Inspiring People in Law

A podcast series focused on the career stories of extraordinary people in the law, ranging from the first transgender person elected as a trial judge in the US, one of the first African Americans to be appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court and the former mayor of Detroit, trailblazers in international corporate law and international criminal law and others.

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Inspiring People in Law Podcasts

Jenny Whiteman: A Vision for Visibility

Jenny Whiteman is a Director of Legal Services at the international business of Federated Hermes, based in London, a role she has held for over 12 years. She previously worked as a solicitor at Eversheds. She lives with her wife and two children in London. Recorded during Lesbian Visibility week this conversation explores the particular position...
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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...
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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 ...
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Judge Victoria Kolakowski – Authenticity On and Off the Bench

The Honorable Judge Victoria Kolakowski, is a judge of the Superior Court of Alameda County, in the Bay Area of California and in November 2010 she was the first Transgender person to be elected a Trial Judge. Judge Kolakowski is a committed advocate for transgender people and makes herself available throughout the United States and internationally...
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GuyLaine Charles

Guylaine Charles – Derivatives, Counsel and Impact

GuyLaine Charles and I met when we started on the same day as junior associates in a NYC law firm in the mid-90s. GuyLaine became a specialist in derivatives and recently launched her own firm, Charles Law PLLC, to represent clients in the negotiation of financial agreements including prime brokerage, futures and options, limited partnership and cr...
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Inspiring People in Law Resources

Inspiring People in Law Themes

Victoria Kolokowski discusses her first legal role, which she moved into after law school, following her transition to become a woman 24.18 to 28.33

Dennis Archer discusses his impressions of diversity in the law: 25.41 to 28.17

Perry Zizzi discusses the change in inclusion in the legal profession since he entered in 1995, and shares his thoughts as to changes that remote working as it came about during the pandemic will cause: 11.02 to 15.51

Margaret Casely-Hayford comments on how diversity in law has been slow to change: 9.34 to 12.37 and 13.07 to 17.48

Kip Hale shares some of the high and low points so far of his career in international law: 10.43 to 14.57

Walter White on how it is inconceivable for him to be a lawyer and not to fight for justice and civil rights and his views on the state of human rights in the world today 29.34 to 33.50

Dennis Archer discusses his impressions of diversity in the law: 25.41 to 28.17


Go to our Meditations Hub for a series of free inspiring meditations. Whether you want to start the day with a positive mindset, reset during the day, calm your mind or draw upon the power to forgive, these reflections will encourage you to give yourself this time.

Go to our Coaching Hub for videos from some of our inspiring guests and coaches to help with your career and personal development.

Hear from Oli Shakir-Khalil about his mental health advocacy here: Listen from 6.30 to 12.5 on Apple or Spotify.


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