Minority Trial Lawyer

About the Committee


The Minority Trial Lawyer Committee serves as a resource for litigation and business development strategies as well as a career network for minority litigators, in-house counsel and law students. The Committee fosters professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy and community involvement while also facilitating discussions about diversity and the law.

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Message from the Chairs

Dear Members:

Call for Content for Summer Newsletter

Appellate Advocacy
Know anyone who is a trial lawyer? Someone who is on Moot Court or Trial Team in Law School? We are seeking Articles, Practice Points, and Sound Advice pieces for the upcoming newsletter and website. The suggested theme for the newsletter is Appellate Advocacy, though Article submissions on a wide range of topics are always welcome. We encourage seasoned trial attorneys, new litigators, and law students to contribute. 

The deadline for Articles (750–2,500 words) and Practice Points (200–700 words) is July 31, 2019. Please send any inquiries and submissions for Articles and Sound Advice to Sandy Huynh and Practice Points to Leonard Wills.

ABA Annual Meeting August 8-9, 2019 in San Francisco!

Minority Trial Lawyer Encourages you to attend the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis Union Square. Hear from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra at the special keynote speech at the Annual Membership & Passing of the Gavel Luncheon on Friday, followed by the Leadership Kickoff for the 2019–2020 bar year.

Brochure can be viewed here.
Please register here

Call for SubCommittee Members!

We are looking for practice points and articles editors to join the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact any one of the cochairs— Janice Arellano, Alex Chan, or Alexander Wharton—by July 25, 2019.

Janice V. Arellano
Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
Bridgewater, NJ

Alex Chan
DataNovo, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

Alexander Wharton
The Wharton Law Firm
Memphis, TN



There are plenty of opportunities to participate—including current openings for chair positions—and we encourage you to contribute your input, energy, and commitment to a subcommittee(s). The committee chairs find work with the committee to be professionally and personally rewarding, providing opportunities to network with, and learn from, minority attorneys across the nation, and we believe you will, too.

Active Subcommittees

  1. Business Development
  2. Membership
  3. Newsletter
  4. Pipeline
  5. Programming
  6. Website

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

» ABA Online Directory

Committee Leadership


Janice V. Arellano
Norris, McLaughlin P.A.
Bridgewater, NJ


Alex Chan
DataNovo, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

Alexander Wharton
The Wharton Law Firm
Memphis, TN

Articles Editors

Sandy Huynh
Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons L.L.P.
Houston, TX


Malik Picket
Wade Clark Mulcahy
Philadelphia, PN

Practice Points Editors

Faith Deredge
Officite of Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.
Philadelphia, PA


Leonard Wills
Presidential Management Fellow

Ankura Partner

Toshi Dezaki