Raising the Bar



AWIB features prominent Asian women in the legal profession in our annual series, aptly titled Raising the Bar.  Our first program was in 2011, a year when we thought this would be a one time event.  Our panel of leaders in the legal profession inspired the sold out crowd of women, anxious to see how we are achieving success in the legal profession.  Based on the clear need for legal role models, our second year featured Asian women Judges, women who have made a positive impact in the American judicial system. Our third year consisted of Asian women in management roles as prosecutors, women who protect the public interest.  At the fourth Raising the Bar, we had a group of Asian Women corporate counsels and for the fifth, we featured a powerful group of Partners in major firms.

Raising the Bar 2017

Raising the Bar: Creating a Legal Path
April 19, 2017

Our 7th annual legal forum titled, "Raising the Bar: Creating a Legal Path", was filled with laughter, introspective thought, and wise insights as our three speakers delved into the experiences that led them on their unique paths.

Kimberly Lau specializes in Title IX/College Disciplinary cases, where she deals with disciplinary matters, including, academic dishonesty, theft, harassment, sexual misconduct, and gender discrimination. Kimberly is an expert in a unique area of law where there is little competition and her services are in demand. Looking forward five years, she said that while unsure of exactly what to expect, she wanted to continue making a difference.

Lisa Lim's focus is on everything real estate and specializes in finance, which she learned from working at a variety of government housing agencies. Lisa worked in government for many years and smoothly transitioned to private as a partner. A rainmaker, Lisa has brought in 22 new clients for the firm and credits the older partners for their guidance. 

Manisha Sheth has always been a litigator and presently supervises a staff of close to 300 people at the AG's office. Mild mannered, Manisha is a powerhouse trial attorney. Of her plans for the near future, she said simply, "I don't know," but indicated looking forward to it all the same. Whether she should return to private practice or become a prosecutor, she will excel.

The Panel discussion was followed by a Q&A and attendees had the opportunity to exchange their ideas with the speakers. Our speakers have clearly established legal paths that they have made their own. The panelists offered the following advice: 1) Don't allow negativism to influence you 2) always exude confidence and 3) Speak up and believe you have something to say.

Panel Members

Kimberly LauPartner and Chair, Title IX/College Disciplinary Department, 
Warshaw Burstein LLP

Lisa Lim, Partner, Akerman LLP
Manisha Sheth, Executive Deputy Attorney General, Office of the NYS Attorney General

Akerman LLP
666 Fifth Avenue | 20th Floor
New York, NY 10103
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Photos from the event

Past Raising the Bar Forums:

2016: Raising the Bar: The Door Between Public and Private Sectors
2015: Raising the Bar: Asian Women Partners in Major Firms
2014 Raising the Bar: Asian Women Corporate Counsel
2013 Raising the Bar and Tearing Down Barriers: Asian Women Prosecutors and the Pursuit of Justice 
2012 Raising the Bar: Perspectives on Taking the Bench
2011 Raising the Bar: Asian Women Leading in the Legal Profession





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