Trailblazing Latina Alumnae of MoFo

In honor of Latino/a Heritage Month, MoFo’s Organizing Committee and the San Francisco Latino/a Lawyers Affinity Group co-hosted a panel discussion in our San Francisco office. The discussion, “Trailblazing Latina Alumnae of MoFo,” featured four accomplished Latina MoFo alumnae.

Panelists included, among others:

  • Sonia Gonzales, executive director of the California Bar Foundation
  • Felicia Medina, founding partner of Medina Orthwein LLP
  • Angela Padilla, associate general counsel at Uber Technologies

San Francisco associate and chair of the San Francisco Latino/a Lawyers Affinity Group Luis Gabriel Hoyos provided brief introductions of our panelists, and moderated the discussion.

The discussion opened with our panelists sharing their memories of MoFo. “I owe my career to the foundation I built at MoFo,” says Angela Padilla. “Now that I work in-house, I use the lessons I learned at MoFo every day. MoFo taught me how to provide excellent client service, be supportive of my peers, and to care about diversity in the law.”

The panelists also discussed how their sense of identity shaped their professional lives and career paths.

“I constantly ask myself how I can push the law,” says Felicia Medina. “How can we make sure the law catches up with the realities of this world?”

The women panelists also discussed the importance of mentors and role models, and credited their support systems for the guidance they received throughout their careers.

“Build your kitchen cabinet; the people who will mentor and sponsor you,” advised Sonia Gonzales. “It is never too early to do that.”

Food for the event was provided by La Cocina, a San Francisco-based organization that provides affordable commercial kitchen spaces to low income food entrepreneurs, particularly women from communities of color and immigrant communities.

Felicia Medina, founding partner of Medina Orthwein LLP; Sonia Gonzales, executive director of the California Bar Foundation; and Angela Padilla, associate general counsel at Uber Technologies

Dorothy Fernandez, San Francisco pro bono counsel; Luis Gabriel Hoyos, San Francisco associate; Sonia Gonzales, executive director of the California Bar Foundation; Felicia Medina, founding partner of Medina Orthwein LLP; Angela Padilla, associate general counsel at Uber Technologies; Carina Morales, San Francisco senior filing specialist; and Barret Martinez, San Francisco secretarial support manager