Orrick’s Betsy Popken has been passionate about human rights since before she went to law school. She brought that passion to Orrick, working on pro bono matters as a summer and full-time associate. When the Arab Spring began, she took leave with her litigation practice group’s support to work on UN-mediated peace negotiations in Syria and Darfur. Now back at the firm, she and Geneva-based partner James Hargrove have co-founded Orrick’s Business & Human Rights practice. In honor of Human Rights Day, Mitch talks with Betsy and James about this evolving area of law and new questions raised by AI and other technologies.
In this inspiring podcast, meet Guido Rahr, conservationist and CEO of one of Orrick’s longtime pro bono clients, the Wild Salmon Center. Guido talks with Mitch about his unique approach to protecting wild salmon ecosystems and why we should all “fall in love with a river.” Mitch also published a Business Insider opinion on how entrepreneurs can apply Guido’s stronghold strategy to make their companies stronger.
You probably hear a lot about what law firms are doing to become more diverse and inclusive. But what does the research say actually works? Author, researcher and lawyer Dr. Arin Reeves offers evidence-based recommendations on how law firms can interrupt confirmation bias, better help diverse and women lawyers succeed, and build lasting relationships across diverse groups.
What is the key to happiness? As we all strive for professional and personal happiness – for ourselves and our teams – we turned to Dan Gilbert for insight. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of happiness. And you may find his data helpful in your own decision-making.
If you think you don’t have time to work out, imagine how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fits it in. Bryant Johnson, trainer to RBG and other justices, tells us how she does it and explains why physical wellness is integral to performance in other parts of your life. Bryant also shares a valuable idea about how to think about your personal impact. You don’t want to miss this one.
Professor Keitner has had a “varied and unconventional” career path, as she puts it. She’s been a litigator in private practice, a counselor to the Department of State, and today is an international law professor. Last summer, she was a visiting scholar with Orrick, working with our lawyers on novel questions at the intersection of cyber, privacy and international law. In this podcast, Professor Keitner shares advice on how to chart a rewarding career in the law.
As the leader of a team that has won 29 national championships, Coach Jack Clark knows what it takes to perform at your best. Coach Clark offers insights that translate well beyond athletics to help you tap into your strengths for a challenging exam, big interview or important client work.
You’re interviewing for the next important step in your career, and you’re wondering how much of yourself to bring to the table. One of the leading thinkers on diversity in the legal profession, Ritu gives her take on why authenticity is key, and how to become aware of our unconscious biases.
You’re a lawyer and you want to innovate. Where you do you start? Margaret shares a great primer on design thinking, and points to some resources if you’re interested in exploring more.
A Harvard JD, Jon practiced for a while and then chose a different path, becoming a meditation teacher for lawyers. Here is his perspective on how and why to incorporate a regular meditation practice into your day. Spoiler alert: He’ll guide you through a brief (and painless) meditation.