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.

Join this Committee

Message from the Chairs

Dear Members:

The Minority Trial Lawyer Committee cochairs encourage you to attend the following Summer events and meetings:

2019 Appellate Practice Regional CLE Program at Greenberg Traurig, LLP
— (May 16, 2019)

How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer: Arguing Motions and Appeals Persuasively
— Webinar
(July 18, 2019)

How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer: Negotiating and Mediating Ethically
— Webinar (August 20, 2019)

We also encourage our members to consider applying for the Inns of Court Advocacy Program at Keble College, Oxford, known as one of the most demanding and intensive advocacy courses in the UK. The deadline to apply is July 5, 2019.

Call for Content for Summer Newsletter

Appellate Advocacy
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 16, 2019. Please send any inquiries and submissions for Articles and Sound Advice to Sandy Huynh and Minyao Wang and Practice Points to Leonard Wills  or Faith Deredge.

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:

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Committee Leadership


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


Alex Chan
Tensegrity Law Group, LLP
Redwood Shores, CA

Alexander Wharton
The Wharton Law Firm
Memphis, TN

Articles Editors

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


Minyao Wang
Robins Kaplan LLP
New York, NY

Practice Points Editors

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


Leonard Wills
Presidential Management Fellow

Ankura Partner

Toshi Dezaki