Commitment to Diversity

Learn more about CCCBA’s goal to promote and support diversity within our legal community and our county.

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 Initiatives

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

The Diversity Committee’s newest endeavor is the CCCBA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

We encourage you to download the pledge, sign it and email it to Theresa Hurley or send it to her at the CCCBA office (2300 Clayton Road, Suite 520, Concord, CA 94520).

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.

Diversity MCLE Program

Committee members present a free MCLE program to groups of CCCBA members called Investing in the Future of Diversity: Building a Better Law Practice.

Diversity Award

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.

Solo and Two Attorney Law Firms

Three or More Attorney Law Firms

2019 Diversity Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of CCCBA's second Annual Diversity Awards, presented in January 2019:

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

Leoni Law

Livingston Law Firm

Miller Starr Regalia

Mora Employment Law

SC Selleck Law



Platinum Level (45+)

M.S. Domingo Law

Littler Mendelson

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.