Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Raising the Bar: Creating a Legal Path
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.
Panelists: Kimberly Lau, Partner and Chair, Title IX/College Disciplinary Department, Warshaw Burstein LLP; Lisa Lim, Partner, Akerman LLP; Manisha Sheth, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice, Office of the NYS Attorney General
Moderator: Bonnie Wong, President, Asian Women In Business
AWIB thanks the panelists for their participation and Akerman LLP for sponsoring this event!
Please see speakers' bios and photos from the event.