This year LatinoJustice PRLDEF is proud to honor
2018 Corporate Leader Award
Microsoft continues to be a strong corporate voice in defense of immigrants and their contribution to the economy, culture, and overall well-being of the United States. A long-time advocate for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform, Microsoft joined Princeton University and a Princeton student in filing a 2017 complaint in federal court challenging the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing that termination severely harms the students, employers. and educational institutions that rely on and benefit from their contributions. In April 2018, a federal court agreed that the DACA program should be restored in full. Microsoft President Brad Smith noted: “DREAMers grew up in this country, attended our schools, pay taxes and contribute to our communities. We hope this decision will help provide new incentive for the legislative solution the country and these individuals so clearly deserve. As the business community has come to appreciate, a lasting solution for the country’s DREAMers is both an economic imperative and a humanitarian necessity.”
Microsoft’s comprehensive immigration reform platform focuses on fairness in the immigration process and ensuring the U.S. remains a magnet for the world’s top talent by recruiting from a diverse, international pool. Among its key message points, Microsoftadvocatesfor: the elimination of unfair per-country visa limits; an increase in the number of employment-based green cards; and a path to permanent residence and citizenship for DACA-eligible individuals.
In 2008 Microsoft co-founded Kids in Need of Defense, Inc. (KIND) to provide pro bono legal support for unaccompanied children, many of whom are fleeing some of the most dangerous countries in the world. KIND partners with 533 law firms, companies, law schools, and bar associations. The company has donated more than $10 million dollars since the KIND’s inception.
The company’s diversity and inclusion practices also reflect this practical humanity-based approach. With 47 diverse employee networks, more than $2B invested in diverse suppliers, long-term support for diversity initiatives such as DigiGirlz and a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Microsoft is illuminating the path to corporate leadership.
Accepting this award
Darlyn Rodriguez Hayes
Darlyn Rodriguez Hayes is a Senior Attorney in Microsoft’s Cloud and AI Platform Group. In her seven years at Microsoft, she has advised business executives and others on a broad range of legal, business and strategic issues, including intellectual property, consumer protection, commercial contracts, privacy, security, licensing and regulatory compliance. Darlyn is also an important leader in the D&I community in Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) group, across Microsoft (as Communications lead for HOLA, Microsoft’s Latinx employee resource group), and externally, representing Microsoft at the 2017 HNBA Latina Leadership Academy and honored as one of 35 Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers in 2016 by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. In her spare time, Darlyn volunteers with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) providing pro-bono legal representation and translation assistance to unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children – ensuring that no child appears in court without an attorney when seeking asylum or other forms of relief before the immigration courts. Before working at Microsoft, she was an IT Consultant at American Management Systems working at embassies abroad for the U.S. Department of State, an Attorney at the New York offices of Latham & Watkins LLP, and Corporate Counsel at Amazon. Darlyn obtained her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Chicago Law School.
Lisa Martinez Wolmart
2018 Lucero Award
Lisa Martinez Wolmart is Vice President and Corporate Counsel of the Enterprise Litigation Group for Prudential Financial, Inc.
Ms. Wolmart and her team are responsible for managing all company litigation, excluding labor and employment. Before joining Prudential in 2013, Ms. Wolmart served as a Legal Director of Merck & Co., Inc., formerly Schering-Plough Corporation, managing complex commercial litigation, product liability and multi-district litigation. Before transitioning to an in-house counsel role, Ms. Wolmart represented Fortune 50 and 100 companies in complex commercial litigation for 15 years, most recently as a partner with Day Pitney LLP.
In addition to her litigation leadership role, Ms. Wolmart is an identified diversity champion and trailblazer, committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She serves as Co-Executive Sponsor of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for Prudential’s Law, Compliance, Business Ethics and External Affairs Department (“LCBE”). It’s here where she is instrumental in driving the Department’s educational, vendor, and pipeline diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Ms. Wolmart has been an active volunteer and contributor to a variety of initiatives in her state and local community as a pro bono volunteer representing survivors of domestic violence, tenants facing eviction, and consumers struggling with debt. Ms. Wolmart served as a Trustee of the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey, and currently serves as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics.
Ms. Wolmart received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She resides in Randolph, New Jersey with her husband, four children and yellow Labrador Retriever.
Ronald J. Tabak
2018 Community Champion Award
Ronald J. Tabak is experienced in death penalty and civil rights litigation. For example, he successfully argued Francis v. Franklin, a death penalty case, in the U.S. Supreme Court and played a leading role in securing Johnny Gates’ removal from death row after 26 years. Mr. Tabak has chaired the Committee on Civil Rights of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, is chair of the Death Penalty Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice and is co-chair of the New York State Bar Special Committee on Re-Entry. He has been a leader in the ABA’s efforts to recruit and train lawyers for indigent death row inmates. He spearheaded the successful effort to get the ABA to call for a moratorium on executions until various due process concerns are resolved. He chaired the ABA Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice's Task Force on Mental Disability and the Death Penalty, whose proposals have been adopted as policies by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association.
Mr. Tabak coordinates the pro bono practice at Skadden worldwide. Under his supervision, each year hundreds of attorneys at the firm handle pro bono cases suitable to their practices and interests. He established a special pro bono program in which most of the firm’s summer associates actively participate and frequently involves the firm’s legal assistants on pro bono matters. Mr. Tabak also is a member of the advisory committee for the Skadden Fellowship Program.
He has spoken on a range of topics, including pro bono matters, fellowship programs, capital punishment, habeas corpus and civil rights at numerous law schools, bar associations and civic groups on television and radio. He has written numerous articles on such subjects and, beginning in 2007, has authored the Capital Punishment chapter in the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s book, The State of Criminal Justice.