Marty Fay Africa — Co-Founder & Managing Director of San Francisco-based legal recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa — have been publicly asked by TLR to opine on the peculiar pattern of hiring and promotion proclivities at San Francisco-based Kerr & Wagstaffe headed by UC Hastings law professor James M. Wagstaffe.
Ms. Martha Fay Africa (AKA Marty Africa) is the managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa . Formerly Director of Law Placement at the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a founder of ABA Women Rainmakers, she is Co-Chair of the ABA LPM Section’s Management Core Group Standing Committee on Diversity. According to schizophrenia specialist — Berkeley-based psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Africa — former patient James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster and Ms.Africa were having an illicit love affair. Recently Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac was nominated by Ms. Africa as Rainmaker of the Year. Incidentally, both Brosnahan and Mac Cormac are under scrutiny in connection with non-profit entity CaliforniaALL for the alleged suspicious activities of laundering money to State Bar of California Executive-Director Joe Dunn of Voice of OC via the California Bar Foundation — Please see HERE and HERE for additional information. (image: courtesy of Major, Lindsey & Africa)
As was previously reported on The Leslie Brodie Report — which also exposed the hiring proclivities of Kerr & Wagstaffe — a proclivity which appeared to favor young white females as associates and males as partners, to date, none of the young women who were hired as associates ever made it to the level of a partner at the firm. This, despite having stellar resumes. Notable examples include:
Ms. Holly Hogan, prior to obtaining a J.D. from the Harvard School of Law, graduated magna cum laude from USF. Holly never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe despite her exceptional qualifications. She is currently an associate with the firm of K & L Gates (Photo: Courtesy Kerr & Wagstaffe)
Ms. Tricia Weaver, graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna, she attended Georgetown University Law Center where she graduated cum laude. Tricia never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe and is no longer with the firm. (Photo: Courtesy of SuperLawyers)
Ms. Connie Merriett, earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where Wagstaffe is employed as an adjunct-professor. Connie never made partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, and is currently employed elsewhere (Photo: Courtesy)
Ms. Elizabeth Arnold, was employed by Kerr & Kaus. However, Ms. Arnold did not remain when the firm metamorphosed itself to Kerr & Wagstaffe. She has a BA from Smith College (1965), a Master of Arts from Middlebury College (1966) and a law degree from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law (1975). Elizabeth never made it to Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo Credit: linked from Kelley & Farren)
Ms. Dawn Marie Melton, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. (Photo credit: linked form K & W)
Ms. Maria Radwick, currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)
Ms. Kelly Corcoran,currently an associate with Kerr & Wagstaffe. Obtained her legal education at Hastings College of the Law. (photo: linked from K & W)
UC Hastings law professor James Wagstaffe’s penchant manifested itself again recently by the hiring of a UC Hastings graduate Cheryl Mackey, seen below:
The Leslie Brodie Report also pointed to the fact that Kerr & Wagstaffe treat male associates differentially. Associate Michael von Loewenfeldt, for example, was made partner after only two(2) years. Other male associates who made it to partnership in the firm include Messrs.Sawyer, Ng, and Labar. When we published our first story concerning Kerr & Wagstaffe, the firm racial and gender make-up was as follows:
*Out of 10 lawyers, all but one is White.
*Out of 7 Partners, all but one are Males. (This was changed around 2010, where a female, non-equity, partner was hired. Prior to that, for most of 2009, all the partners were men, and all the associates were females)
*All the associates are females. There are no male associates.
*All the females’ associates are white (Ms. Melton, Ms. Radwick, and Ms. Corcoran)
*All the female associates are young.
* Two out of the three associates are from Hastings College of the Law, where Wagstaffe teaches. Their resume is not as impressive as that of Mr. Ng.
TLR is closely monitoring the situation and will keep readers apprised of the opinion, if any, of Marty Fay Africa — Co-Founder & Managing Director of San Francisco-based legal recruting firm Major Lindsey & Africa.