Diversity Committee

The Contra Costa County Bar Association has been committed to advancing the needs of our diverse community. In its commitment, CCCBA created the Diversity Committee in 2002. The Committee's goal is to promote and support diversity within our legal community and our county.

The Diversity Committee supports the Minority Bar Coalition and organizes local diversity mixers and other events. The Committee also promotes and participates in the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program, The CCCBA received a joint award (along with the Alameda, Santa Clara and San Francisco Bar Associations) from the State Bar of California for the implementation of this long-running program. Within the broader Contra Costa community, the Committee has helped put on the Color of Justice program at the Contra Costa Superior Court and recruits legal professionals to volunteer at local high school law academies.

Our Judicial Mentoring Program pairs mentee attorneys interested in becoming a judge with CCC Superior Court judicial mentors. In 2016 the Diversity Committee hosted Judicial Application workshops in conjunction with the National Association of Women's Judges & the State Bar Council on Access and Fairness. The Committee plans to host more judicial workshops in the future.

Committee members present a free on-site Elimination of Bias program entitled 'Investing in the Future of Diversity: Building a Better Law Practice' to interested law firms. Every year, the Diversity Committee identifies keynote or plenary speakers for the MCLE Spectacular.

The Diversity Committee's newest endeavor is a Diversity Award. Law firms of all sizes who promote diversity and support the legal needs or our community are eligible to earn this award.

We would like to acknowledge the founding members of the Diversity Committee: Dick Frankel, Larry Cook, Lisa Roberts & Robin Pearson. If you are interested becoming involved with the Diversity Committee, please contact Executive Director, Theresa Hurley at thurley@cccba.org or (925) 370-2548.

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