[email protected] Speak on Leadership

"Leadership is not about what you do, but who you are," said Anne Shen Smith, former CEO of The Southern California Gas Company and Board Member of PG&E. At Lim Ruger's [email protected] program in June, leaders of industry and academia Cyndie Chang, Managing Partner at Duane Morris, Jennifer Lum, Deputy General Counsel for Caltech and Ms. Shen Smith shared their perspectives on the "woman factor" in leading organizations. Great leaders earn the trust and respect of others, and inspire others through authenticity, say the speakers. When asked what traits and styles of leadership women most often display, they unanimously agreed it was authenticity, consensus-building, and an interest in people that set women apart. Ms. Lum remarked that core competencies and confidence rather than gender are critical. "Own your power" and be self aware, proclaimed Ms. Chang when asked about what advice she would give others. Big personalities, ego and autocratic styles are not as effective in today’s work environment. Women possess the kind of traits that are most effective with today's workplace generation--"so now is a great time for women" to shine, said Ms. Shen Smith. These women said the greatest impact they have on their organizations comes from their collaborative management style, the willingness to listen, being a catalyst for change, and finding ways to have fun and be happy at work. [email protected] is a Lim Ruger program series dedicated to promoting gender diversity and equality. The next program is August 20th entitled “Gender Stereotypes at the Bargaining Table.”WATT 120150625-IMG_688920150625-IMG_693320150625-IMG_694620150625-IMG_6965

[email protected] Panel Series On Women Lawyers’ Litigation and Trial Strategies

Lim Ruger’s second annual [email protected] panel series commenced on May 6, 2015 to a full house, with over 65 guests attending. A distinguished panel of three experienced judges spoke candidly about gender differences they personally observed during court appearances and at trial. Although perceptions varied, a common theme among the panel’s observations from the bench is that women are often less assertive than men in the courtroom. The judges also shared invaluable insights on how women lawyers can become more effective advocates in the courtroom and at trial. Unanimously, the judges agreed that women lawyers who work hard and are prepared for courtroom appearances should display commensurate confidence and assertiveness when they appear to advocate for their clients.IMG_2429IMG_2432IMG_2439IMG_2436IMG_2446

Congratulations to Lim Ruger Scholar

Congratulations to Dat Tommy Phan (UCLA School of Law), who was awarded the Lim Ruger Foundation scholarship at the annual Korean American Bar Association’s Governors Installation & Awards Dinner on May 21, 2015. Mr. Phan is currently the Discourse Editor for the UCLA Law Review and Chief Articles Editor for the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal. He regularly volunteers with Bet Tzedek’s workers’ rights clinic and previously served as the Co-Chair for the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association. He believes this scholarship will help further his career goal of becoming a public interest attorney. This summer, Mr. Phan plans to work at a labor law firm doing workers’ rights, class action and representation of public/private labor unions.

Lim Ruger & Kim Attorneys Conduct Pro Bono Employment Law Training for Community Non-Profits

On May 13, 2015, Lim Ruger attorneys Phillip Cha and Norma Nava partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles to host a pro bono workshop entitled “Employment Law Basics for Community Non Profit Organizations.”  The workshop focused on several employment topics including discrimination and sexual harassment, wage and hour issues, and leaves of absence.  Representatives from approximately 10 community non-profit organizations attended the workshop.  Phillip K. Cha is Senior Counsel at Lim Ruger, where he specializes in representing management in labor and employment matters.  Norma Nava is an associate at Lim Ruger, specializing in complex commercial litigation.Phil1 (00991145)Nava 1 (00991207)
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