The Duane Morris DEI 360 podcast, hosted by Partner and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Joseph K. West, features candid conversations with legal and business leaders on the issues and challenges in our collective efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
Eve Klein, chair of the firm’s Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, discusses the changing legal landscape and the importance of diversity in the era of remote work, the Great Resignation and the pandemic.
Duane Morris Partner Brad Molotsky talks with Joe West about how ESG is changing minds and the business world as the marketplace increasingly demands corporate responsibility across a range of issues: the environment, diversity, equity and inclusion and good governance. Having a strong ESG program is a competitive advantage that improves the bottom line and attracts the best talent, while addressing issues that affect everyone.
Episode 19: Angela Winfield: Leaning into the Tough Questions on Diversity as a “Blind, Black Woman”
Angela Winfield, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for the Law School Admission Council, talks with Joe West about her work to encourage diverse and talented individuals to see themselves in the legal industry and to support them through law school and their legal careers. Describing herself as “proudly and unabashedly a blind, Black woman” who “owns all three of those things fully,” Angela shares how her own challenging journey drives her to forge a path for those following in her footsteps.
Joe West talks with Alain Villeneuve about what drew him to the firm, how being LGBT and an immigrant shaped his career and experiences and the importance of finding the positives when our social progress seems stalled and suffers setbacks.
Duane Morris Partner and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Joseph K. West speaks with the actor, activist and entrepreneur Wendell Pierce on issues of concern to communities of color and Wendell’s recent entry into media ownership.
Joe West talks with Damon Hewitt about his career of fighting for civil rights and racial justice.
Joe talks with Amauri Costa, Partner in our Duane Morris Corporate Practice Group, about his career doing business in Latin America and his role as co-leader of the firm’s attorney Hispanic and Latino employee resource group.
Aaron Ford, Attorney General of Nevada and the first African American to hold statewide constitutional office in Nevada, talks with Joe West about his career path and calling: to serve the public as a teacher, lawyer and elected official.
Joe West talks with Trial Practice Group Co-Chair Sharon Caffrey about leading the largest practice at the firm while maintaining her own active practice, developing the next generation of trial lawyers, how the firm combats implicit bias in assignments, and her advice for young lawyers in the hybrid workplace.
Episode 12: Austin So: The Evolution of the Trusted Adviser and Supporting the GC in Times of Transition
Austin So, General Counsel & Head of Sustainability of Armstrong World Industries, talks with Joe West about “the hot mess” of the first half of his career and how following his mentor’s advice to “ruin his resume” gave him the variety of skills and experiences needed to move up and into the C-suite. Austin also shares what led him to pursue a legal career, the importance of diversity and mentoring and the advice he has for young lawyers.
Episode 11: Noni Ellison of Tractor Supply on Career Growth, Professional Development and the Expectations of In-house Counsel
Joe West talks with Noni Ellison, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Tractor Supply, about her career path and the key to her success: finding a space where she can be her authentic self and bring all of her skills and experience to work every day.
Duane Morris Partner and American Association of People with Disabilities Board Member Mike Zullo talks about his work at the firm and with the AAPD to advocate for full civil rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities.
Episode 9: JAMS VP and CMO Mark Smalls on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Joe West sits down with Yvonne Kilmer, Office Manager of the Duane Morris San Diego office, Co-leader of the Hispanic/Latino Staff Employee Resource Group, and Vice President of the Association of Legal Administrators, San Diego Chapter, about her experiences at the firm and her involvement in the community.
Joe West talks with Sherry Williams, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary and SVP of Human Resources at SMI (Strategic Materials, Inc.), about her career path and the importance of having your own personal board of directors.
Episode 6: Diversity, Brilliance and Intellectual Property – A Discussion with Former PTAB Judge and Duane Morris IP Partner Monté T. Squire
Joe West talks with Monté T. Squire about his career path – engineer, law school, administrative patent judge and member of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board – and the value a lawyer with deep STEM skills can bring to a business.
Erica McKinley, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of the Big Ten Conference, shares how mentorship – and her active approach to being mentored – helped build relationships and create opportunities throughout her career.
Episode 4: Michael Bernick: Raising Awareness of Neurodiversity, Creating Opportunities for the Neurodiverse
Joe West talks with colleague Michael Bernick, employment lawyer at Duane Morris LLP, about his experiences and efforts to raise awareness of neurodiversity and create job opportunities for people with autism, ADHD and other neurodiverse conditions. Michael serves on the board of the Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education Networking and Development (AASCEND) and is the author of The Autism Job Club and The Autism Full Employment Act.
Joe West talks with the Hon. Shira Scheindlin, former U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of New York, about her career, the landmark cases she presided over, including the “stop-and-frisk” ruling, and why representation matters.
Joe West talks with April Smith, Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County, about her career and why she became a lawyer, her advice for young lawyers, addressing the lack of diversity in the legal profession and a reminder for lawyers who are fighting for change and progress to take time to care for themselves, too.
Joe West and Don H. Liu, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Risk Officer at Target, discuss the importance of creating a culture of professional development within corporate legal departments. Topics include building one's professional brand, navigating moving between industries and developing a career path in the legal industry. Recorded during the 2021 Reuters Events Legal Leaders conference.