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Zakiyyah T. Salim

Zakiyyah T. Salim, although an associate only six years out of law school, is already a role model in her own right. Motivated by her own path to becoming an attorney to create opportunities for disadvantaged young people to have successful lives and careers, Ms. Salim is involved in a remarkable array of diversity and community activities in addition to her responsibilities as a securities litigation associate at Heller Ehrman LLP. As a member of the firmwide diversity and New York office hiring committees, Ms. Salim recently devised a process for the diversity and hiring committees to collaborate during the fall recruiting season and was instrumental in rolling out a new mentoring program for associates of color. Among her many external activities, Ms. Salim organizes a series of annual panels at law schools to increase the number of law students of color who apply for state and federal clerkships. In the third year of organizing, each event attracts over 70 participants and has generated interest from other cities and courts looking for ways of replicating the panel. Ms. Salim is able to extend her influence as an associate by forging coalitions and building ownership both internally and externally.