In its inaugural year, The State of the Minority Attorney in Chicago Law Firms series addressed intimate issues of minority demographics in Chicago law firms through solutions-based panel discussions. This open panel discussion about the state of minority attorney in Chicago law firms is a chance to participate in a frank discussion about the state of minority attorneys in Chicago while meeting up with friends in the legal community and networking with new people.


The State of the Asian American Attorney – June 3rd at Locke Lord LLP


  • Sailesh K. Patel, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
  • Maryanne C. Woo, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
  • Jean Soh, Shareholder, Polsinelli PC
  • Devan H. Popat, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Eric Y. Choi, Associate, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP


  • Jason J. DeJonker, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Sang-yul Lee, Partner, Locke Lord LLP


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The State of the Hispanic American Attorney – October 7th at DLA Piper LLP


  • Jose A. Isasi II, Partner, Jones Day LLP
  • Elizabeth Lopez, Associate, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Evelyn Sanguinetti, Lieutenant Governor, State of Illinois
  • Joseph Torres, Partner, Winston and Strawn LLP


  • Judge Maria Valdez, Magistrate Judge, Northern District Courts of Illinois

Panelists at The State of the Hispanic American Attorney in Chicago Law Firms








The State of the African American Attorney – October 27th at McDermott Will & Emery LLP


  • Judge Patricia Holmes, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
  • Chad Walker, General Counsel, Morton Salt, Inc.
  • Tiffany Harper, Associate, Polsinelli PC
  • DeJohn Allen, Reed Smith LLP


  • Joseph McCoy, Managing Partner, Bryan Cave LLP