How Allyship Advances Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession: Part 3 - Practical Tips for Pulling it All Together
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Allyship is the practice of promoting and advancing social justice, diversity, and inclusion through supporting members of an oppressed or marginalized group. The third and final part in our three-part allyship series will discuss the learnings from the first two sessions, bringing together different perspectives to provide practical tips for improving allyship personally, organizationally, and systemically.
Rachael Rodman (Moderator)
Ulmer & Berne, LLP
Rachael Rodman is an accomplished litigator who concentrates her practice in the area of IP litigation, and has experience representing clients in variety of cases involving patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret claims. She also has experience in complex business litigation, and has litigated cases involving contract, shareholder, and non-compete disputes. In addition to her substantial trial experience in state and federal court, Rachael has extensive appellate experience, in both Ohio and federal appellate courts. Prior to beginning her litigation practice, Rachael clerked for the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Second Appellate District. She has participated in arbitrations through the American Arbitration Association and the dispute resolution forums of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the American Health Lawyers Association.
Tucker & Ellis LLP
Brian Brookey has litigated intellectual property matters in district courts in numerous states, in U.S. Courts of Appeal, and before the International Trade Commission and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Brian represents a broad range of companies across numerous industries and technologies, including telecommunications, computer software, lasers, construction, apparel, lighting, medical devices, automotives, consumer products, and electronic components.
Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel, Innovation Law
Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company
Serena Farquharson-Torres is a highly experienced and accomplished leader in the intellectual property field and in the pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare industry. Serena is Executive Director & Assistant General Counsel at Bristol Myers Squibb where she has held various roles of increasing responsibility in the Intellectual Property/ Innovation Law group since joining the company in 2016. Serena is one of the Co-Vice Chairs of IPO’s D&I committee and has chaired the BMS Law Department’s D&I Committee. Prior to joining Bristol Myers Squibb, she was Senior Patent Counsel at Merck and then Sanofi. Before joining Merck, she worked in private practice at Kenyon & Kenyon. Serena has significant experience in all aspects of patent practice including prosecution, counseling, and pharmaceutical licensing and acquisitions. Serena received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina, her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from University of Minnesota, and her B.S. in Chemistry from Howard University.
Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company
Gloria Fuentes is Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for Bristol-Meyers Squibb. Previously, Gloria worked at Schering-Plough, Inc. (2006-2009), Ropes & Gray LLP (1999-2002) and Fish & Neave LLP (2002-2006). Most recently, Gloria was with Merck. Gloria has a J.D. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and a B.S. from Cornell University.
Harrity & Harrity, LLP
John Harrity has been involved in the patent field for 20 years. His current practice consists primarily of client counseling, and preparing and prosecuting patent applications. John has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in a wide variety of electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical technologies. He excels at coming up to speed quickly on inventions and converting even the most difficult inventions into an understandable patent application. John’s practice further includes filing PCT applications and prosecuting patent applications before the Patent Offices in Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Canada, and many other countries. In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the United States and foreign countries, he also analyzes inventions for infringement and validity.