Next Gen Leadership: Advancing Lawyers of Color (NGL: ALC) Advisory Board

Topics: Diversity, Leadership, Thomson Reuters

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The Next Gen Leadership: Advancing Lawyers of Color is excited to announce its members of the Advisory Board. The board of advisors, which is diverse by generation and communities of color, in terms of employment in different segments of the industry and in geographic region across the US, will shape the future direction of the digital content and serve as a focal point to determine how the initiative can greater influence the advancement of diverse attorneys of color.

These are the members of  NGL: ALC Advisory Board:

Traci Bransford

Traci Bransford, Partner at Stinson Leonard Street, is currently an entertainment and sports attorney, but her career path has taken her across the US more than once and shifted her areas of practice from litigator to transactional attorney.

Indeed, she graduated from law school at NYU, worked in Los Angeles as a litigator during the times of the OJ Simpson case and the death of Tupac Shakur, doing work on police misconduct, criminal defense and family law cases. While working in California, she pivoted to entertainment and sports law; and now, she centers her practice in this area while based out of Minneapolis.

Bransford has been at Stinson for five years and was the first African-American female partner based in the Minneapolis office.

Read more about How Traci Bransford Tries to Create a Radically Welcoming Environment for Attorneys of Color

Fatima Garcia


Fatima Garcia is an International Tax Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) who started her legal career in Fall 2017. To get to where she is today, however, she had to dig deep to overcome several challenges from almost being dismissed from college twice because of a lack of financial aid to dealing with a cancer scare in her final year of law school.

Read more about How Perseverance Was Critical to Fatima Garcia’s Success.

Athena Fan


Athena Fan is a female tech founder, building a consumer-facing legal tech company, Bite Size Legal. She is a J.D. alumna of the American University Washington College of Law with a focus on intellectual property and trade law.

Prior to law school, she worked at an internet back-bone company in Silicon Valley, and was assistant manager of a company that helped businesses authenticate documents according to the Hague Convention on Private International Law.

Read more about How Athena Fan’s Unique Voice Took Her from Public Interest Advocate to Legal Start-Up Founder

Amy Hanna Keeney

Amy Hanna Keeney is Special Counsel at Adams and Reese, in Atlanta, as well as a litigator and a regulatory counselor. Her practice in the Financial Services and Data Privacy sectors. As a woman from a Middle Eastern background, Amy had difficulty early in her career finding her place and is excited to influence the direction of the Advisory Board as a platform to share what she has learned as well as learn from other diverse attorneys across the industry.

Read more about Amy Hanna Keeney’s View on Why Advancement of Minority Attorneys Remains a Critical Issue

Chris Sukhaphadhana

As a lawyer from a Thai background, Chris Sukhaphadhana — most recently Senior Counsel of Patents, at Mattel, based in Los Angeles — hopes to leverage is Advisory Board membership to expand engagement with Thai students who may be considering a career in the law, and more broadly, grow opportunities for Asian-Pacific Americans to advance to the senior-most ranks of the legal industry.

Chris is “an accidental lawyer” in his words. After earning his undergraduate degree in engineering, he was exposed to patent law. After he graduated, he took a position at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the possibility of a legal career started to open up as a viable path.

Read more about how Chris Sukhaphadhana Wants to Expand Thai Voices Within the Legal Profession