How Allyship Advances Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession: Part 3 - Practical Tips for Pulling it All Together (RECORDING)
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.
Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company
Serena Farquharson-Torres is senior counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company where she is responsible for all aspects of patent procurement, counseling, due diligence, litigation and policy. She is located in Lawrenceville, NJ. Serena is focused on the global protection of the company’s innovation and brands. Serena works closely with R&D, manufacturing, and business colleagues to ensure meaningful exclusivity and freedom of operation for BMS products. Serena is also passionate about diversity and inclusion issues and is part of IPO’s Women in IP Committee and Diversity task force as well as the Diversity & Inclusion team of BMS legal department. Prior to joining BMS in 2016, Serena was Senior Counsel at Sanofi, Schering-Plough Corporation and in private practice. Serena has a B.S. in Chemistry from Howard University, Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a J.D., from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Serena has frequently presented on IP topics on behalf of law associations and industry groups.
Executive Director, Corporate Transactions
Merck & Co.
Gloria Fuentes is an Associate Vice President at Merck & Co. Inc. Gloria’s team manages the procurement of patents in support of Merck’s human health R&D efforts. Gloria participates in Merck’s pro bono program, and partners with Legal Services of New Jersey to file U Visa and VAWA applications for victims of domestic violence. Prior to joining Merck, Gloria worked at Schering-Plough, Inc. (2006-2009), Ropes & Gray LLP (1999-2002) and Fish & Neave LLP (2002-2006). 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.