This year, we decided to center panels around thematic topics, rather than define them by specific industry sectors, in order to showcase the unique backgrounds and perspectives of panelists, encourage interdisciplinary dialogue, and focus the conversation on important issues in the APA legal community. The first two panels will address diversity within the APA community, and the remaining two will explore the meaning of diversity for APAs more broadly in society and in the workplace.
PANEL I—Diverse Paths: Careers Beyond the Law
PANEL II—Double Ceiling?: Diversity within the APA Community
PANEL III—Negotiating Diversity’s Boundaries: Diversity Policies for APAs
PANEL IV—Diversity at the Top: Diversity Policies for APAs
NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP—Practicing the Presence: Negotiation Practicum for APA Corporate Attorneys
Diverse Paths: Careers Beyond the Law
10:30 AM; Wasserstein 2004
The J.D. degree opens up doors to vocational pathways beyond standard legal careers. Lawyers shift between the private and public sectors, pursue nonlegal interests outside of their legal careers, and may choose to leave the practice of law entirely. This panel will foster conversation between panelists whose career paths demonstrate the rich variety of vocational doors open to law students after graduation.
Yih-Hsien Shen, Moderator: Yih-hsien began working at OCS as a JD Advisor in 2002 and became Assistant Director for J.D. Advising in February 2008. She has also served as a reader with the Law School Admissions Office. She received an A.B. in History from Columbia College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1995. While a student at HLS, she served as co-chair of APALSA (where she was privileged to oversee the first ever APALSA Conference!) and as an Executive Editor of the Women’s Law Journal. After HLS, she practiced for three years in both the corporate and litigation departments at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and then worked as in-house counsel to a life insurance company in Baltimore, where she managed the company’s litigation and advised on employment issues. Yih-hsien also holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College.
Jennifer (“Jen”) Che, Panelist: Jen is a chemist turned patent attorney in the biotech/pharmaceutical space. She is the founder of Tiny Urban Kitchen, a food and travel blog highlighting her culinary adventures in Boston and around the world. Tiny Urban Kitchen has won numerous awards and has been featured in various publications. In 2012, Tiny Urban Kitchen won Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog Award in the category of Restaurant/Dining Coverage. Jen was also crowned the winner of the international food blog competition “Project Food Blog: the Next Food Blog Star” in 2010, winning $10,000 which she donated to charity. Tiny Urban Kitchen has been featured on various websites, such as CNN, Boston.com, Saveur, Glamour, and NPR. Jen is active in the Taiwanese community and has spoken at many events around the U.S., including ITASA 2012, BAASIC 2012 and 2013, and TAP (Taiwanese American Professionals) events in Boston. Raised in Ohio by immigrant Taiwanese parents, Jen moved to Massachusetts to attend college at MIT and has stayed in the area ever since. In her spare time, she sings a cappella and leads the music team in her church band.
Patrick S. Chung, Panelist: Patrick is a founding partner of Xfund. Prior to joining Xfund full-time, Patrick was a partner at NEA and led the firm’s consumer and seed investment practices. He is a director of 23andMe, Curalate, Euclid, MeCommerce, Philo, and Ravel Law, and is actively involved with CrowdMed, IFTTT, Rock Health, and Upworthy. Past investments include Pulse (acquired by LinkedIn), Loopt (acquired by Green Dot), GoodGuide (acquired by Underwriters Laboratories), Xfire (acquired by Viacom), and Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM). Prior to joining NEA, Patrick helped to grow ZEFER, an Internet services firm (acquired by NEC) to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. Prior to ZEFER, Patrick was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in hardware, software, and services companies. Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Patrick was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Science degree. Patrick earned his A.B. degree at Harvard College in Environmental Science. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, and a member of the Committee to Visit Harvard College.
Chsiun Lee, Panelist: Chisun Lee serves as counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she works on campaign finance reform and voting rights. Ms. Lee returned to the Brennan Center in 2013, after having served as counsel five years earlier. In the interim, she practiced federal criminal law in New York City, representing indigent and private clients. She also covered legal issues as a staff reporter for ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news organization. There, she scrutinized voter fraud claims, the Guantánamo detentions, scientific evidence standards, and wrongful convictions, winning numerous awards. Her ProPublica projects were co-published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, the National Law Journal, and PBS “Frontline,” among other outlets. Previous to joining the Brennan Center in 2007, Ms. Lee served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her J.D. in 2006 from Harvard Law School, where she contributed to Supreme Court litigation at the National Voting Rights Institute (now, Dēmos) and in Professor Laurence Tribe’s private practice, and represented tenants battling eviction in Boston Housing Court. For many years before and during law school, Ms. Lee worked as a journalist, principally as a staff writer at the Village Voice. Her reporting on civil liberties, government, and politics earned many honors, including the Knight Foundation fellowship at Yale Law School. Prior to becoming a journalist, Ms. Lee worked in New York City government as press secretary to Public Advocate Mark Green. She graduated from Brown University in 1996.
David Sohn, Panelist: David is a solo practitioner in San Francisco who is passionate about litigating socially just matters in the areas of civil rights, employment, consumer, and corporate governance among others. After graduating from HLS in 2002, he worked at several large law firms before venturing out to start his own practice, SOHN LEGAL GROUP, P.C. in 2010. His clients include undocumented low wage workers, executives and other professionals, small businesses, technology companies, and non-profit organizations. For the results he has obtained for his clients, David has been recognized on multiple occasions by Super Lawyer Magazine. David received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University. David was the immediate Past President of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, one of the oldest and largest local minority bar associations in the country. During his tenure as President, he oversaw the development of a number of new initiatives to empower APA law students and attorneys to reach their highest professional aspirations. David is committed to serving his community. He volunteers his time at clinics run by Centro Legal de la Raza, the Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic, the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, and others. David has also mentored countless law students and young attorneys.
Double Ceiling?: Diversity within the APA Community
11:30 AM; Wasserstein 2009
There has been much talk about the presence of a “Bamboo Ceiling” for APA legal professionals, particularly in the private sector. The APA community, however, is itself far from monolithic. Is the challenge of navigating the legal profession as a minority attorney amplified by being “doubly diverse,” so to speak? This panel will highlight the voices of APA women and APAs who identify as LGBTQ to represent perspectives that often are doubly marginalized.
Elaine Lin, Moderator: Elaine is a consultant with Triad, where she works with clients to diagnose challenges, design solutions, and deliver programs to build management capacity in negotiation, influence and conflict management skills. She has facilitated executive education programs at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, taught conflict management at the Tufts Gordon Institute on Leadership at the School of Engineering, and served as the Advanced Training Director for the Harvard Mediation Program. She has worked with coal miners at BHP Billiton, micro-finance organizers in East Africa, mental health professionals in China, and senior leadership at the US Department of Commerce. Her representative clients include BAE, Capital One, Harvard School of Public Health, IBM, Merck, Shell, Sun Life Financial, United States Postal Service, and the Red Cross. She has been an invited speaker at conferences ranging from the World Business Dialogue in Germany to the Auschwitz Institute on Peace and Reconciliation. Prior to joining Triad, Elaine taught negotiation and mediation at Monash Law School in Melbourne, Australia and was a Senior Consultant for Conflict Management Australasia, helping them expand their practice in the region. Elaine is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of California Berkeley, where she studied Political Science and Music, and Sino-American Relations at Peking University in Beijing. As a facilitator, Elaine draws upon the lessons she learned from working with elderly, low-income and disabled populations and from teaching piano to children under the age of 12.
Anna Fee, Panelist: Anna is a member of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Litigation Group and works on a variety of complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, as well as white-collar criminal defense and regulatory investigations. She currently represents Goldman Sachs in ongoing arbitration and litigation brought by purchasers of mortgage-backed securities in the wake of the financial crisis. Since 2011, Anna has also represented Building Materials Corporation of America in multi-district products liability class action litigation concerning its best-selling roofing shingles. In addition, she was a member of the trial team that secured a victory in 2011 in New York state court on behalf of Vornado Realty Trust in a long-running contract dispute with The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company. Anna also represents current or former executives of financial institutions and international corporations in investigations by the DOJ, SEC and/or CFTC concerning alleged illegal trading in futures contracts and possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Anna maintains an active pro bono practice. She has worked on several pro bono matters representing victims of domestic and sexual abuse. She has also acted as a Special Assistant District Attorney in defending an appeal in a criminal case.
Kyoko Takahashi Lin, Panelist: Ms. Lin is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, practicing in the Executive Compensation Group. She advises boards, companies, compensation committees and individual executives on executive compensation, equity-based incentives, deferred compensation, severance plans and other compensatory arrangements, with particular emphasis on issues arising in mergers and acquisitions transactions, initial public offerings, and new and joint ventures. She also advises on employment and consulting arrangements, the applicability of securities and tax laws to executives and employers, the design and implementation of equity compensation plans and general employment-related matters. Ms. Lin is co-editor of the “Davis Polk Briefing: Governance” blog, which covers current topics in corporate governance, securities law and executive compensation. In her pro bono practice, Ms. Lin has represented individuals seeking asylum in the United States. She has also advised not-for-profit organizations, including Grameen America and International Arts Movement. She was named an “Up and Coming” lawyer in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation in New York by Chambers USA 2014. Ms. Lin joined the firm in 1996 and become a partner in 2006. In 1993, Ms. Lin received her A.B. from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and in 1996, received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
David Tsai, Panelist: David is a Partner in Perkins Coie LLP’s San Francisco and Taipei offices and a member of Perkins’ Commercial Litigation Practice Group. David’s practice focuses on trade secret and patent litigation involving the Internet, software, semiconductors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), smartphones, pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, and medical devices. David serves on the board of directors for the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of the Greater Bay Area and previously chaired the ABA LGBT Litigator Committee and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), San Francisco’s LGBT Bar association. David has been recognized as a top 50 California Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Recorder, Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation, Best Lawyer Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the National LGBT Bar Association, and one of the Daily Journal’s Top “Five Associates To Watch” in California. David is committed to pro bono work and has successfully represented a number of API, LGBT, and HIV+ clients in immigration matters. He also led the drafting of amicus briefs filed in the same-sex marriage/Prop 8 cases in California for which more than 100 organizations signed. David is a graduate of Harvard, Stanford, and Santa Clara University.
Y. Ping Sun, Panelist: A native of Shanghai, China, Ping received a full scholarship to Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude with an AB degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received a law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Journal of Transnational Law. After graduation, Ping practiced law in the New York offices of White & Case LLP and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, where her practice focused on corporate and cross border issues. In Houston, Ping is of counsel with the law firm of Yetter Coleman LLP, a boutique litigation firm. As University Representative at Rice University, Ping serves as a member of the advisory board of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and as honorary co-chair of Rice’s Baker Institute Roundtable. Ping also serves in many trustee, board, and leadership positions, including at the Texas Children’s Hospital, Asia Society Texas Center, Teach For America, the Asian Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Community Center, Houston Arts Alliance, and Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for Asia/Australia. Ping’s community service has been recognized by several organizations. Recently, Ping received the Texas China Distinguished Leader in Education Award and the 2011 Asian American Leadership Award from Asia Society Texas Center, and she was named a Woman on the Move by Texas Executive Women, one of the 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Women Magazine, the 2012 ABC Channel 13 Woman of Distinction, the 2013 Ambassador of the Year by Asian Chamber of Commerce, and the 2014 Friendship Ambassador Award along with former President George H.W. Bush, Sr. from the US China People’s Friendship Association, Houston Chapter.
Alyse Wu, Panelist: Alyse Wu is an intellectual property associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her practice focuses on litigation in the areas of patent and trade secret matters. Alyse has experience litigating cases in state and federal court, in a variety of technology areas and industries including: chemical and biochemical processes, genetic engineering, automotive products, petroleum production, digital media, consumer products, and personal electronics. She also has experience litigating before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Alyse is a member of the Firm’s Chicago Associates Committee, the Women’s Leadership Initiative Planning Committee, and the Diversity Leadership Series Planning Committee. Alyse is also active in pro bono representations, including cases in the areas of child welfare and human trafficking. She was awarded the 2012 Pro Bono Service Award at Kirkland for her work on behalf of pro bono clients. Alyse received her B.S. in Chemical-Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008, where she graduated as a member of both the Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2011.
Negotiating Diversity’s Boundaries: Diversity Policies for APAs
2:00 PM; Wasserstein 2004
Diversity occupies a fluid, contentious space within our national dialogue. Where do APAs fit in within a picture that is largely portrayed as black and white? Multiple entities, from activists to the government, are actively shaping the boundaries of diversity policies like affirmative action and immigration reform. This panel aims to encourage discussion about the limits and possibilities of diversity for APAs in these important policy debates.
Dale Ho, Moderator: Dale Ho is the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, which is dedicated to defending the freedom of all Americans to exercise the most fundamental right in our democracy—the right to vote. His work includes litigation to combat voter suppression and legislative advocacy to open new opportunities for participation for the historically disenfranchised. Dale supervises the ACLU’s voting rights litigation nationwide, with active cases in over a dozen states in every region of the country. He has litigated cases under the federal Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act and testified on election reforms in various state legislatures around the country, and is a frequent commentator on voting rights issues, appearing on television programs. He is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and NYU School of Law, and has published over half a dozen academic articles on issues such as redistricting and voting rights in law journals. Prior to joining the ACLU, he was Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; and a judicial law clerk, first to Judge Barbara S. Jones, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then to Judge Robert S. Smith, New York Court of Appeals. Dale is a graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University.
Anita Sinha, Panelist: Anita Sinha is on faculty at American University, Washington College of Law as a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Immigrant Justice Clinic. Professor Sinha is an experienced litigator and advocate for low-income communities of color in several areas. In the post-9/11 context, she represented indigent immigrant crime survivors and advocated for the rights of detainees. Professor Sinha went on to conduct impact litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of immigrant workers, with a particular focus on securing undocumented workers protection under labor, employment, and anti-discrimination laws. She then returned to legal services by directing a deportation defense clinic in the East Bay, representing primarily noncitizens with criminal convictions. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Professor Sinha conducted impact litigation and federal policy advocacy on behalf of both displaced survivors from and exploited immigrant reconstruction workers in New Orleans. As a co-teacher in the WCL Immigrant Justice Clinic, Professor Sinha works with student attorneys on cases and policy projects in the areas of detention and deportation, civil rights, LGBT and gender, and workers’ rights. She teaches Immigration Law and a seminar on advanced civil rights, with a focus on the rights of noncitizens. Professor Sinha is a Huffington Post contributor, and her areas of writing and research include immigration detention and the prison industry, gender-related issues, and the intersection of civil rights and citizenship in the United States.
Kevin M. Fong, Panelist: Kevin Fong is leader of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s appellate practice. He has appeared in more than 110 published decisions, including arguments in six cases before the California Supreme Court (prevailing in five of the six). Kevin has authored briefs in leading cases before numerous Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court, including a landmark administrative law case, Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council. Chambers USA has ranked Kevin as one of California’s leading appellate lawyers, writing last year that he “is recognized by peers as being one of the most talented appellate attorneys in the state.” A leader in promoting diversity in the legal profession for more than 30 years, Kevin has served as president of the Asian Pacific Bar of California and as president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. He co-chaired the amicus brief committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) for more than a decade. In 2008, Kevin received NAPABA’s Trailblazer Award at its 20th annual convention. Kevin is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School (cum laude), where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Following law school, Kevin served as law clerk to the late Honorable Constance Baker Motley, former Chief Judge of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Prerna Lal, Panelist: Prerna Lal is a Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC. She was born in the Fiji Islands, came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 14, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, before moving across the country to Washington D.C. Formerly an undocumented immigrant, Prerna founded the DreamActivist network, an online advocacy network led by undocumented youth, which mobilized thousands of undocumented immigrants into pushing for the federal DREAM Act, and an end to deportations. Prerna has also helped with the creation of many local immigrant youth groups, providing direct support, mentorship and advocacy to individuals caught up in the immigration dragnet. Prior to joining the board of Astraea, Lal served on the board of Immigration Equality. She currently works as an Immigration Attorney in Washington D.C. Dr. Wong earned a Bachelor degree from the University of Texas and a Masters and Doctorate from the University of Houston.
Stewart Chang, Panelist: Stewart Chang is Assistant Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, and Assistant Professor of English, by courtesy, at Whittier College. He joined the Whittier Law School faculty in 2011 after ten years of practice as a Staff Attorney at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, now known as Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, where he specialized in domestic violence, immigration, and family law. Professor Chang’s scholarship applies Critical Race Studies approaches to immigration, family, and Constitutional law. He analyzes different ways in which contemporary Asian and Asian American identity have been structured within imagined legal idealizations of citizenship, sexuality, and family both domestically and internationally. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal, the Boston University International Law Journal, the Washington International Law Journal, that Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. He teaches Contracts, Immigration Law, Family Law Practicum, Asian Americans and the Law, and Comparative Law and Sexuality.
Diversity at the Top: Diversity Policies for APAs
3:00 PM; Wasserstein 2009
While APAs have entered the corporate workplace in increasing numbers, APA representation noticeably dwindles upward along the path of promotion. Why is this so? What remedies are in place to rectify this underrepresentation? Should there even be remedies in place? This panel features APA partners and leaders from the private legal sector who will share their thoughts on the state of diversity in the corporate world and possibilities for future change.
Larry Wee, Moderator: A partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Capital Markets and Securities Group, Lawrence G. Wee focuses on capital markets and finance transactions and securities regulation. Larry is recognized by The Legal 500 as a leading capital markets lawyer. His practice includes public and private equity offerings, high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, convertible debt offerings and offerings of asset-backed securities. He also represents public companies in connection with their ongoing securities law and corporate governance matters and advises in connection with public mergers and acquisitions transactions. Larry also has extensive experience in debt consent solicitations, debt restructurings and exchange offers. Larry’s public company clients include Kate Spade & Company, Movado Group, Inc.,Star Bulk Carriers Corp., Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, Global Brass and Copper Holdings and Emmis Communications Corporation. Larry also represents private equity and other funds in leveraged buyouts, including affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management, MacAndrews & Forbes, KPS Capital Partners and Oak Hill Capital Partners. Larry has also represented the Credit Roundtable, an association of large institutional fixed income managers, including investment advisors, insurance companies, pension funds and mutual funds, in connection with its efforts to improve the regulatory environment and market practices with respect to debt tender and exchange offers and consent solicitations. Larry is a Co-Chair of the Corporate Law Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and is also a member of the Board of Regents of Trinity International University. Larry is the author of “An Illustrated Guide to High-Yield Debt Standard Covenants” which he has presented at the Practising Law Institute’s “Understanding the Securities Laws” program. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College and J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Ting S. Chen, Panelist: Ting S. Chen is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. Her practice primarily encompasses mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Ms. Chen’s clients have included BDT Capital Partners, British American Tobacco, Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman Sachs, IBM, InterMune, JPMorgan Chase, KKR Private Equity, Lundbeck, Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods), Russell Stover Candies, Starbucks, Temasek, The Washington Post, White Mountains Insurance and Zale Corporation. Ms. Chen’s notable recent transactions include representing IBM in the $505 million sale of its worldwide customer care business process outsourcing services business to SYNNEX, The Washington Post in the $250 million sale of its newspaper publishing businesses, including The Washington Post newspaper, to Jeff Bezos, and Kraft Foods in the $3.7 billion sale of its frozen pizza business to Nestlé. Ms. Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She received an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2003, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2006. Ms. Chen joined Cravath in 2006 and became a partner in 2014.
A. Marisa Chun, Panelist: Marisa Chun is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Silicon Valley office. She focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, intellectual property litigation and white collar criminal defense matters. Ms. Chun represents clients in complex commercial cases and internal investigations across a broad range of industries, including technology, life sciences and pharmaceutical, manufacturing, construction and engineering, and energy sectors. Prior to joining McDermott, Ms. Chun served as Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. She advised the Associate Attorney General and the Department’s leadership on a range of civil and criminal issues. In that role, Ms. Chun served on the IP enforcement leadership team and worked with the White House Counsel’s Office and government agencies. Ms. Chun was recognized with the U.S. Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award (2010). Ms. Chun also served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Maryland. As a prosecutor, Ms. Chun won every trial. Ms. Chun began her career at Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program as a trial attorney, rising to senior trial attorney. Ms. Chun serves as Co-Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Amicus Curiae Committee. She has been recognized by The Recorder as one of 2013’s “Women Leaders in Tech Law,” as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” numerous times, and honored as one of 22 “Best Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Ms. Chun is a member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee and has worked on litigation and counseling matters in conjunction with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the Asian Law Caucus. Ms. Chun earned her B.A. from Yale University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, where she served as Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert Boochever of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Alan Dean, Panelist: After over 25 years as a partner, Mr. Dean is now a senior counsel at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where he represents clients in public and private securities offerings, and advises on general corporate matters, including securities law compliance and corporate governance. His capital raising experience spans a broad range, including initial public offerings, conventional debt and convertible securities. He regularly represents leading investment banking firms. Corporate clients range from world class enterprises to start-up clients. He has worked on financings for U.S. and foreign issuers across a wide range of industries, including technology, telecommunications, health care, consumer products, retail, manufacturing, energy and financial services. He graduated from Harvard College in 1973, and Harvard Law School in 1978.
Shihani Soysa, Panelist: Shihani Soysa is a counsel at Wells Fargo Securities, based in New York, where she provides legal coverage for the Equity Capital Markets group. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Securities, Shihani was an associate in the Capital Markets practice group of Shearman & Sterling in New York and Singapore. Shihani is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD ’06) and Middlebury College.
Karen B. Wong, Panelist: A partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy since 1996, Ms. Wong focuses on the representation of sponsors and financing parties in connection with the development, acquisition, financing and/or restructuring of energy and other infrastructure facilities in Asia and North America. In her over twenty-seven years of practice, she has led numerous development, financing and acquisition transactions involving generation assets, transmission lines, and oil and gas pipelines. In addition to her specialty in the energy sectors, she has also worked on development and financing transactions involving satellites, telecommunications, technology companies, and real estate. She has extensive experience in complex commercial and financial transactions and has participated in numerous project financings, restructurings, private placements, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as leveraged and synthetic leases, municipal finance transactions, aircraft financings, and monetization transactions. Ms. Wong was selected in June 2014 as Euromoney Legal Media Group’s “Best in Energy, Natural Resources and Mining” at the Americas Women in Business Law Awards. She is listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA and Chambers Global for Projects, and was selected as one of the Daily Journal’s “Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers” in California and also featured as one of the state’s “Top 75 Women Lawyers.” She is listed as a Leading Project Finance Lawyer in Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law 2013, a Leading Project Finance Lawyer in World’s Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Lawyers 2013, Expert Guides, and a Leading Project Finance Lawyer in IFLR 1000.
Practicing the Presence: Negotiation Practicum for APA Corporate Attorneys
4:00 PM; Wasserstein 2004
As APA attorneys in law firm practice rise through the ranks towards partnership, almost inevitably, a question will be asked: “Does [Attorney X] have the ‘presence’ to be an equity partner at this firm?” As an APA attorney, each of us must try to find his or her “voice,” one that works to achieve client goals and engender client confidence, while remaining true to oneself. This workshop is designed to help APA attorneys become conscious of the issues they will face as they advance and to demonstrate various practical negotiation techniques that can be used. The workshop will begin with an introduction of the issues that APA attorneys (particularly APA corporate attorneys) face as they advance towards partnership, followed by a brief Q&A session. The workshop will then have a demonstration of negotiation styles by senior corporate attorneys and will conclude with a “master class” in which more junior attorneys demonstrate their negotiating styles, with feedback from the more senior attorneys afterwards, along with Q&A time.
Lawrence G. Wee, Moderator: Lawrence G. Wee is a partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Capital Markets and Securities Group. He focuses on capital markets and finance transactions and securities regulation. Larry is recognized by The Legal 500 as a leading capital markets lawyer. Larry’s practice includes public and private equity offerings, high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, convertible debt offerings and offerings of asset-backed securities. Larry has extensive experience representing private equity firms and other financial sponsors (and their portfolio companies) in capital markets and financing transactions. He also represents public companies in connection with their ongoing securities law and corporate governance matters and advises in connection with public mergers and acquisitions transactions. Larry also has extensive experience in debt consent solicitations, debt restructurings and exchange offers. Larry’s public company clients include Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, Star Bulk Carriers Corp., Kate Spade & Company, Movado Group, Inc. and Emmis Communications Corporation. Larry also represents private equity and other funds in leveraged buyouts, including affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management, MacAndrews & Forbes, KPS Capital Partners and Oak Hill Capital Partners. Larry’s financial institution clients include Barclays Capital and Guggenheim Partners. Larry is a Co-Chair of the Corporate Law Committee of the Asian-American Bar Association of New York. Larry received his B.A. from Yale College, 1991, summa cum laude, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, 1994, cum laude.
Ellen Ching, Moderator: Ellen Ching is a senior corporate associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. She focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and other transactional matters. Ellen has represented private equity funds and publicly traded and privately held companies across a broad array of industries including media, hospitality, healthcare and consumer products. Ellen received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2007. During law school, she interned at the Economic-Political Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and completed clinical work at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Boston. She earned her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 2004 where she majored in English and received a language citation in Chinese.
George Hang, Moderator: George Hang is an associate in the Corporate Department and a member of the Capital Markets and Securities Group. He focuses on capital markets and corporate finance as well as general corporate and securities law matters. George received his B.A from Swarthmore College, with honors, in 2007 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2012.
Tammy Wang, Moderator: Tammy Wang is an associate in the Corporate Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and a member of the firm’s Capital Markets and Securities Group. Ms. Wang advises clients on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, corporate governance, business combinations and general corporate and securities law matters. Tammy received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, with honors, in 2007 and her J.D. from The University of Chicago in 2012. During law school, Tammy served as managing editor of The University of Chicago Law Review, as well as president of APALSA and the China Law Society, among other organizations