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Diversity, For People of Color Inc, Munger Tolles & Olson, Ronald Olson

ALM: Munger Tolles & Olson’s New Partners Class Is 75 Percent Women of Color (TLR Note: of the four, one with the least amount of color is Katherine Ku; have you no shame, Ron Olson, labeling Misty Sanford as Mexican?; FPOC suspect! ; sordid business)

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP has selected Daniel B. Levin, Miriam Kim, Misty M. Sanford and Katherine H. Ku to join its partnership, effective January 1, 2013.

“We are proud to welcome these esteemed colleagues to our partnership. We believe their great legal talent and diversity will strengthen our law firm and serve our clients and the community well into the future.” Munger Tolles Managing Partner Sandra A. Seville-Jones said. Source:



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. (emphasis added)

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. Source:…


Misty M. Sanford is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Sanford practices real estate and land use law and represents institutional investors, developers, multi-national corporations, nonprofits, public entities and individual entrepreneurs in various transactions.

Misty M. Sanford

Community Service

Ms. Sanford is a founder and treasurer of For People of Color, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students of color to attend law school and become attorneys. She is a founder and vice chair of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that converts blighted parcels of land into neighborhood parks, gardens and community centers. Ms. Sanford serves on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association and served as president of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission for three years. 

In addition, Ms. Sanford co-chairs the Munger Tolles Law Fellows Program, which offers full-time positions at the firm’s Los Angeles office to students of diverse backgrounds who have recently graduated from college and plan to attend law school.


Ms. Sanford graduated from UCLA School of Law, where she completed the program in public interest law and policy, was chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation and a Hagman Land Use and Planning Scholar. Source:

Furthermore, Misty is an accomplished athlete and former artistic roller skating national and world champion. Source:


Katherine Ku, please see @:


Necessary to end the “sordid business [of] divvying us up by race”  — as Chief Justice John Roberts said in a prior Texas case, please see @:





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Leslie Brodie is a reporter, writer, blogger, activist, and a religious leader in the community.


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