha Pfeiffer

Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC

Natasha is currently Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC, headquartered in Newport Beach, California.  United Capital is the eighth largest independent Registered Investment Adviser in the nation, with more than $20 billion under management.  Natasha is responsible for supporting business partners across the company in all areas of law including employment, Intellectual Property, Data Security and Privacy, M&A and corporate governance.

Prior to joining United Capital, Natasha was Senior Corporate Counsel at Taco Bell Corp., located in Irvine, California.  At Taco Bell, Natasha focused on pre-litigation employment advice and counsel for the brand, which has over 26,000 employees worldwide and over $10 billion in system sales.  Natasha also reviewed, drafted and negotiated franchise and license agreements between Taco Bell and its franchisees. 

Natasha began her legal career at Latham & Watkins LLP in downtown Los Angeles, where she spent her 2L summer and subsequently worked for 6 years in the Litigation department.  While there, Natasha defended large public and private companies in complex civil litigation spanning suits concerning toxic torts, M&A, white collar and general business disputes. 

Natasha received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, class of 2008.  She also attended UCLA for her undergraduate studies, where she majored in Mass Communications and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2005.

Jaime A. Santos

Jaime A. Santos

Appellate Associate, Goodwin Proctor LLP

Jaime A. Santos is an associate in the firm’s Appellate Litigation Practice. Her work focuses on appellate matters and complex civil litigation in federal courts, and she has experience in a wide range of areas including ERISA litigation, patent litigation, constitutional law, environmental law, and securities actions. Ms. Santos has been the primary author of more than a dozen briefs filed in the Supreme Court, and many more filed in federal courts of appeals and federal district courts. She has argued appeals before the Fourth and Ninth Circuits.

Ms. Santos’s practice also includes ethics and compliance assessment and guidance, as well as regulatory compliance counseling. Ms. Santos is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and, since 2013, has worked on an independent monitoring team focusing on the domestic ethics program of one of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States.

Ms. Santos maintains an active pro bono practice. She has argued two Ninth Circuit appeals involving First and Eighth Amendment issues on behalf of an inmate in the California prison system and one Fourth Circuit appeal involving suppression issues on behalf of a criminal defendant. She has also worked on immigration appeals before the First and Ninth Circuits, advocated on behalf of transgender litigants asserting constitutional claims before the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court, and represented criminal defendants challenging convictions or sentences. In 2015, Ms. Santos was honored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights for her commitment to pro bono civil rights work.

Before joining Goodwin in 2013, Ms. Santos served as a law clerk to the Honorable George H. King of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In law school, she was a supervising editor for the Harvard Law Review.

EDUCATION

• J.D., Harvard Law School, 2011 (magna cum laude)
• B.A., University of San Diego, 2005 (summa cum laude)

ADMISSIONS

Ms. Santos is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, California, and Massachusetts. She is admitted into the First, Second, Fourth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, as well as several federal district courts in California and Massachusetts. 

Chris Schneider

Chris Schneider

Senior Counsel, Thompson Hine LLP

Chris is senior counsel in the Real Estate practice group. Chris’s practice primarily involves representing real estate developers in connection with acquiring, financing and developing real property for apartment and condominium use, representing homebuilders and property sellers in residential development transactions, and representing both landlords and tenants in leasing transactions. She has experience negotiating and preparing covenants, restrictions and easement agreements required for the successful development and subsequent operation of residential, mixed-use and transit-oriented developments. Chris also has extensive experience representing lenders and borrowers in connection with problem loans and distressed real estate, and has worked extensively with financial institutions in matters related to the disposition of REO properties and the sale of loan portfolios comprised of both secured and unsecured loans.

In addition, Chris has represented large financial institutions in connection with the negotiation and closing of syndicated loans secured by accounts receivable, inventory, equipment, real estate and aircraft. Her work on asset-based lending transactions has included both syndicated and single lender facilities, and she has experience representing the agent and the co-lenders.

Karen Thorland

Karen Thorland

Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Motion Picture Association of America

In her role as Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at the Motion Picture Association of America, Karen Thorland manages domestic content protection civil litigation and oversees the Association's global voluntary initiatives and civil litigation efforts.  Thorland managed successful litigations against the peer-to-peer website isoHunt, the cyberlocker Hotfile, and two rings of unauthorized streaming sites (MovieTube and Pubfilm), as well as the ongoing litigation against Megaupload and its operator Kim Dotcom.  She also is engaged in the development of the Association’s global policies and strategies related to content protection, and she provides legal support for the content protection department, including for criminal referrals.

Thorland came to the MPAA from her partnership at Loeb & Loeb, LLP, which she joined in 2001. She has deep experience in a broad range of litigation and intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademark, rights of publicity and privacy, First Amendment, entertainment contractual disputes, and appeals. While at Loeb & Loeb, Thorland was the co-lead counsel for the MPAA member companies in a national litigation campaign related to peer-to-peer file-sharing.  Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb LLP, Thorland was an associate at Jones Day from 1994 to 2001, where she worked on large-scale commercial litigation and intellectual property matters.

She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she graduated with Highest Honors, College Honors, and Distinction in Major.  Thorland currently serves on the UCLA School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Ann Wang

Ann Wang

CEO and Co-founder, Enrou 

Ann grew up with a thirst for creative social innovation. Knowing that there had to be a way for people who believed in a better world like herself to make a lasting impact in their daily lives, Ann combined her passion for social activism and great storytelling with the business skills she learned growing up as the daughter of an entrepreneur to found Enrou.

Ann studied International Development at UCLA and has worked with activist organizations like the UN, Invisible Children and Charity Water. She won the first ever $400K Forbes Pitch Competition and named Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016. Ann also serves as the youngest member of the UCLA Alumni Board and was listed as LA’s top CEOs to watch in 2015. 

Heather Washington

Heather Washington

Creative Executive, Will Packer Productions

Heather Washington is a Creative Executive at Will Packer Productions. In this role, she is responsible for identifying material, filmmakers, and talent for feature film development and production. Prior to that, Washington managed the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship, a program designed to identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling. From 2010 to 2013, she honed her filmmaking skills in the Universal Pictures Leadership Program, a studio executive training program. Previously, Washington practiced entertainment and corporate law in Atlanta, GA.  Washington is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.  

Cole Wiley

Cole Wiley

Principal, Writer, Director, Producer, UIWE


Born in the Bronx and raised outside of Washington, DC, Cole Wiley is an award-winning writer, director, and producer with an extraordinary passion for authenticity and empowerment in storytelling. Anchored by an upbringing that was heavily influenced by the black intellectual movements of the 20th century, he has had a professional career that has included everything from flipping burgers, to working at NASA, to waiting tables, to teaching youth as a gang avoidance counselor, to mopping floors, to graduating from Harvard Law School. 


A product of Hampton University and the NYU Graduate Film Program, Cole has been featured as one of "10 Filmmakers to Watch" by Independent Magazine and served as a Film Independent Project Involve Producing Fellow. As a writer, he has adapted the New York Times bestselling novel, MONSTER, into a feature film that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival (starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, A$AP Rocky, Jennifer Ehle, Nas, et al.). As a director, he has helmed the critically acclaimed music video, SUREFIRE, by renowned recording artist and entertainer, John Legend. A powerful love story that tracks the epic journey of a young Muslim woman and an undocumented Latino immigrant, SUREFIRE was awarded with a 2017 MTV VMA Award for “Best Fight Against the System,” and has been featured by Essence, Glamour, The Huffington Post, MTV News, People, Vibe, and Rolling Stone. 


Cole’s upcoming directing efforts will include the post-Katrina narrative feature film, AFTER THE STORM, and a groundbreaking found footage comedy series that will merge various forms of new media to tackle the persistent toxicity of racism and prejudice in America. 
Cole has one mission in life: To liberate humanity through storytelling.


And yes... he really means it.
 

Julia R. Wilson

Julia R. Wilson

CEO, OneJustice

Julia R. Wilson leads OneJustice’s innovative work to bring life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming the civil legal aid system.  At OneJustice, she currently focuses on applying systems analysis, innovation practices, and design thinking to the thorny problem of how to expand civil legal aid to reach the millions of Californians experiencing life problems that have legal solutions.

Ms. Wilson started her legal career in 1998 at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, including as an Equal Justice Works Fellow.  She served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) before becoming OneJustice’s CEO in 2007.

Ms. Wilson received a 2017 Leadership Award from the James Irvine Foundation, was named one of the 2012 Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, and received a 2010 California Lawyer of the Year Award from California Lawyer magazine.  She is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works and BoardSource. 

Lily Yan Hughes

Lily Yan Hughes

Senior Vice President, Public Storage 

Lily reports to the CEO and is also a member of the Executive Team of Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) -- a component of the S&P 500 and FT Global 500.  Lily provides leadership and oversight for all legal and internal audit matters, including board, corporate securities, governance, capital markets, litigation, employment, real estate, compliance, operations, intellectual property, M&A, business continuity, government affairs, investor relations and external communications.  The 30+ legal and internal audit teams report to her.  

Public Storage is a real estate investment trust, a REIT with a market cap of $33.5 billion and based in Glendale, California.  It primarily acquires, develops, owns and operates self-storage facilities. At September 30, 2017, Public Storage had direct and indirect interests in 2,374 self-storage properties in 38 states, with approximately 157 million net rentable square feet, owned one self-storage property in London England, and owned 49% interests in 219 storage facilities located in seven Western European nations with approximately 12 million net rentable square feet operated under the “Shurgard” brand. Public Storage also owns a 42% common equity interest in PS Business Parks, Inc. (NYSE:PSB) with $4 billion in market cap.  PS Business Parks owned and operated approximately 29 million rentable square feet of commercial space, primarily flex, multi-tenant office and industrial space on September 30, 2017.  Lily is a trusted advisor to the two public company Boards -- Public Storage and PS Business Parks. 

Prior to joining Public Storage in January 2015, Lily served in roles of increasing responsibilities for almost 18 years in the legal department of Ingram Micro, an Orange County-based Fortune 100 and the world’s largest wholesale information technology & mobile devices distributor, with $46 billion in annual sales and over 30,000 employees, serving customers in 160 countries.  Lily’s last role was VP and Associate General Counsel-Corporate, M&A & Finance, the #2 corporate lawyer of the company, with primary legal responsibilities for Board, securities, governance, finance, treasury, tax, executive compensation matters and as a global leader on all M&A transactions. 

Lily was also a corporate & securities partner with the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips focused on serving the financial services industry, including national and state community banks.  Lily has been an active volunteer and leader with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the largest in-house bar association in the world, with over 40,000 in-house lawyers as members.  Lily served as Secretary and Vice-Chair of the global ACC Corporate & Securities Committee with over 3,500 Committee members. Lily is serving her seventh year on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of ACC, a large chapter with a long track record of leadership and excellence. She has served in key leadership roles at the Chapter, including as Chair of the Membership Committee, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President – Services, Vice President – Programs, and most recently as President for the Southern California Chapter from October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016. 

Lily’s community leadership includes past service as a member of the Tournament of Roses Committee in Pasadena, California, as Secretary and as Chairman of the Board for the Greater Los Angeles Affiliate Chapter of the American Heart Association, and as a member of the Audit Committee of the national American Heart Association based in Dallas, Texas.

Lily has also been recognized by numerous publications and organizations, including named in 2017 as Public Company General Counsel of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, in 2016 as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the nation by the National Diversity Counsel, recipient of a 2016 Most Influential Women Award and a 2014 Multicultural Leadership Award from the California Diversity Council, the 2013 Orange County Rising Star General Counsel Award from the Orange County Business Journal, and twice as a top 100 “Next Generation General Counsel” by Inside Counsel Magazine.

Lily is an immigrant from Kowloon City, Hong Kong, moving to the US when she was 11. Her husband farms approximately 1,000 acres, growing soy, wheat, corn, and hay, operates a family-owned grain mill, and tends to over 150 heads of cattle in Upstate New York.

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