Diversity & the Bar Magazine

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Inside this issue:

MCCA's Rising Stars


Read about the amazing young attorneys in MCCA's network who will be the face of the legal profession in years to come. The list includes in-house and outside counsel from all over the country. In a few years, it won’t be a surprise to see these attorneys in even more prominent roles.

By Patrick Folliard

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Who Made Same-Sex Marriage A Reality?

Over the past few years, acceptance of same-sex marriage has become mainstream, culminating in the invalidation of the Defense of Marriage Act by the U.S. Supreme Court. Who are the lawyers who made it happen and what challenges are they facing now?

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo


Who Made Partner in 2013?

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association congratulates the attorneys of color joining the partnership ranks in 2013.

Compiled by Joshua H. Shields


In Closing...

Thomas A. Saenz is president and general counsel of he Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization.

By Joshua H. Shields

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Notes from the President & CEO


TWO YEARS AGO A YOUNG ASSOCIATE NAMED TARSHA PHILLIBERT was named a “Rising Star” in this magazine. Today she is a partner at Jenner & Block where she is a member of the white collar defense and investigations practice. As we continue to feature attorneys in our network who are climbing the career ladder, it is fun to watch and revel in their professional achievements.

In this issue we feature twelve attorneys from our network who are in different stages in their careers. Some are associates just starting out in their first Big Law position, while others are moving into new leadership roles. Some have navigated routes through large law firms and others have moved in-house. There is a Korean-American who has only been practicing two years yet has handled negotiation and drafting of all documents for films starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman. There is also an attorney who moved to a new position during the selection of this year’s Rising Stars. That position? General counsel. Regardless of where they are now, they are all moving on and up in the legal world. This group shows that for diverse lawyers, the sky is the limit.

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  Joseph K. West President and CEO of MCCA

Joseph K. West
President & CEO

Publications Staff

President & CEO
Joseph K. West

Founder and
Publisher Emeritus

Lloyd M. Johnson Jr.

Kim Howard, CAE


Publishing Consultants
Toni Coleman
Joanne Richcreek

Don Cooksey

Design/Art Direction
Quad/Graphics Creative


MCCA Staff
Mahzarine Chinoy
David Chu
Donna Crook
Charles H. Hollins, Jr.
Jessica Martinez
Aracely Muñoz Petrich
Andrea Pimm


Contributing Writers
Tom Calarco
Adrienne Dominguez
Patrick Folliard
Lekan Oguntoyinbo
Joshua H. Shields



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In Every Issue

  • Spotlighting…
    An Exceptional Attorney
  • Association Focus
    Profiling Like-Minded Legal Groups
  • Movers & Shakers
    Keep Track of Colleagues’ New Positions
  • Diversity News
    Stay up to date on all Events
  • Lawyer's Lantern
    Illuminating Career Advice from prominent attorneys
  • In Closing...
    Features a brief interview with an attorney that has made headlines for his or her work on a recent case

Media Kit


Those that bring in the business keep the company afloat. Attorneys that have a book of business that exceeds $2 million a year are eligible to be recognized in the pages of Diversity & the Bar®.

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MCCA's 2013 Rising Stars

The old guard is about to hand over the reins to a bright new corps of attorneys who will confront unforeseen challenges as they shepherd the profession into a new world where diversity will matter more than ever.

  • Manuel F. Cachán
  • Nadira Clarke
  • Christopher Garcia
  • Blossom Kan
  • Tirzah Lowe
  • Marie Ma
  • Jeremy D. Protas
  • Teena-Ann Sankoorikal
  • Noni Ellison-Southall
  • Vivian Lee Thoreen
  • Krishna Veeraraghavan
  • Bryan Wahl

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Best Lawyers Under Forty

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association recognizes 21 of the nation's most distinguished attorneys from around the country and across the legal spectrum.

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