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Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2015

Author(s): Lorraine S. McGowen, Anna L. Brown, Nate Saint-Victor
Practice Area: Employment, Pro Bono
Published: Feb 2015
PLI Item #: 58344
CHB Spine #: B2152

Lorraine McGowen is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she focuses on restructurings.  She is a co-chair of Orrick’s firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives and recently completed two terms of service on the firm’s 11-member Board of Directors.  She previously chaired Orrick’s Restructuring Group.   Her clients include leading financial institutions, syndicated lender groups, creditor committees and other parties seeking to maximize recoveries in complex bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights controversies in the U.S. and internationally.  Among her awards and honors, she was recognized as a Diversity Champion by the New York City Bar Association in 2012, as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine in 2015, and the National Black Lawyers Top 100 in 2016.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and ranked as a Leading Lawyer by the IFLR1000.  Ms. McGowen is on the Board of Legal Advisers for Legal Outreach, a non-profit college-bound program for students in disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City and on the Advisory Committee for the Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.   She is also on the Board of Directors for the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.  Ms. McGowen graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1983 and Columbia School of Law in 1986.

Anna L. Brown is the North America Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Baker & McKenzie LLP, a premiere global law firm with 77 offices in 47 countries.  Ms. Brown is responsible for designing and implementing all aspects of the organization’s internal and external global diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives in North America.

Ms. Brown serves on the New York City Bar Association Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession and previously served on the Subcommittee on Bioethics.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, member of the American Bar Association and past President of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals.

Ms. Brown is the co-author of “Diversity in Action: A Manual for Diversity Professionals in Law,” a new publication designed as a resource and educational tool for those performing diversity roles in law firms and corporate legal departments.  She is also the recipient of the 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association.

Ms. Brown serves on the board of the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership and the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc.   She is a graduate cum laude of Howard University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York.

Nate Saint-Victor is an Executive Director in the Legal and Compliance Division of Morgan Stanley.  Nate provides advice to Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on issues pertaining to the laws, rules and regulations applicable to investment advisers and brokers-dealers, with a focus on alternative investments, research and investment advisory programs.  Previously, Nate was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell where he practiced in the Investment Management Group.  Since 2009, Nate has served on the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Alternative Investments Roundtable and previously served on the SIFMA Investment Advisor/ Broker-Dealer Task Force, SIFMA Investment Advisory Committee and the Certified Financial Planner Board Business Model Working Group.  Nate regularly participates on a broad range of panels and has been published covering issues such as securities laws, diversity and inclusion and professional development.

Nate is also the former Chair of the Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee (LCDDIC) which, with over 200 active members, is one of the most formidable efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion within the legal and compliance professions.  Through his leadership, recruitment efforts and cultivation of talent, participation quadrupled during his tenure and the firm and certain employees have been recognized industry-wide for their innovative efforts.  He has been an active member of the LCDDIC since 2006.

Nate is on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE), a non-profit alliance of financial services industry experts who are regulators and practitioners that create and provide educational programs to increase and diversify access to the financial services industry and its leadership careers.  Nate is also on the Advisory Council for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms.  Nate is Co-Chair of the New York City Bar Association Enhancing Diversity in the Profession Committee and previously sat on the Committee on Diversity Pipeline Initiatives, the Committee on Minorities in the Profession, and the Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award Selection Committee, the last for which he served as Chair. Nate is a 2009 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow and is currently Co-Chair for the CUP Fellows Alumni Board.  Nate also served on the Pipeline Crisis/Winning Strategies Early Care and Education Working Group, sponsored by Goldman Sachs and Sullivan and Cromwell.  Nate is on the Executive Committee of The Group, a collective of senior in-house African-American male attorneys and an adviser to 1844, a collective of black male law firm associates.

Nate enjoys mentoring high school students through Legal Outreach, which prepares urban youth from underserved communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels by using intensive legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education. He is a recurring judge for Legal Outreach moot court competitions, an annual guest speaker for their 8th grade summer program for black and latino boys (Pathways to Achievement and Community Transformation, or PACT), currently sits on Legal Outreach’s Advisory Board, and was recognized as an “Elder of the Village”, the organization’s highest honor.

Nate has also been recognized as a 2015 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Catalyst Change Agent in Law and a 2015 National Bar Association “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” honoree.

Nate received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he co-founded the Duke Business Club and the Duke Investment Club, and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was on the Journal of Gender and the Law, the Barristers’ Council, the nationally ranked Frederick Douglass moot court team and served as President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA).