Jeannine Taylor, deputy general counsel for Keck Medicine of USC, has been installed as the 104th president of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) and its 3rd Black president. In this role, her goals will be to “rekindle faith in our justice system, harness the power of unity and cultivate a just world.”

Taylor, who has been with Keck Medicine since 2009, manages USC’s health sciences legal team, advises on major corporate acquisitions and affiliations and helped navigate Keck Medicine through the process of establishing the university’s Health System Board. She is also a founding member of the Keck Medicine Diversity & Inclusion Executive Steering Committee and is passionate about mentoring minority students in high school, undergrad and at the graduate level.

Previously, she championed for USC’s legal team to become the first educational institution to sign onto the American Bar Association’s Diversity Resolution in 2019, which prioritizes purchasing services from firms that support the retention and promotion of diverse attorneys.

Established in 1919, WLALA advocates for women attorneys, women in general, persons of color, the disadvantaged and the under-represented in Southern California. The organization also co-founded the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law with the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles — one of the largest local women’s bar associations in California.

— Alison Rainey