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of feeling like we’re fighting for a few positions at
Marshall, who is the carer for a child with
disabilities, believes IP suffers from many of the
same prejudices found in any other business areas.
“The more people there are who understand the
challenges these communities face, the more respectful
the workplace becomes,” she says.
What makes a good ally?
At A&O, allies are encouraged to be useful in four
carefully defined ways. The first is to “be aware”, which
means “educating yourself about the issues that are
involved with that particular strand of diversity”,
Stone himself has a reverse mentor—a trainee at the
firm who identifies as BAME (black, Asian or minority
Rachael Rodman, partner at Ulmer & Berne in Ohio,
is a self-confessed “passionate member of D&I groups”
inside her firm and outside in the legal community.
Prominent is her activity in the Intellectual
Property Owners Association (IPO), where she is
vice-chair of the group’s women in IP law committee.
“Only through allies can you really advance the
causes of increasing the representation of women and
minorities,” Rodman says. She’s driven partly by her
own experience as a young litigation attorney.
“I looked around and I didn’t see a lot of examples
of where I wanted to be. I didn’t know any women in
their 40s, doing big litigation, who had families and
“Now I’m in my 40s, I think it’s very important
to provide a path for younger women and minority
attorneys so that they’re not in the same position