Where Are We Now? The Progression of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Face of a Global Pandemic and Racial Reckoning

April 29, 2021 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM


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It has been about one year since the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and horrific acts of violence against black people shone the spotlight on the Black Lives Matter movement.  These landmark events prompted law firms, companies, and other organizations to renew their focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.  But where are we now?  How are firms, companies and other organizations continuing to address issues that have impeded the success and opportunities of diverse attorneys and creating a more inclusive workspace? 

Join our panel of D&I leaders on April 29th beginning at 2:30pm (ET) to hear how far we have come and where we are heading. Break-out sessions will follow the presentations so that we can share our experiences and continue our journey towards a more inclusive and diverse profession.

DIIPL Project Team: DE&I Task Force

ModeratorKim Gatling (Fox Rothschild)

Speakers: Phil Hampton (Polsinelli), Laura Acosta (Goodwin Procter), David Wallace (Johnson & Johnson) and Marilu Medina (Procter & Gamble)  

Hosted by the Diversity in IP Law Committee



  • wallace_david_200 Wallace, David

    Johnson & Johnson | Group Leader, Health Technology Team

    David Wallace is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Law Department, and Group Leader of the Health Technology Team. In his role as Group Leader, David’s primarily responsible for day-to-day activities regarding the patent aspects of the health technology initiatives across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.
  • Hampton, Phillip200 Hampton, II, Philip G.

    Polsinelli | Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Senior Partner

    Mr. Hampton, a multi-faceted IP law practitioner for more than 40 years, focuses on patent and trademark litigation, patent and trademark counseling, trademark prosecution, and licensing and merchandising agreements based on patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights as well as transactions related to the transfer of intellectual property pursuant to corporate acquisitions.
  • medina_marilu_200 Medina, Marilú

    The Procter & Gamble Company | Director & Assistant General Counsel

    Marilú Medina is Director & Assistant General Counsel at The Procter & Gamble Company, supporting its Global Privacy, Cybersecurity and Information Technology Law team. Her current work is focused on global employee data privacy compliance, including COVID-19 related privacy issues.
  • gatling_kimberly_200 Bullock Gatling, Kimberly

    Fox Rothschild LLP | Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

    Greensboro attorney Kimberly Bullock Gatling has built a reputation for her expertise in the field of intellectual property, licensing and litigation, while contributing to the growth of the legal profession in her role as partner and the first chief diversity & inclusion officer for one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms, Fox Rothschild LLP.
  • acosta_laura_200 Acosta, Laura

    Goodwin | Managing Director, Diversity, Equity + Inclusion

    Laura Acosta helps organizations unlock collaboration and innovation by disrupting the status quo. She is Managing Director of Diversity, Equity + Inclusion at Goodwin, a global 50 law firm with a history of working on groundbreaking matters and an increasingly focused approach to working with clients in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries.
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