6. Tackling Obstacles Common to Asian-American Lawyers

6. Tackling Obstacles Common to Asian-American Lawyers

This is the sixth episode of our series on creating a career plan for diverse lawyers. In this episode, we’ll touch upon some of the common roadblocks that Asian-American lawyers face in their path to professional development and we will also talk about how to address these obstacles.

This episode was developed with invaluable input from Geneve Dubois, an Asian-American partner at DLA Piper. You can access her biography here: https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/people/d/dubois-geneve/.

“In our culture, attorneys are traditionally viewed as aggressive and forceful. They are supposed to fight for their client and are expected to always win. In the minds of some people, having a polite and seemingly non-confrontational demeanor might seem incompatible with what many believe is the attitude that a lawyer has to bring to the job.”

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About:

Ariadna (Ari) Alvarez is a diverse partner at an AM 100 firm and prior to that, a partner at a Hispanic-owned, mid-sized, corporate firm. She is also a certified career coach. Throughout her career, she has been involved with career development programs focused on women attorneys and diverse lawyers. Her tips and skills of the trade come from more than 20 years of experience in the field of law, as well as an awareness of the formal and informal requirements to grow professionally.

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