This week’s Legal Speak features business of law reporter Patrick Smith in conversation with Orrick associates Andrea Mazingo and Walter Alarkon—two of the firm’s six inaugural Racial, Social, and Economic Justice Fellows. Orrick established the fellowship program in 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and national protests over systemic racism and inequality. Associates selected for the fellowship are spending 2021 working full-time at partner non-profit organizations focused on civil rights, racial justice, and economic empowerment.

Orrick associate Walter Alarkon. Courtesy photo