Diversity & the Bar Magazine

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MCCA's Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Justice Reynoso is the first Latino Associate Justice on the California Supreme Court (1982-1987) and is currently a professor emeritus of law at the University of California, Davis. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 2000, and the Hispanic National Bar Association’s highest honor, the Lincoln-Juarez Award, among many other honors and awards. Justice Reynoso has dedicated his legal, judiciary and educational work to promote civic engagement and defend the civil rights of our society’s most disenfranchised.

By Dianne Hayes

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MCCA’s 2014 Award Winners

The MCCA Diversity Gala, held this past summer, is the annual national awards program honoring the foremost corporate law departments from across the nation for diversity, industry leadership and achievements in their legal department diversity programs. Find out who the Employer of Choice Award winners are, along with the Thomas L. Sager Award and Paula L. Ettelbrick Award winners, what made them stand out among nominees and what you can learn from their diversity and inclusion programs.

By Dianne Hayes


Latino Luminaries

Latinos are the second fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, at 17 percent, according to the U. S. Census Bureau. They are also the largest minority group at 53 million—and that number is expected to skyrocket to 128.8 million by 2060. Here, we spotlight lawyers who are working through their leadership and mentorship to be visible success stories to young Hispanics.

By Melanie Padgett Powers


Caregiver Discrimination:

It’s Not Just about Women and Children Anymore

New situations are impacting the rapidly growing area of the law known as family responsibilities discrimination or caregiver discrimination. Relying still on a patchwork of federal, state and local laws how does this impact your workplace? How can employers stay proactive?

By Jonathan Groner

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Notes from the President & CEO


THE LAST FEW MONTHS HAVE NOT BEEN KIND to leadership figures in the wide world of sports. The well-publicized racist comments and actions of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling were followed by the revelation of even more bigoted comments from Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson and General Manager Danny Ferry about that teams’ fans and a minority player.

And of course, we are now familiar with the decisions of embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who—in a league where player concussions and head injuries are of paramount concern—saw video evidence that one of his league’s players knocked his fiancé out cold with a vicious punch to the head and decided that a mere two game suspension was punishment enough for that player. Just think, some people actually predicted that Michael Sam’s sexuality was going to be the big “distraction” in the sports world this fall.

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  Joseph K. West President and CEO of MCCA

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President & CEO
Joseph K. West

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Lloyd M. Johnson Jr.

Kimberly A. Howard, CAE


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Mahzarine Chinoy
David Chu
Donna Crook
Charles H. Hollins, Jr.
Jessica Martinez
Aracely Muñoz Petrich
Andrea Pimm


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Diversity & the Bar lets you turn your workplace diversity into a business advantage. As the flagship magazine of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Diversity & the Bar advocates the advancement of talented diverse attorneys in the nation’s law firms and corporate legal departments. Promote your diversity initiatives in this select publication and impress a high-powered audience that values and supports your diversity initiatives.

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Those that bring in the business keep the company afloat. Attorneys that have a book of business that exceeds $2 million a year are eligible to be recognized in the pages of Diversity & the Bar®.

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MCCA's 2013 Rising Stars

The old guard is about to hand over the reins to a bright new corps of attorneys who will confront unforeseen challenges as they shepherd the profession into a new world where diversity will matter more than ever.

  • Manuel F. Cachán
  • Nadira Clarke
  • Christopher Garcia
  • Blossom Kan
  • Tirzah Lowe
  • Marie Ma
  • Jeremy D. Protas
  • Teena-Ann Sankoorikal
  • Noni Ellison-Southall
  • Vivian Lee Thoreen
  • Krishna Veeraraghavan
  • Bryan Wahl

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Best Lawyers Under Forty

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association recognizes 21 of the nation's most distinguished attorneys from around the country and across the legal spectrum.

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