The Inside Scoop for Law Students & New Lawyers

We are excited to share our diversity and inclusion podcast series. The series features a group of talented Stinson attorneys discussing topics like how the firm recruits associates, why communication and networking skills are so important for job seekers and the importance of diversity at Stinson and across the legal industry.

The host and creator of the 5-part podcast series is Stinson's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Ann Jenrette-Thomas.

Episode 1

The Inside Scoop on Big Law Recruiting

In the first episode partners Brittany Barrientos and Amy Conway discuss what law firms are looking for in new associates and provide practical, insider advice on what it takes to be a stellar candidate in BigLaw. Listen to the Part 1 and Part 2 of Episode 1.

Episode 2

The Inside Scoop on Winning People Over: Communication & EQ

In episode two partners Sharon Ng and attorney Drew Glasnovich discuss how to be an effective communicator. Sharon and Drew share some good communication habits that everyone can develop and explore how emotional intelligence plays an important role in effective communication. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Episode 2.

Episode 3

The Inside Scoop on Networking

Traci Bransford and Johnny Wang discuss how to go beyond chit chat at a networking event to cultivate meaningful relationships. They talk about the importance of a strong network and share tips on how to create a successful brand. Listen to the Part 1 and Part 2 of Episode 3.

Episode 4

The Inside Scoop on Soft Skills

In episode four, partners Sara Welch and David Axtell discuss the soft skills that are critical to succeeding as an associate. Based on their experience Sara and David agree that new attorneys can stand out by consistently meeting deadlines and being responsive, resilient and solution-oriented on every new project. Listen to the Part 1 and Part 2 of Episode 4.

Episode 5

The Inside Scoop on Diversity

In the episode five, partners Pat Konopka and Shane Swanson discuss why diversity and inclusion is important for the future health of the legal profession. They also share their tips to help job seekers determine if a firm is truly committed to diversity and inclusion. Pat and Shane co-chair the firm's diversity committee. Listen to the Part 1 and Part 2 of Episode 5.


Ann guides the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives and institutes best practices and training for attorneys and staff. Ann works with firm leadership, the board of directors and the diversity committee to grow a culture that values all backgrounds and perspectives and to incorporate successful diversity strategies in the firm's strategic planning. 

Jump to Page

We use cookies on our website to improve functionality and performance, analyze website traffic and enable social media features. For more information, please see our Cookie Policy.