Come January 1, an Am Law 200 agency will even have a lady of colour at its helm. While it’s true that ladies typically, and ladies of colour particularly, make positive factors within the authorized career at a “glacial pace,” in response to a report by the National Association of Women Lawyers, there’s some excellent news. Yesterday, Norton Rose Fulbright introduced that associate Shauna Clark will take the place of Global and U.S. Chair, beginning within the new 12 months.
In the agency’s statements in regards to the appointment, there’s a recognition of the historic nature of Clark taking on the function. It’s the primary time a lady of colour has held both the Global or U.S. Chair function and he or she’ll be the one girl of colour to chair an Am Law 200 agency, as Gerry Pecht, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive, stated:
“Shauna will expand client relationships with her collaborative nature and bring our firm closer together with her unifying vision. Shauna is the first woman of color to hold either of these important positions at our firm as well as the only woman of color to be Chair of an ‘Am Law 200’ firm. Our people and clients will benefit from both her legal prowess and excellent judgment in the courtroom and the boardroom, as well as her invaluable perspective on diversity and inclusion issues.”
Clark acquired her JD from Tulane Law School and acquired her BA in political science from Louisiana State University. She is at the moment U.S. Head of the agency’s Employment and Labor observe and serves on the Global Executive Committee and US Management Committee. Clark, who has been at this agency since 1994, can also be a member of the agency’s U.S. Diversity and Inclusion Committee and US Racial Equality Council, and says “making a positive change” will probably be a precedence for her tenure within the positions:
“My immediate focus is to connect with our clients and grow these relationships through our world-class talent and superior service. I also will work with colleagues and clients to advance racial equality, diversity and inclusion throughout our firm and the legal profession. Following this year’s traumatic events across the US and in other parts of the world, making a positive change stands as even more of a priority, both at Norton Rose Fulbright and throughout our communities.”
And Jeff Cody, the agency’s U.S. Managing Partner, expressed his help of Clark:
“Shauna is a gifted leader, a dynamic communicator and trusted advisor. As our new Global and US Chair, Shauna will bring her passion for the firm and her legal practice to client relationships across the US and around the globe. We have many exciting plans for Norton Rose Fulbright, and we are delighted to have Shauna in these roles.”
The Global Chair is a one-year function, which rotates throughout areas and the U.S. Chair place has a four-year time period.
Congratulations to Clark!
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