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Rither Alabre Named 2020 Fellow and Munira Jesani and Huaou Yan Named 2020 Pathfinders to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm has nominated and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”) has selected Partner Rither Alabre to join the 2020 LCLD Fellows Program, and Associates Munira Jesani and Huaou Yan to join the 2020 LCLD Pathfinder Program. The hallmark programs are dedicated to producing a generation of attorneys with strong leadership and relationship skills who are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within their individual institutions and the profession at large.

The LCLD Fellows Program was created to identify high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds and setting them on the path to leadership at their organizations. During their fellowship, each honoree embarks on a learning program that includes conferences, training in the fine points of legal practice, peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership.

The LCLD Pathfinder Program was designed to provide diverse, early career attorneys with practical tools for developing and leveraging professional networks through relationship building skills, foundational leadership skills, and an understanding of career development strategies applicable to both in-house and law firm practice. For more information on these programs, please visit

“We are proud to have Rither, Munira, and Huaou represent Blank Rome in these programs because of their commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives within our Firm and the legal industry at large,” said Sophia Lee, Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Blank Rome. “As a longstanding LCLD member organization, Blank Rome is more dedicated than ever to our Firm’s unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we will continue to partner with LCLD in its critical mission of helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership.”

Rither Alabre is based in the Firm’s New York office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of white collar defense and investigations and complex commercial and corporate litigation, handling high-profile cases throughout the country. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Rither served as a law clerk to federal Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division). Rither also served as a prosecutor in New York City for eight years. He is an active member of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York, the New York State Bar Association, and the Guild of Catholic Lawyers.

Munira Jesani is based in the Firm’s Houston office. She concentrates her practice on patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, as well as intellectual property licensing and trademark prosecution. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Munira served as a public interest fellow at the Tahirih Justice Center and a judicial intern to the Honorable Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association.

Huaou Yan is based in the Firm’s Philadelphia office. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar defense and investigations. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Huaou served as a law clerk for the Honorable James Knoll Gardner of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Temple American Inn of Court.

For a full list of Blank Rome’s LCLD Fellows and Pathfinders, please visit our BR United page.