In the Pocket
In the Pocket is a podcast series that takes a closer look at the threads of the Fil-Am legal community fabric, courtesy of our #NFALAfamily members Jonah Toleno, Heidi Hennig Rowe, and June Casalmir.
The hosts of this podcast refer to each other as “Pocket Sisters” based on the fact that they are literally in each other’s pocket via text or social media every day after having met through their involvement in NFALA. Over the course of time, the Pocket Sisters have forged friendships with other Fil-Am and AAPI legal community members.
This podcast—brought to you by NFALA—invites its audience to meet and be moved by these diverse individuals and gives them in-the-pocket access to their heartfelt stories and words of inspiration.
About the Hosts
When NFALA de facto fashion advisor and data privacy rock star Anna Clark moved from the Philippines to the United States, she was old enough to have strong reservations about it — but too young to have a say. Interviewed in this episode by Heidi Hennig Rowe, Anna discusses the path that led her from cultural duality challenges to courage and heart that she quite literally wears on her terno sleeve.
Anna not only supports the Fil-Am legal community — she currently serves as the Northeast Regional Governor on the board of NAPABA.
Corporate immigration law rock star and NFALA Young Lawyers Network Chair Beth Olivera bonds with host June Casalmir on the topics of lumpia and Peloton workouts as she recounts growing up in a multicultural Midwestern family.
Beth talks about her friendship with her sister Emily and provides her thoughts on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy. Beth is currently an associate at Cozen O’Connor’s Chicago office and also serves as board secretary of NFALA affiliate FALA Chicago.
East Coast or West Coast?
Bulalo or nilaga?
Interviewed in this episode by Jonah Toleno, Tracy Badua charms us all with her low-key sense of humor, making it all seem effortless. She recounts growing up in L.A. County, graduating from college in three years, and moving across the country to D.C. and then back again.
Finally—and most incredibly—she talks about being a working mother in the midst of a pandemic.
Tracy is an attorney in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is a past President of the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego.
So much in one episode:
trial successes, service to underserved communities, laughter, and record-from-home interruptions.
Listen in as Heidi Hennig Rowe interviews San Francisco Fil-Am O.G. lawyer goddess and chief-of-everything, Abigail Rivamonte Mesa.
Abi is Chief of Staff for Supervisor Matt Haney in District 6 in San Francisco and has also served as a criminal defense attorney and deputy public defender at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.
Recorded last November in Austin, Texas, this interview with Christine Pompa takes us through her life growing up as a young performing artist in the Detroit suburbs, her college years at Wayne State University, and then through her journey through the legal profession to her current job leading the intellectual property team at YETI.
She and June Casalmir talk through what it means to succeed as an in-house counsel, and what women of color can do to support each other in the legal profession.
Heidi Hennig Rowe interviews Lieutenant Colonel Rob Vasquez (Ret.), who is currently seeking a culinary arts degree.
Rob talks about the impact of family on his choice to enter the military, his years of leadership in the U.S. Army, and food as both an individual expression of culture and a means for building bridges.
Recorded live during the height of pre-NFALA Gala festivities in Austin last month, Jonah Toleno’s endearing interview with Eric de los Santos traces his path from his childhood years in Hawaii to his current role as the lead employment lawyer at a publicly-traded company. Note: No Crossfitters were harmed in the recording of this interview.
Recorded live as preparations for the 2019 Annual Gala were underway, this interview with Chad Hartley delves into his relationship with his husband and 2018-19 NFALA President Eric De Los Santos—and with the NFALA community as a whole. We talk Blu-Ray discs, rainy-but-blessed weddings, rotating Christmas tree stands, and so much more.
In this special preview episode of In the Pocket, members of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALA New York) remember the life of Robin Mangaser Tizon, past co-chair of FALA New York's Public Relations Committee who also served as co-chair of NFALA's Young Lawyers Affinity Network during its launch in 2016. The episode was recorded in the summer of 2019 in preparation for the launch of the scholarship fund established by FALA New York in her memory.