Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University
Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University (Jason Doiy / The Recorder)

Colleen Chien, associate professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, was named a Young Scholar by the American Law Institute, an award presented biannually to only one or two early career professors whose work shows potential to help improve the law.

Do lawyers bear any special responsibility in addressing gender stereotyping and discrimination in tech?

Lawyers uphold norms and have been given microphones by virtue of our professional status. We should all be using them.

Who’s the best leader you’ve seen in action and why?

President Obama. His talent and dedication inspired so many of us on his team and around the world.

After the events that have rocked Silicon Valley this year, are you more or less hopeful about the prospects for women in the tech industry?

More hopeful.

If I could change one thing about working in tech, it would be …

Creating a tech bono culture/service culture.

What piece of advice do you have for young lawyers in tech?

Learn yourself. Figure out what’s important to you outside work. Prioritize self-knowledge and activities that align with your values.

—Ross Todd