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The Axelrod Firm Engages Temple University Graduate Kaya Jones To Polish The Content of Sheryl Axelrod’s Upcoming Book!

The Axelrod Firm Engages Temple University Graduate Kaya Jones To Polish The Content of Sheryl Axelrod’s Upcoming Book!

Ms. Axelrod is completing a book in the equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion space.  As she searched for someone to polish its contents, she found the perfect person!

Kaya Jones graduated from the Klein College of Media and Communications with a double major in Political Science and Journalism.  She was a Dean’s List Scholar, on the National Society of Leadership and Success, an Asian & Pacific Islander Scholar, and served as Vice President of External Affairs of Temple University Student Government. 

Last summer, Kaya took a pre-law pipeline program at the University of Houston for students who are first generation, low income, and/or members of groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession. 

In addition to her distinguished academic achievements, Kaya has volunteered in the equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion space, including at:

  1. Angela Rye, Inc. and IMPACT Strategies where she served as a Policy Cohort Intern researching and writing briefs and memoranda on legislation and on hearings that impacted people of color and those with low incomes;
  2. The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership, where she served as a Diversity Peer facilitating conversations around social justice and inclusion at Temple University; and
  3. The Office of State Representative Joanna McClinton where she served as a Legislative Intern performing legislative research, providing constituent service support, coordinating press releases, and assisting with event planning.

Ms. Axelrod met Kaya when the two spoke to students in Girls, Inc. about leadership.  Girls, Inc. works in partnership with schools and at Girls, Inc. centers, inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold.  Ms. Axelrod was impressed by Kaya’s intelligence, excitement and advice about leadership, and organizational skills.  Kaya showed the girls her thick notebook in which she has her dreams written down and inspirational quotes to help her achieve them.

Kaya is working with The Axelrod Firm on the completion of the book, which is expected to come out in print and online by 2021.  We’ll keep you posted!


Sheryl was the Keynote Speaker on Part I of the Two-Part National Association of Women Lawyers GOOD Guys Program

The GOOD Guys program is designed to break the impasse in the advancement of women and all in historically underrepresented groups, by engaging men to join us in leveling the playing field.  During her keynote, Sheryl discussed, “The Profitability of Diver$ity: How leveling the Playing Field for Women and Historically Underrepresented Groups can Increa$e your Bottom Line.”

Feel free to share it with your friends and colleagues. In case you missed it, you can watch Part I of the GOOD Guys program that Sheryl keynoted on the profitability of diversity here.

Ms. Axelrod served on Part II of the program, the GOOD Guys’ Panel on May 6, 2020. Ms. Axelrod served on the panel with the following distinguished GOOD Guys:
1.  Gerard Gregoire, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Litigation Services West at Allstate;
2.  Marty Lorenzo, Vice President Legal Affairs & Assistant Corporate Secretary of Petco; and
3.  Phillip Rudolph, former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Jack in the Box Inc.

Teresa Beck, Co-Chair of California Litigation and Chair of Arizona Litigation of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, with whom Ms. Axelrod has served on numerous GOOD Guys programs, moderated.

You can watch Part II of the GOOD Guys program, the GOOD Guys panel on which Sheryl served, here. Let’s increase equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion, for the benefit of all our organizations!


A Child For All

Lisa is Chair of the Board of A Child for All –  Lisa and another Board member, Aissata Thaim, traveled to Annapolis for a fundraiser sponsored by the Annapolis Rotaract which is a Rotary Club service partner for young people ages 18-35.  (See photo).  During the event, Lisa and Aissata discussed the mission of A Child for All which is to provide Mali’s vulnerable children a safe and loving environment which fosters their health, learning, happiness and success.  The twelve children who have been with ACFA almost ten (10) years are thriving.  They are now sheltering in place, washing their hands, and even sewing facemasks!  Lisa is very excited that A Child for All is about to take in another seven (7) children, ages 3-5 years old, who are currently living on the streets.

The Axelrod Firm Responds to Help the Community

To all our clients, colleagues, and friends,

During this difficult time around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that you and your loved ones are staying well.  Our team is fortunately healthy and taking all necessary precautions including working remotely.  We have been seamlessly doing so, continuing to serve our clients’ needs, including helping to answer a myriad of COVID -19-related employment questions. Thank you for your continuing trust in us.

The Axelrod Firm has always been engaged in philanthropy, supporting the community. Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the pandemic and we are responding, increasing our support in 3 ways:

1. You may recall seeing images of Ms. Axelrod reading, with her daughter, Chloe, to the kindergarten scholars at the James G. Blaine School. Click here to read more information about that and to see the photos.  Ms. Axelrod reached out to their wonderful teacher, Maureen Brower (pictured), and sent the students of each parent who provided their address (virtually every child), the materials she thought would most benefit them educationally at this time. She recommended kindergarten workbooks and coloring books and asked their parents whether they would give us their home addresses so we could send them to them. Our amazing Office Manager, Kelly Walker, ordered the scholars of those who agreed the fabulous coloring books and crayons you see. Maureen surprised us by asking the scholars’ parents whether they would take photos we could share, thanking us (see her below email to us), and those who did are in the below *gorgeous* thank you card. Thank you, Kelly and Maureen!

2. We started a series on LinkedIn dedicated to leadership in the pandemic.  Ms. Axelrod’s posts include specific advice provided by doctors on how to stay safe beyond social distancing, hand washing, and wearing a mask in public, like what to do if someone in your home falls ill with the disease, how to handle the mail, and how to handle groceries.  Her posts also urge organizations to move equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion to the forefront, explain why they should do so, discuss the economic benefits doing so, and cover how companies, and each of you, can become diversity champions.  Posts like them have resulted in her having over 2,400 LinkedIn followers (in addition to her contacts).  Join her followers and stay informed.

3.  Firm Partner Lisa Savitt informed us about the Kinsa QuickCare Smart Thermometer.  The Firm then preordered them for all our employees so we will be able to not only check our temperatures, but contribute to the information Kinsa aggregates to keep medical professionals and all of us up to date on temperature levels across the country, a key indicator (when measured against past year’s data) on the spread of the virus.


Axelrod Firm Partner Lisa Savitt Contacted by Bloomberg Law for Opinion About Pending Supreme Court Case

Axelrod Firm Partner Lisa Savitt Contacted by Bloomberg Law for Opinion About Pending Supreme Court Case

When a court may exert personal jurisdiction over a company has been the source of much interest in the last few years. While the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions on general jurisdiction have answered most of the questions about when there is general jurisdiction, the waters are still very muddy on when a court may exert specific jurisdiction over a company. Two cases involving Ford Motor Company could be determinative and garnered much interest when writs of certiorari were filed by Ford with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lisa Savitt has written and presented extensively on the issue of personal jurisdiction. She was contacted by Bloomberg Law and gave an interview about the pending Ford cases and what they could mean if the Supreme Court accepted certiorari to hear the cases. The interview was included in a January 9, 2020 article (Read the Full Article). Certiorari was accepted in both Ford cases but oral argument which had been scheduled for April 27 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus.

Click here to read the full June Newsletter.

DirectWomen International Boards Committee Webinar

As co-chair of the International Boards Committee of DirectWomen, a nonprofit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards, Lisa helped to organize a webinar exploring the role of search firms in international board placements.  The distinguished panel of search firm leaders provided insight into key differences between international and U.S. board recruitment, current trends in the international board space, and the involvement of recruiters in international board searches.

The Axelrod Firm at the NAMWOLF Annual Meeting and at the NAMWOLF Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference

At The NAMWOLF Annual Meeting

At the NAMWOLF Annual Meeting in September, The Axelrod Firm collected 68 signed book plates, to be inserted into coloring books we purchased to send to Colores United in Deming, New Mexico for #immigrants separated from family members at the border.

We asked the attorneys who visited our booth to write a short note with their first names and the cities where they’re from so the children who received the books would see that lawyers around the country care for them!

It’s part of our “Somos Todos Familia” (We are all family) campaign.


Lisa Savitt spoke on a panel at the NAMWOLF Annual Meeting in September entitled,  “Silicon Beach Jeopardy: 6 Essential Areas to Consider When Managing Venture Capital or M&A Transactions in Technology and Other Industries.” Lisa discussed key items to incorporate into a contract such as an indemnification provision. She also discussed other contractual clauses necessary to include in deal documents to protect companies in case a deal goes wrong. Lisa is Co-Chair of the NAMWOLF International Law Practice Area Committee.

Lisa Savitt was a panelist at the NAMWOLF Annual Meeting in September entitled “Silicon Beach Jeopardy: 6 Essential Areas to Consider When Managing Venture Capital or M&A Transactions in Technology and Other Industries”. Lisa discussed key items to incorporate into a contract such as an indemnification provision. She also discusses other contractual clauses necessary to include in deal documents to protect companies in case a deal goes wrong.

ABA Section of International Law Oxford Forum

Lisa was a panelist at a Leadership in Law and Practice Conference hosted jointly by the ABA Section of International Law and the Law Society of England and Wales last summer. The Conference was held at Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford, England.

Lisa’s panel “It’s INCLUSION DUMMY!” focused on the difference between diversity and inclusion. Other speakers included former Presidents of the ABA Hilarie Bass, Steven Zack and William Hubbard, the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and dignitaries from the U.K.

The ABA Section of International Law Leadership Retreat was held in Sonoma, California.  Lisa provided some historical perspective to the attendees as a former Chair of the Section.