The legal profession has always been challenging for parents and caregivers, and the COVID-19 pandemic both exacerbated those challenges while also creating new opportunities. Legal employers across the industry -- from small firms to large firms to corporations and government -- now have a unique opportunity to rethink the way that they structure recruitment and retention policies to maximize the talent and diversity in their workforce. Neda Shapourian presented on a panel entitled "Recruiting and Retaining Parent & Caregiver Talent in a Post-Pandemic Legal Industry" for the Bar Association of San Francisco's Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Barristers Club with three other parent-lawyers.
Lindsey S. Mignano presented for students of UC Hastings, her alma mater, as to corporate and transactional practices. She was interviewed by the Professional Development Office of UC Hastings regarding how she became a corporate lawyer, how she started her law firm with co-founders Teela C. Smith and Neda Shapourian, and what she wished she knew when she was a law student at UC Hastings.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Jason D. Crain presented "Flips and Financing: Flipping your Company and Venture Financing Trends in H2 2022" for Founders Embassy at Mindspace. They discussed how foreign founders can flip their companies for venture financing or create subsidiaries for expansion purposes, and host a subsequent happy hour for the accelerator cohort.
Lindsey Mignano, Vivek Gutheti of CFO Plans, Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures and Xiaoming Yin of Lockheed Martin Ventures presented a panel at the "Founders Live San Francisco Startup Competition", discussing best tips to deploy services and products.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law presented for Swissnex's cohort, discussing best practices for foreign founders to immigrate to the US, as well as how foreign founders can flip their companies for venture financing or create subsidiaries for expansion purposes.
Lindsey S. Mignano, in her capacity as a Board Member for the Stanford Alumni Association's Women's Impact Network (WIN), organized a panel entitled, "Latinas Tell All: Stories of Purpose, Peaks, and Valleys In and Beyond the Farm" for Stanford Alumni Association's Women's Impact Network. The panel was comprised of Jennifer Martinez, Policy Communications Manager, Reality Labs at Meta; Linda Serrato-Ybarra, State Representative at New Mexico House of Representatives; Valerie Villarreal, Consumer Social Product Manager turned Fintech Leader @ Cash App, ex Nubank, IG and Snap; and Silvia Sanchez Bor, Marine Program Manager at WildAid. Panelists discussed what being Hispanic means to them, their experience attending Stanford, and how their diverse backgrounds place them in unique positions in their current professions. Jessica Flores, Head of Media and Executive Training at Google, moderated.
:Neda Shapourian moderated a panel entitled "How to Start a Small Law Firm: Building, Scaling, and Thriving" with panelists Mark Punzalan, Jamie Dupree, Mark Conrad, Melody Rissell and Mary Catherine Wiederhold for the Bar Association of San Francisco. Panelists discussed: (1) operation as a sole practitioner or corporate formation as an llp or professional corporation, (2) hiring employees and independent contractors of the firm to scale and grow; and (3) drafting agreements
To take advantage of the robust financing environment, foreign early stage startups having raised limited Seed financing abroad, may consider flipping their companies and raising more significant Series Seed or A rounds here in the US. How can corporate counsel best support these startups? Lindsey S. Mignano and Jason Crain presented on the state of venture financing in 2022, how to flip foreign entities to procure venture financing, and how to help a company, foreign or American, raise a Series Seed or Series A round here in the US in a panel entitled "Doing Business in the US: Flipping in Preparation for VC Financing in the US" for KiwiTech.
Teela Smith judged the Aquillius Pitchday Competition. Aquillius teams developed a solution to a real-world problem. They took a concept from the drawing board, through prototyping, proof of concept, and developed a go-to-market strategy in just under 10 weeks.
Historically, corporations have used corporate social responsibility programs to tackle heavy issues such as gender discrimination and racism. Jason Crain spoke alongside Kevin Benedicto of Morgan Lewis Bockius, Bao Vu of Stoel Rives, Al Brooks of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Kate Mortensen of iPondr on a panel entitled "The State of Corporate Racial Justice Initiatives: Analyses and Conclusions Two Years After George Floyd" for The Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Panelists spoke regarding the state of corporate social responsibility programs, and what in-house lawyers and the law firms that serve them can do to effectuate true change in recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse individuals.