CCCBA’s commitment to advancing the needs of our diverse community is reflected by the launch of the Diversity Committee in 2002.
We’d like to acknowledge the founding members of the Diversity Committee: Dick Frankel, Larry Cook, Lisa Roberts & Robin Pearson.
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 to organize the Color of Justice program at the Contra Costa Superior Court and recruit legal professionals to volunteer at local high school law academies.
In 2019, CCCBA received an ABA Partnership Award for its innovative Diversity Award Checklist. See below for more information about this year’s Diversity Award checklist.
Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
Judicial Mentoring Program
This program was established to provide attorneys hailing from diverse backgrounds and contemplating a career on the bench with a structured method of obtaining guidance from experienced judges.
The Diversity Committee introduced a Diversity Award Checklist in 2017 and presented its first set of awards in 2018. This extensive checklist recognizes the diversity efforts of law firms ranging from sole practitioners to firms with more than 20 attorneys.
The 2019 Diversity Checklist is available now. Complete and return it by December 3, 2019. Awards will be presented at the CCCBA Installation Lunch in January 2020.
Silver Level (25+)
Law Offices of Natasha S. Chee
Law Office of Marjorie Wallace
Washington & Associates
Gold Level (35+)
Law Office of Ariel Brownell
Cooper, White & Cooper LLP
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Livingston Law Firm
Miller Starr Regalia
Mora Employment Law
SC Selleck Law
Platinum Level (45+)
M.S. Domingo Law
Pearson & Schachter Law
Quarles & Brady LLP
Santaella & Jahangiri, LLP
Congratulations to the Platinum Level Diversity Award Winners for 2018. Left to right: James Wu of Quarles & Brady, LLP; Mika Domingo of M.S. Domingo Law; Robin Pearson of Pearson & Schachter; JoAnna Brooks of Littler; and Ivette Santaella of Santaella & Jahangiri, LLP.
The winners of the Gold Level Diversity Award for 2018 include Beth Mora of Mora Employment Law; Kristina Lawson of Hansen Bridgett; Summer Selleck of SC Selleck Law; Kristen Thall Peters of Cooper, White & Cooper LLP; Ariel Brownell of the Law Office of Ariel Brownell; Allison Wopschall of Miller Starr Regalia; Renee Welze Livingston of Livingston Law Firm; and Terry Leoni of Leoni Law.
The winners of the Silver Level Diversity Award include Natasha S. Chee of the Law Offices of Natsaha S. Chee; Marjorie Wallace of the Law Office of Marjorie Walllace; and Qiana Washington of Washington & Associates.