About the DEI Committee

The DEI Committee was founded in 2002 and has grown to include the annual Diversity Awards, a plethora of diversity programs and outreach to Bay Area legal organizations.

panelists at the CCCBA Racial Reconciliation forum

Mission Statement

The mission of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEIC) is to foster a diverse legal community that is equitable and inclusive through education, advocacy, and action. The DEIC celebrates every attribute that makes an individual unique and valuable, including race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, cultural background, neurodiversity, ability, national origin, citizenship status, or any other distinguishing aspect. The DEIC commits to advocating for disadvantaged communities to have equal access to justice and full participation in the CCCBA. The DEIC pledges to take immediate action to combat and remedy the inequities and injustices that marginalized communities, especially communities of color, have suffered. The DEIC’s efforts advance the CCCBA’s core values and commitment to its members and the community at large.


The DEI Committee was  founded in 2002 by Dick Frankel, Larry Cook, Lisa Roberts and Robin Pearson. Since then, it has grown to provide many powerful programs that address diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Committee Today

The DEI committee, made up of lawyers and judges, meets several times a year to foster a sense of equity and inclusion by creating unique signature programs, volunteer opportunities, provide resources, and work with minority bar associations.


DEI Committee Chair, Benisa Berry

DEI Committee Vice Chair, Sutter Selleck