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Rudy Figueroa, general counsel for Mitsui Rail Capital LLC, affixes his title to each email he sends so that he’s not mistaken for an analyst, a paralegal, or some other person who’s not involved with whatever transaction or discussion is occurring. Using his title is something he does to answer the question, “Why do I belong here?” It gets tiring, he said.
Figueroa’s was one of many examples that panelists on Wednesday’s Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation “Courageous Conversations #StopAsianHate” webinar shared about the challenges that Asian American legal professionals face in the workplace. The webinar took place just weeks after a gunman walked into three different Atlanta-area spas and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women.
Bob Taylor, who is joining Deloitte Legal Services after 25 years inside the legal department at Liberty Mutual, believes that most corporate in-house teams are eager to take advantage of technology. But whether or not many are actually ready to undertake that transformation is an entirely different story.
Given the ongoing state of the COVID-19 pandemic, CLOC was uncomfortable committing to an in-person Global Institute for 2021. However, depending on the progress of the vaccine rollout, the organization is open to the possibility of pursuing regional in-person events in the latter half of the year.
In-house counsel's growing role within the enterprise may be making it harder to distinguish privileged communications and documents during litigation, according to Legalweek(year) 2021 panel.
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