Q&A's

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP's GC Says 'Diversity Mandate' Embraced by Law Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.

Anahita and Heiko Thoms

Attorney and Diplomat Bring Together Lawyers, Nonprofits for Human Rights Effort

By Rebecca Baker |

United Against Modern Slavery began about a year ago in the home of Anahita Thoms, counsel to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and her husband, Heiko Thoms, who has served as deputy permanent representative of Germany to the United Nations. The couple became aware of the growing problem of human trafficking through their work and decided to use their connections and resources to bring together attorneys, leaders of nonprofits and UN organizations and charities who are working to help victims.

Shan Thever

Director of City Bar's Small Firm Center Discusses Challenges for Solos, Small Practices

By Jeff Storey |

The goal of the New York City Bar Association's Small Law Firm Center is to provide the kinds of access to services and research tools that attorneys working in big law firms routinely enjoy and to foster networking opportunities among small-firm attorneys. The director, Shan Thever, spoke with the Law Journal on the center's services and goals and the life of a solo or small-firm practitioner.

Ira Millstein

In Trump Era, Weil's Millstein Sees Promise for Corporate Governance

By Nell Gluckman |

Having just turned 90, Weil, Gotshal & Manges senior partner Ira Millstein discusses his decades-long fight to reform corporate boards and his new book on the topic, published this month. Millstein believes directors of companies have a responsibility to improve Americans' view of the corporations they depend upon.

Robert Haig

An Insider's View on Case Volume, Efficiency and Commercial Division Reforms

By Jason Grant |

As chair of the Commercial Division Advisory Council, Kelley Drye & Warren partner Robert Haig thinks a lot about how to streamline litigation and why that's good for business.

Victor Olds

New Prosecutor Ethics Bureau Chief Hopes to Start a Trend

By Andrew Denney |

Among the more than 60 new hires that Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark has announced for her office in recent weeks was Victor Olds, an experienced litigator who, as head of the Professional Responsibility Bureau, has taken on a unique job.