The San Diego County Bar Association's Diversity Initiatives include a Diversity Fellowship Program and the Diversity Pledge as well as an annual Dialogue on Diversity CLE program and networking and education events with members of the SDCBA's Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee. The goal of these various initiatives and programs is to foster a greater commitment to Diversity within San Diego's legal community.
The San Diego County Bar Association and Association of Corporate Counsel-San Diego Diversity Fellowship Program (Program) was created in response to the low number of diverse attorneys practicing law in San Diego County law firms and corporate legal departments. The Program provides an opportunity for diverse, first year law students to learn and develop skills necessary to be successful in law firm and corporate legal department environments and exposes law firms and corporate legal departments to qualified individuals who might not otherwise be considered. For more information on the Diversity Fellowship Program, click here.
Thank you to our 2014 Diversity Fellowship Program Employers:
- Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Pepeo P.C.
- Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP
- Ferris & Britton, APC
- Higgs Fletcher & Mack, LLP
- Sempra Energy
- Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
- Sony Electronics, Inc.
- Klinedinst PC
- Ballard Spahr LLP
- Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP
- Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
- Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfield, LLP
- Chapin Fitzgerald, LLP
The SDCBA created a Diversity Pledge in 2007, to serve as a guideline for fostering diversity within the legal profession in San Diego. The Diversity Pledge was created to re-focus efforts within the legal profession on promoting diversity in the hiring, retention and advancement of attorneys within law firms and corporate legal departments and emphasizing diversity in leadership positions. Although the Diversity Pledge includes a detailed list of diversity goals and practices for organizations to consider, it is meant to serve as a guideline and is completely voluntary. For a list of those who have signed the Diversity Pledge Signatories please see the column on the right.
To read the SDCBA Diversity Pledge in its entirety, click here. To become a Diversity Pledge Signatory, sign and return this form.
The SDCBA's Dialogue on Diversity program offers attendees the chance to hear from some of the industry's leaders while earning CLE credit and networking. Dialogue on Diversity 2014 covered current trends in diversity and inclusion and featured Sandra Yamate, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.
From left to right: Hon. David Danielsen, Sandra Yamate, Jerrilyn Malana.
The SDCBA’s Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee (ERDC) joined together to socialize and network at the ERDC’s annual Holidays Around the World Mixer on November 6, 2014 at the SDCBA Conference Center.
| SDCBA Diversity Pledge Signatories
The SDCBA Diversity Pledge serves as a guideline for fostering diversity within the legal profession in San Diego. To become a Diversity Pledge Signatory, please sign and return this form.
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
American Arbitration Association
Best Best & Krieger
Butz Dunn & DeSantis
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Foley & Lardner
Fonss & Estigarribia, Attorneys at Law
Gaston and Gaston
Higgs Fletcher & Mack
Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Law Offices of Lori R. Mendez, P.L.C.
Maldonado & Markham, LLP
Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez,
McKenna, Long and Aldridge
Paul Hastings LLP
Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP
Sony Electronics, Inc.
Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Troutman Sanders LLP
Tyson & Mendes LLP
Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP
Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee Chair:
Stephanie Chow, Chair
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