Joseph M. Hanna—co-chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Retail and Hospitality and Sports and Entertainment practices, chair of the firm’s Diversity Task force, and a member of its Facilitation Committee—participated in a panel with other legal professionals for St. John’s University School of Law on Monday, September 28, 2020. The event focused on mentorship and helping younger attorneys to develop and advance professionally, with a particular focus on issues related to diversity and inclusion.
During “Seeking the Necessary Guidance: A Discussion on Effective Mentorship,” Joe discussed effective mentoring, how to find potential mentors, and tips on how to be a good mentor or mentee. Various law organizations co-sponsored the event at St. John’s University in an effort to bring diversity and inclusion to campus—including the Black Law Student Association, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the South Asian Law Students Association, OUTLaws and Allies, and the Women’s Law Society.
With a national practice and industry-wide reputation for leadership, Joseph M. Hanna is consistently ranked among the top 10 attorneys based in Western New York in Business First’s annual Legal Elite, and in 2015, Joe was the youngest honoree ever to be named Lawyer of the Year in the Bar Association of Erie County’s 130-year history. Joe is also a leading voice for diversity in the legal and business communities. He is chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Diversity Task Force and has held multiple leadership roles in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) as well as diversity-related positions within the American Bar Association (ABA), DRI, and other organizations.