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Visibility for Women of Color: A Crucial First Step Toward Equality and Inclusion (2022)

Visibility for Women of Color: A Crucial First Step Toward Equality and Inclusion (2022)

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Originally presented on December 8, 2022

Watch this replay from the 2022 Women in Law Symposium as these leading women discuss the barriers women face not just in the courtroom, but in the legal profession. Moderator Lori Waldon, Torri Jacobus, Honorable Linda Vanzi, and Professor Carol Suzuki will discuss the expectations that are set by peers and colleagues as well as clients, and how discrimination, implicit bias and microaggressions impact how women in the legal profession conduct their work.

Torri Jacobus, is the Managing Assistant City Attorney for the City of Albuquerque’s newly established Office of Civil Rights. She is developing the City’s initiatives related to documenting and addressing reported civil rights violations. Additionally, she provides legal guidance to the City of Albuquerque in an effort to develop, promote, and implement policies that reflect the City’s commitment to equity and inclusion. Before joining the City of Albuquerque, Torri served as the Director of the Center for Self Help and Dispute Resolution for the Second Judicial District Court where she further developed and managed the settlement facilitation program, arbitration program, and services to self-represented litigants.
She received a BS Degree in psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, a MA degree in psychology from the University of Tulsa, and her JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Honorable Linda Vanzi, retired from the New Mexico Judiciary in 2020 after serving for 12 years as a judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, including two years as chief judge, following four years of service as a trial judge at the Second Judicial District Court, Civil Division. Bored by retirement, she joined the Rodey Law Firm where she practices in both the Complex and Commercial Litigation Group, as well as, the Labor and Employment Group. She has a special interest in civil rights litigation and appellate work. Judge Vanzi also acts as a mediator and arbitrator on a regular basis, and continues to teach substantive classes at the UNM School of law. She is no longer bored.

Professor Carol Suzuki, Carol Suzuki serves as the Keleher & McLeod Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She teaches Torts and is a co-author of TORT LAW AND PRACTICE, the case book used in all first-year Torts sections. She also serves as Faculty Advisor for the NEW MEXICO LAW REVIEW and is a supervising attorney in the Community Lawyering Clinic. Professor Suzuki earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School

Lori Waldon is the President and General Manager of KOAT TV, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico owned by Hearst Television. In her role as President and General Manager Lori oversees an award-winning station with a strong reputation for journalism excellence and outstanding community service.