In honor of Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month, we asked MoFo’s Technology Transactions Group (TTG) members from all of our offices to share their thoughts on the month-long celebration, their tips for the next generation of law students and why they feel diversity. is crucial in providing innovative solutions to our customers.
Founded in 1883, MoFo’s San Francisco office is where it all began, and the office has been a leading member of the Bay Area legal community ever since. Located near Silicon Valley, MoFo’s technology transactions team in San Francisco, along with Palo Alto, is at the epicenter of the most recent technological revolution.
Their in-depth understanding of not only legal issues, but also technological and business issues that arise in a range of new technological sectors, makes them the go-to team for full-service corporate, finance, intellectual property and litigation to customers of all stages of development. The team’s client-centric approach is further enhanced by the diversity of its lawyers, who bring their own unique perspectives and skills to solving some of their clients’ most difficult problems.
The San Francisco Technology Transactions Group is made up of 48% minority lawyers and 43% female lawyers. To further support and encourage an inclusive culture, the San Francisco office offers a number of networking events, training and mentoring opportunities, as well as affinity groups designed to provide a safe space for diverse voices, including including San Francisco Asian, Black Attorneys, Latina / o, LGBTQ +, Affinity Groups for Women, Women of Color and Working Moms.
San Francisco partner Billy Schwartz is encouraging more Asian and Pacific Americans to pursue careers in law. “I think it’s important that members of the AAPI community – and other communities that have historically been the target of discrimination – become lawyers. The most recent spike in AAPI hate crimes is just a reminder of this. The law is an essential tool – along with education, political engagement, community organization and other tools – to combat the evils of our society, including racism and xenophobia, and the use of this tool by the AAPI community can be both powerful and stimulating. ”
MoFo’s Technology Transactions Group has always recognized the importance of diversity and inclusion. That’s why the American group, whose 68% of its members identify as women, minorities or LGBTQ +, continues to capitalize on the creativity and innovation that its members bring to the most difficult legal and business problems of our countries. clients.
Read what some of the other TTG San Francisco lawyers had to say about the importance of celebrating this month every year:
Evangeline Phang is an attorney whose practice focuses on transactional matters involving intellectual property and technology, including licensing, development agreements, collaborative agreements, service agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements. , outsourcing, investments and mergers and acquisitions.
Q: What are some of the biggest challenges Asian Pacific Americans face in American society today? What changes have you seen start to take shape in order to mitigate or eliminate these challenges?
A: The challenges that Asian Pacific Americans face in American society today are not new. They were simply drowned under the guise of the model myth of the minority. In reality, our struggles are often shaped by our diverse identities, for example, a collective identity within the broad category of “Asian Pacific Americans”, a subgroup identity, an identity shaped by our family, community and community environments. socio-economic, and our individual identity. The bamboo ceiling still exists. The glass ceiling still exists. The challenges of upward mobility still exist. What is in my opinion, the emergence of a new generation of people whose primary focus may no longer be conformity to traditional American ideals like their predecessors, whose voices are reinforced by events imposed on their own communities and to other communities of color, and who have the language to educate allies in their experiences. As an Asia-Pacific American lawyer, Southeast Asian lawyer, first generation immigrant lawyer and lawyer, I am fortunate to find myself in a place like MoFo, where I was not only given the space to become the person I am meant to be without erasing my experiences, but also the opportunities to discuss my experiences with fellow allies, and the opportunities to work with like-minded clients values on significant projects.
Jackie Li is a lawyer whose practice focuses on technology and intellectual property issues, including licensing and general trade agreements. She has advised clients on the commercial, intellectual property and technological aspects of M&A transactions.
Q: What are some of the biggest challenges Asian Pacific Americans face in today’s society? What changes have you seen start to take shape in order to mitigate or eliminate these challenges?
A: In light of recent events, it is all the more important that we celebrate Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month and our diverse cultural identities. I hope the Asian and Pacific American community will continue to speak up and speak out against racial injustice, while building stronger alliances with the community as a whole.
Monica Cai is a partner and was a Keith Wetmore Fellow for Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion in the San Francisco office during the summers of 2018 and 2019.
Question: What advice would you give to encourage more Asian and Pacific Americans to pursue a career in law?
A: If you choose to pursue a career in law, you will find incredible support from the Asian and Pacific American community, both in law school and in practice. When I first started I didn’t realize how willing people would be to give advice and serve as a sounding board and this sense of camaraderie and even family has been extremely precious and rewarding to me.
Scott Chen is a partner and was a summer partner in the San Francisco office during the summer of 2019. While at New York University Law School, he served as Treasurer of Social Enterprise & Startup Law Group and note editor for the NYU Journal of Environmental Law.
Question: What does Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month mean to you?
A: For me, Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month is an opportunity for the community to come together and share personal experiences of overcoming challenges and successes and to celebrate our diverse cultural backgrounds.
Gilbert Choi is a partner and was a summer partner in the San Francisco office during the summer of 2019. While at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, he served as co-chair of the Patent Law Society and editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Business Law Journal.
Question: How, if at all, has being an Asian American and a peaceful one made you a better / different lawyer?
A: Being Asian American has helped me realize that there is already a great diversity of cultures and backgrounds within the Asian-Pacific American community. Understanding that this diversity – and diversity in general – makes us stronger reminds me to consider and include the thoughts and perspectives of others in my practice.
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