California Bar Journal
CBJ - July 2009 #05.
Diversity awards go to lawyers and firms
California Bar Journal July 2009 Diversity awards go to lawyers and firmsThe State Bar presented three Diversity Awards last month to attorneys and programs that promote equal access to justice.
Los Angeles attorney Ann Park, a partner at Pond North LLP, was honored for her efforts over more than 20 years to diversify the legal profession. As an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's committee on diversity in the profession, she helped draft guidelines to increase the number of women and minority lawyers in local law firms and departments, and she also founded the bar's youth mentoring program.
The Southern California Edison law department led a "call to action" coalition, focusing on using minority-owned law firms as outside counsel, tracking the use of women and minority lawyers in outside firms hired by SCE, and an emphasis on diversity within the department. It also promotes outreach efforts that include a street law workshop targeting three high schools, an academic scholarship, and mock trial and career day programs.
The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area has advocated on behalf of Asian...