Anise Molina joined the firm in January 2021 and is an associate in the Insurance and Financial Services group in the New York office.
Anise received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and his B.A. from Harvard University, where he studied English, Music, Literature, and Theatre Performance and Production.
“One of the main reasons I decided to work at Sidley was because I felt supported as an LGBTQ+ law student. My first interview was with two LGBTQ+ partners who made me feel so welcome I knew that when I came to the firm they would serve as valuable mentors to me.”
What do you think Sidley is doing right in terms of supporting LGBTQ+ law students and lawyers?
One of the main reasons I decided to work at Sidley was because I felt supported as an LGBTQ+ law student. My first interview was with two LGBTQ+ partners who made me feel so welcome I knew that when I came to the firm they would serve as valuable mentors to me. That gut feeling has proven correct, as I continue to look up to and receive guidance from those two partners. One telltale sign that Sidley supports its LGBTQ+ lawyers is its perpetual 100% rating on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. Additionally, the firm’s far-reaching LGBTQ+ pro bono efforts indicate to lawyers and law students that the firm is not only supportive of the LGBTQ+ community, but it advocates on behalf of the community. Furthermore, Sidley’s support of Pride in early summer demonstrates that LGBTQ+ equality is a deep part of the firm’s culture. Sidley is a place where diversity is both welcomed and celebrated; it’s a place where allies actively take part in Pride activities and LGBTQ+ pro bono efforts; and it’s a place where LGBTQ+ partners, counsel, associates, and firm staff alike serve as mentors and ambassadors for the LGBTQ+ community.
What is your advice for allies who want to support the LGBTQ+ community?
I advise allies to participate in events hosted and sponsored by diverse groups. If you’re an attorney who’s not a member of the LGBTQ+ community, you can get trained in a name change pro bono project, take on a pro bono case for an LGBTQ+ client, go to events hosted by LGBTQ+ nonprofit organizations, or donate to an LGBTQ+ cause. If you’re a law student who’s not a member of the LGBTQ+ community, you can go to events hosted by your school’s LGBTQ+ student organization, actively engage with and support your LGBTQ+ peers, and read up on legal issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. On a broader level, everyone can support the LGBTQ+ community in the arts by going to that drag show and tipping the drag queens, attending art gallery exhibitions by LGBTQ+ artists, seeing theatre, and purchasing music and merchandise from LGBTQ+ artists and creators. These acts, while some are financial in nature, send an important message. They indicate that you “walk the walk” instead of just “talking the talk.”