DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE


For the benefit of the APA and legal community, APABA Silicon Valley's Diversity & Inclusion Committee drives D&I projects within the bar, in concert with NAPABA and its regional affiliates, and in partnership with law firms, companies, government and public interest organizations, and local law schools.  Additionally, the D&I Committee spearheads APABA Silicon Valley's annual law firm and corporation diversity awards, which recognize organizations for their outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and greater legal community.


Co-Chairs

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Deanna Kwong | deanna.l.kwong@hpe.com

Deanna Kwong is IP Litigation Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE). Prior to joining HPE, Deanna was a patent litigator for over a decade at Covington & Burling LLP.  In her spare time, Deanna enjoys serving on the Board of Directors for Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, exploring farmers’ markets, and training for marathons.   

 

Nathalie Le Ngoc | nalengoc@yahoo.com

Nathalie Le Ngoc is Assistant General Counsel, Employment & Ethics at Salesforce.org. Prior to that, Nathalie lead the employment law function at Varian Medical Systems, Inc. as its first in-house employment attorney. She began her practice at Littler Mendelson, P.C., where she advised companies on a broad spectrum of labor and employment issues and represented clients through all phases of litigation. Nathalie received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. from University of California, San Diego.

 

Jennifer Murakami | jhmurakami@gmail.com

Jennifer Murakami is an employment and litigation associate at Hopkins & Carley, and a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion committee.  Jennifer received the 2015 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Pro Bono Award as a member of the legal team that prevailed in the first trial ever to challenge the constitutionality of the U.S. government’s terrorist watchlist system. Jennifer received her JD from UC Berkeley, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Asian American Law Journal, and her bachelor’s degree from UCLA.  Jennifer is an APABA Silicon Valley Board Member and co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion committee.

 
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Leslie Yuan | lyuan@vmware.com

Leslie Yuan is Director and Assistant General Counsel at VMware. She heads the employment legal group for the Americas, where she manages all matters related to employment issues, including litigation, compliance, M&A integration and counseling. Prior to VMware, Leslie was at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and at Littler Mendelson. She has spoken on numerous panels related to employment, diversity and gender issues, and has received awards for her pro bono efforts. Leslie received her law degree from UCLA and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.