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Kip Hale: Accountability and Progress – a Career in International Law

Kip Hale is an attorney specializing in atrocity crimes accountability, specifically investigating such crimes in conflict zones. He has spent time as Senior Counsel at the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, and as an attorney at the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Cambodia.

Our conversation traces how Kip landed what for many law students might be seen as a “dream job” in international legal practice, some of the highs and lows of this pursuit and what his focuses are today.

Genie Cesar-Fabian – Law, Literature and Pride, not Prejudice

Genie Cesar-Fabian is a Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Palladium Equity Partners, based in the NYC area. She previously worked as in-house counsel, a law professor and an attorney in private practice. She lives with her wife and two children in the NYC area.

An empowering conversation that tracks Genie’s coming out in NYC in the 1990s and her legal career as a professor, in private practice and then in-house.

Perry Zizzi – Adventures in Corporate Law

Perry Zizzi is a Managing Partner at Dentons based in Bucharest, Romania, and he has worked in corporate law since the mid 1990s. He is the President, Founder and Board Member of the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce.

This trip down memory lane tracks his journey from upstate NY to the Peace Corps in Pulau to international corporate law in Romania.

Richard Daly – Technology Enables a Vision for Change

Richard Daly is an executive officer in the Irish Department of Defence.  A lawschool classmate of mine, Richard graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an LLB in 1995.  

Richard has been completely blind from birth and we discuss his early education at St. Joseph’s school for the blind and his subsequent pursuit of legal studies

Fran Jakubowicz – Marketing Visionary; Energizing Mentor

Fran Jakubowicz is CEO at SunHouse Marketing, a firm that generates leads and conducts social media and digital marketing for clients across verticals including Medtech, Pharma, Fintech, Startups, Law, Consumer Goods, Education and SAAS. She previously held a range of director of marketing positions across firms in Israel and Canada, and is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs across Israel.

In our discussion Fran discusses her own career journey, and how she bounced back from a sudden career setback that sprung from a recession. The silver lining of this setback was that it served as a catalyst to boost her own entrepreneurial plans, and she shares some thoughts on dos and don’ts when starting one’s own business.

Avigail Levine – Amplifying Voices; Restoring Belonging

Avigail Levine is head of marketing and ecosystem relations at Samsung Next TLV in Tel Aviv. She originally studied law, and spent the first years of her career in legal roles, and moved into the tech industry in 2013, where she has held a series of roles including head of portfolio development at a venture capital fund. She is a co-founder and advisor at Restart, whose goal is to help wounded soldiers reintegrate into “real life” after a life changing event. She is also a fellow podcaster at Ma Batafkid, where she broadcasts about non-techie roles in the start-up ecosystem.

Our discussion covers Avigail’s decision to leave law and build a career in tech, even if it meant starting at a lower level on the career ladder, and how she advanced through the area.

Dennis Archer – Leadership, Service and a Powerful Legacy

Dennis Archer has had a legendary career, as a lawyer, then as a judge on the Michigan Supreme Court and as mayor of Detroit from 1994 – 2001, and he was the first black head of the ABA. He is currently Chairman Emeritus at Dickinson Wright, a Detroit law firm, in addition to multiple Committee and Board Roles.

A highlight reel of an extraordinary career, Dennis Archer has worn many hats and is deeply committed to making the law a more diverse and equitable place for the next generation.

Carolyn Saunders – The Art of Playing Many Parts

Carolyn Saunders is a Partner and Head of Pensions at Pinsent Masons, one of the largest specialist pensions law teams in the UK. She focuses not just on traditional areas of pensions law, but also on issues at the cutting edge of current discourse, particularly around areas such as sustainable investing, climate risk governance and trustee fiduciary duties in this respect. She is an active participant in affinity groups such as the Fawcett Society and has a passionate interest in theatre and the arts.

Our discussion tracks Carolyn’s career, her love of London and her passion for theatre, the return of life to lockdown London and her thoughts on diversity in the profession.

Dr. Margaret Casely-Hayford, CBE – A Renaissance Career for a Changing World

Dr. Margaret Casely-Hayford, CBE is Chancellor of Coventry University, a role she has held for close to 4 years. She has had an extensive career in law, having been a partner at Dentons for close to 20 years, and has held roles as NED of the NHS, as a Special Trustee at Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens’ Charity, Chair at Shakespeares’ Globe, and as a Board Member of Co-op, to name just a few.

A profoundly inspiring conversation that traces Margaret’s long career in law, her portfolio career, her insights onto what is next for third level education and her views on diversity an inclusion in the legal profession.

Walter H. White, Jr. – From the Knee of MLK to the Paths of World Leaders

Walter White is an international business and finance lawyer, most recently with the London office of McGuireWoods, now retired and working on a number of projects. He is a committed human rights advocate and active participant in the American Bar Association’s Section on Civil Rights & Social Justice in recognition of which he received an award for distinguished service for “providing leadership to the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties and social justice.” He was chair of the ABA Center for Human Rights.

This discussion with guest host Patrick Devitt, tracks Walter’s extraordinary career in global legal practice, his time living in Russia, his interactions with world leaders and his commitment to civil liberties and social justice.