Introduction to the Myth of the Meritocracy in the Legal Profession (RECORDING)

The legal profession has long been plagued by the myth of meritocracy. Traditional merit-based hiring practices exclude candidates that could not pay for or get admitted to a top-tier law school as well as candidates that are not similar in background to the decision makers in law firms and corporate legal departments. In recent years, law firms and corporate legal departments have revamped, or tried to revamp, their diversity and inclusion initiatives. Active ongoing discussions are trending on advantages of a diverse workforce and ways to hire and retain diverse candidates. However, many diversity & inclusion initiatives seem to fail to address the myth of the meritocracy, which is a core issue still silently plaguing D&I efforts within law firms and corporate legal departments.

In this webinar, the panelists will discuss the basics around what the myth of the meritocracy is and how it affects the legal profession along with some practical tips on addressing the myth of the meritocracy. The panelists will be using the published white paper as their guide.

This webinar is sponsored by Banner Witcoff, Boult Wade Tennant LLP and Fletcher Yoder

Shruti Costales

Senior Legal Counsel, OEM Software Procurement

Dell Technologies

Shruti Costales is currently OEM Software Procurement Senior Legal Counsel at Dell Technologies. Prior to joining Dell Technologies, she was Senior Counsel at another Fortune 100 corporation where she was responsible for all 3D printing materials related commercial transactions, Intellectual Property (IP) transactions, and patent portfolios. Shruti is a licensed patent attorney with almost 20 years of legal experience working in private practice, in-house, and with the Federal Government. She has experience working on various IP matters, litigations, transactions, due diligence assessments, and procurement matters. Shruti earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and her Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She is the Co-Chair for the Speakers Subcommittee for Dell’s Pro Bono Committee and she is also the Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the Intellectual Property Owners Association where she has co-authored many white papers and guides. 

Susi Fish


Boult Wade Tennant

Susi Fish is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in the High Tech and Electrical Group of Boult Wade Tennant. Susi works across a range of technologies; mainly focused on biomedical engineering, medical physics and aerospace related matters. However, Susi has additional experience working in the fields of design, manufacture and testing of mechanical systems. She also involves colleagues with expertise in other specialties where more appropriate for particular matters. As well as prosecuting patent applications before the UKIPO and EPO, Susi has also had significant successes in opposition and appeal work before the EPO. Susi is an active supporter of IP Inclusive, and serves as co-chair for the Women in IP group. She also sits on the Diversity and Inclusion and Women in IP committees of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Susi is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and sits on their Women in IP and IP Practice in Europe committee. She spoke on diversity and inclusion matters at the IQPC Global IP Exchange. She is a co-author on a couple of whitepapers issued by the IPO; one entitled “Diversity in the European Innovation Industry and IP profession” and the other entitled “The myth of the meritocracy in law firms and corporate legal departments“.

Mercedes Meyer


Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D., draws on her doctorate in virology and degree in chemistry to apply a deep understanding of complex biotechnology and scientific research in advising life science clients on commercializing and protecting product innovations as well as performing diligence for investing in new technologies. She oversees global patent portfolio development, patent portfolio due diligence and war games, strategy and management on behalf of clients and counsels on innovation monetization. Mercedes maintains an extensive biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent management and prosecution practice, particularly in corporate joint development projects. Mercedes also advises and speaks frequently on patent ethics.

Priya Subramony

Senior Patent Agent at Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Priya Subramony is an experienced IP professional with 23+ years of U.S. patent prosecution as well as in-house expertise in handling large cross-business patent portfolios across many jurisdictions, working with clients in innovation sensing, capture, competitor intelligence, IP due diligence, product clearance and in- and out- licensing in biotechnology and other mechanical art areas.

Jim Thomas


Fletcher Yoder

Jim Thomas joined Fletcher Yoder in November 2011. His areas of technological familiarity include electrical power systems, control systems, semiconductor fabrication and design, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, database management, seismic data processing, and a wide variety of other electrical and mechanical arts.


Introduction to the Myth in the Meritocracy (RECORDING)
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