Building a Latinx Beauty Brand
Even as an associate in Weil’s Dallas office, Regina Merson, Founder and CEO of beauty brand Reina Rebelde, was thinking about her passion – wanting to create a line of makeup focused on the Latinx community. Regina fulfilled that dream, and we are happy to report that she has garnered much media attention for her company, which has been featured in Forbes, Refinery29, Allure, Vogue and O – The Oprah Magazine, and has sold her brand through such retail giants as Amazon, Target and Walmart.
In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Linda D. Domyanic, Manager of Client and Alumni Relations for our Dallas office, talks with Regina about how she built her brand, the advice she has for lawyers considering entrepreneurship, the critical value of her Weil training, and the tremendous diversity within the Latinx community.
A General Counsel's Perspective on Leadership
Former Weil litigator Virginia Johnson recently stepped into her latest role as General Counsel for North America at global energy company Schneider Electric. Virginia oversees a 50-person legal department from the company’s U.S. headquarters in Boston. We’re also happy to report that she’s received notable positive media attention, including from Corporate Counsel, on her move to Schneider.
In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Weil’s Chief Talent Officer Lisa I. Cuevas talks with Virginia, eliciting her advice for lawyers entering new executive leadership roles, including: focus on the relationships and your internal network. Lisa and Virginia also discuss how her strong commitment to sustainability and equity fits well with Schneider’s priorities.
The Future of AI in Law
Weil is always pleased to welcome back innovative and entrepreneurial alumni who are making a difference in the legal profession. Noah Waisberg (NY/Corporate/’06) is helping to transform aspects of corporate law through artificial intelligence.
Noah is CEO and Co-Founder of Kira Systems, which provides machine learning artificial intelligence software that identifies, extracts and analyzes content in contracts and other documents. In conversation with Robert Lennon, Weil’s Chief Business Development & Communications Officer, Noah discusses his recent book – AI for Lawyers: How Artificial Intelligence is Adding Value, Amplifying Expertise and Transforming Careers – which made The Wall Street Journal’s Bestsellers list. Topics include the rapid growth of AI in the legal world and how it can benefit law firms and legal professionals.
Leading Social Impact
Robert Powell, Director, Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility, London, talks with Weil alumnus Anthony Murphy, Founder and Managing Director of Prime Advocates, a not-for-profit law firm and social finance consultancy. Anthony discusses the Women of Impact program, which Weil supports, and other Prime Advocates initiatives that help some of the most innovative social enterprises and firms in the world become even more effective.
Our Finest Hours at Weil and Beyond
This year Weil celebrates 15 years since the Firm adopted its groundbreaking pro bono policy, building on the strong history of pro bono service at the Firm since its founding. Weil became one of the first large law firms to formalize its pro bono program by instituting an official policy, which includes the goal of 50 hours per year per attorney, and hiring a dedicated professional staff.
In this video, Pro Bono Counsel Miriam Buhl thanks Weil alumni for their pro bono service and has a wide-ranging conversation with Weil alumna Wendy Fu about her pro bono service at Weil and her work as Pro Bono Manager of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).
Living Strong and Resilient: A Conversation with Candice Toll Aaron
Candice Aaron’s (NY/Lit/'99) life and career have taken some pretty big twists and turns. A winding career path has landed her at the Charles Schwab Corporation, where she serves as Vice President of Corporate Compliance. At the same time, a challenging health journey has brought her to the Livestrong Foundation as Chair of the Board. In a conversation with Courtney Marcus, Weil Dallas Co-Managing Partner and Banking & Finance Partner, and Kito Huggins, Candice shares lessons from her life and career.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we spoke to alumna Vandana Harris (LON/Tax/’04), Managing Director of Investment Strategy at Unreasonable Group, about the work she leads at her organization, the skills she learned at Weil that she applies in her current work and how she is pivoting the delivery of services and supporting stakeholders who are navigating out of the current crisis.
Retired partner Akiko Mikumo (NY/Corp/’82) finds purpose and power in “the human connection.” Read the full feature here.
Read more from Chris Smith, partner at venture firm Playfair Capital.
Read more from Kristin Brown, President of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence