MoForever Alumni News Fall 2021

MoForever Fall 2021 | 2 I’m inspired by the accomplishments of our MoFo community over the last several months. While navigating the ongoing pandemic, our extended MoFo community has come together to reinforce the values that are central to the Firm, including our commitment to diversity and inclusion, pro bono service, charitable giving, and delivering exceptional client service. I am very proud to report that MoFo was ranked first among firms with “601+ lawyers” in Law360’s annual 2021 Diversity Snapshot. The Firm was also recognized for having the highest percentage of minority equity partners, underscoring the continued emphasis that the Firm places on diversity and inclusion and racial justice in the legal field. Additionally, I am honored to report that MoFo was selected once again as a Top 10 firm in The American Lawyer’s annual A-List rankings. The annual list recognizes the 20 most wellrounded firms in the Am Law 200. It is widely considered the most important ranking in the industry. Focusing on more than just firms’ financial performance, the A-List evaluates firms based on a number of values that are core values here at MoFo – diversity and inclusion, pro bono, and retention and development of associates. In this edition of MoForever, we highlight two exceptional MoFo alumnae who are using their leadership roles to make a difference in the legal profession and their local communities. First, you will read about Sai Jahann. She is currently General Counsel for TripActions, where she manages the company’s global legal needs, leads the in-house team, and directs outside counsel. Sai credits her time at MoFo, including the impactful pro bono work she undertook while at the firm and the great mentorship she received, for shaping the business leader she is today. Thank you, Sai, for your contributions. You will also read about the professional journey of Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Dena Coggins, who credits a jury service during her freshman year in college as having started the road toward her future career on the bench. That chance encounter plus the exceptional mentorship she received during her five years at MoFo, have made a profound impact on her career path and inspired her to be the judge who she is today. Thank you, Judge Coggins, for your contributions. Additionally, I am proud to report that in 2020, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation made $3.2 million in charitable contributions. The Foundation’s giving included special matching opportunities to inspire firmwide support of charities working to advance equity and racial justice, protect voting rights and free and fair elections, and respond to the widespread health, education, and economic effects of the pandemic, particularly as it impacted low-income communities and communities of color. The Foundation also supported efforts to diversify the legal profession through scholarships and collegebound programs, and to create the next generation of public interest lawyers through equal justice fellowships, among other special programs and grants. Reinforcing our commitment to delivering exceptional client service, since the start of the year, MoFo welcomed 17 new standout lateral partners to the Firm across the Firm’s global offices and practices. Read more about them and their practices in this issue. I hope you enjoy reading this edition of MoForever and you are as inspired by our Alumna and Pro Bono spotlights as I am. The significant milestones that our extended MoFo and alumni community have achieved over the last several months is both uplifting and a testament to the great work and dedication of our people. Thank you for your time and for making our MoFo alumni network a wonderful destination for staying connected. I look forward to staying in touch and am excited for what is to come. Larren M. Nashelsky CHAIRMAN'S LETTER WELCOME TO THE 2021 FALL ISSUE OF MOFOREVER.