I've given you so much downer news during the year (click here, here and here if you want to get depressed) that you're probably still in a funk. That's certainly no way to go into the holiday season, so let me make amends and give you some happier news items:
Munger Tolles & Olson sets a diversity record. The Los Angeles-based powerhouse firm just elected Misty Sanford, Miriam Kim, Katherine Ku, and Daniel Levin (pictured above, left to right) to its partnership, effective January 1, 2013. According to the firm, Kim and Ku are Asian American, and Sanford is Mexican American. What's more, all three women each have two sons; their elevation also set a new record for the firm in both the number and percentage of people of color promoted in a single year.
The firm didn't say so, but we assume that Levin is the sole white guy in the group. But hey, we're cool with that.
Cadwalader partner could be first Asian American judge of New York's highest court. Kathy Hirata Chin, a litigation partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has been nominated as one of seven candidates for judge of the New York Court of Appeals.
According to The Asian American Bar Association of New York, Asian Americans are "significantly underrepresented in the New York judiciary, where there are only currently 22 Asian Pacific American judges out of approximately 1,300 judges in New York State. If selected by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to fill the upcoming vacancy, Kathy Chin would be the first-ever Asian American judge on the New York Court of Appeals."
And in case you didn't know, Chin is married to Denny Chin, a judge on the Second Circuit, who was the first Asian American appointed as a U.S. district judge outside of the Ninth Circuit. Together, they would make a judical power couple.
Thank God, lawyers aren't trendy. Apple products are so popular that parents are naming their babies after them, reports CNET:
It seems that the name Apple has become 15 percent more popular as a baby name since the previous year. But this, at least, we can put down to the prescience of Gwyneth Paltrow, whose little child of one sex or other bears that name.
Not far behind, "12 percent more boys were named Mac," reports CNET. "It will surely stun you into an enhanced relationship with your iPhone 4S or 5 to also learn that 5 percent more girls were named Siri this year than last."
I might be giving lawyers too much credit, but I can't imagine they would risk such trendiness. Personally, I've always had a fondness for the names of old Wall Street firms. I think it's much more dignified to chase after Cravath, Simpson, or Cleary on the playground than Apple or Mac, don't you agree?