- Of the Firm’s Asian attorneys, there are 12 partners, 6 counsel, and 111 associates in the U.S. and London offices.
- Each affinity group has an appointed senior leader sponsor, who is not a member of that demographic group. The sponsors are charged with understanding key issues the group members face and advocating for necessary change. Gary Holtzer, a partner in the Restructuring Department, is the Management Committee Sponsor for AsianAttorneys@Weil.
In 2019, the AsianAttorneys@Weil Affinity Group gathered in Brooklyn, New York for a day and a half of networking, community building, and professional development. Conference highlights included an alumni networking reception at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge with programs such as a Career Paths Panel featuring Weil alumni from Credit Suisse, Synchrony, Hudson’s Bay Company, Culturupt and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. It also included a Fireside chat with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, workshops with Cara Hale Alter focused on executive presence and communication as well as business development workshops with Management Committee Sponsor Gary Holtzer.
Client & Alumni Development
AAW members availed popular pan-affinity events such as the Crazy Rich Asians movie screening. In the past, Weil held a dinner in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring a conversation with Weil Alumni Vanessa Chandis and Erick Flores of NBCUniversal and AAW members attended a WeilLatinx hosted intimate dinner for associates of color with Weil alumni Andrea Saavedra, Vice President at Goldman Sachs and Ray Mercedes, Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel - Chief of Staff at Univision Communications, Inc. In fall 2019, AAW hosted an intimate dinner for female clients in Silicon Valley.
In our continued efforts to support the AAPI community in light of the challenges of hate and bias, Weil partner Susan Shin moderated a fireside chat with author and activist Min Jin Lee and ABC correspondent and WABC-TV New York news reporter CeFaan Kim. They shared their unique perspectives on how they have used their voice and platforms to make a difference.
For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the AsianAttorneys@Weil Affinity Group hosted a variety of programs:
- Conversation with Kenji Yoshino, author of Say the Right thing: How to Talk about Identity, Diversity and Justice. Kenji is also an acclaimed legal scholar and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law.
- Fireside chat with John C. Yang, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Virtual tour of the Japanese American National Museum exploring the Japanese-American experience from the 1860s to the post-war era, including a first-person account by survivor Mas Yamashita.
- Discussion with Liz Kleinrock, an antiracist educator, who shared how individuals can act in solidarity with members of other communities against racism.
As part of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month 2020, Weil hosted Jerry Vattamala, Director of the Democracy Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Jerry touched on topics such as the rise in anti-Asian sentiment as a result of COVID-19 and how redistricting can affect communities of color.
Since 2011, Weil requires all attorneys and administrative staff across the U.S. to complete a two hour Annual Mandatory Diversity Training modeled on the ethics CLE requirement. In 2022, the US training featured Vallotkarp Consulting, delivering programing on how to promote inclusivity as an everyday habit.
Weil started the formal Racial Justice series in 2020 to highlight the racial inequities present in the United States and to increase dialogue. As part of the series, Weil invited speakers from non-profit organizations to take part in fireside chats and discuss their missions. For more on our Racial Justice efforts, click here.
In addition to our longstanding relationships with the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Weil is working with the Asian American Justice Center, the Asian American Business Development Center and the Sikh Coalition on initiatives to protect, support, and empower the AAPI community nationally.
Weil also sponsors a number of other non-profits and bar associations, including Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF); Muslim American Bar Association (MUBANY); National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA); and South Asian Bar Association (SABA).
The Firm sponsors and actively participates in internship opportunities such as the Dallas Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Program (SEO) and Summer Search. Weil's New York Office has provided nearly 100 summer internships to high school and college students from community based organizations since 2013.
The AsianAttorneys@Weil group regularly celebrate key holidays such as Diwali, Eid, Lunar New Year, and Vaiskhi.
In 2023, Weill participated in a cross-firm IFTAR dinner in celebration of Ramadan.
Weil Partner Charan Sandhu hosted a Virtual Spring Holidays Gathering in May 2021 to celebrate Ramadan, Holi, Hola Mohalla and Vaisakhi. Weil also hosts annual Lunar New Year and Diwali celebrations. In 2021, members gathered virtually to share family traditions, celebrations, and support.
Weil is an active member of MUBANY, the Muslim Bar Association of New York, sponsoring a table each year at the MUBANY Annual Gala and has sponsored the organization’s Annual General Meeting and Iftar Dinner.
Weil annually hosts a Lunar New Year networking celebration. 2022 featured a virtual Dumpling class with celebrity chef Katie. Past events included cooking demonstration at Morimoto, a client reception with spoken word poet, Kelly Tsai, a private exhibit viewing at the Museum of Chinese in America, and a group dinner at Philippe.