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Diversity + Inclusion

Farella is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion for all attorneys and staff.  Everyone at the firm is respected and included irrespective of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability. Our diversity and inclusiveness makes us stronger as a firm and enables us to deliver superlative legal advice to our clients.

Farella recognizes that the number of women and diverse partners in law firms needs to improve and is committed to being part of the solution.  We have been a leader in working towards greater diversity in our firm and the legal profession for decades.  We created our first high school diversity pipeline program 12 years ago, and have given scholarships to diverse law students for over 19 years.  We also partner with our clients on diversity initiatives.  Throughout our history, we have supported the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and diverse attorneys through innovative initiatives.

Diversity + Inclusion Committee

Farella’s Diversity + Inclusion Committee is one of the largest committees at the firm and is truly a cross-section of the firm, including attorneys and staff, which reflects the intense commitment of all firm members towards diversity and inclusion.  The Committee is focused on supporting and developing innovative initiatives to work towards greater diversity and inclusion of everyone working at the firm as well as in the greater legal community.  It also is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in recruiting, retaining and advancing attorneys to partnership. The Committee has over 40 members and is co-chaired by partner Cynthia Rowland and senior associate Kelly Matayoshi.

           

Women’s Leadership Committee

Farella’s Women’s Leadership Committee’s focus is to retain, develop and promote women attorneys at Farella, both within the firm and in the legal profession. To fulfill this mission, the Committee provides programming for women attorneys, promotes equal access to professional opportunities, and works on mentorship and inclusion for women attorneys at all levels. It also hosts events with clients to collaborate regarding advancement and equality for women in the legal profession. The Committee has 22 members and is co-chaired by partner Julie Treppa and senior associate Aviva Gilbert.

          

Diversity Pipeline Program

Founded over 19 years ago, Farella’s Diversity Pipeline Internship Program provides high school students from diverse and/or disadvantaged backgrounds with an opportunity to learn about the legal profession. The program combines work assignments at the law firm with a structured curriculum that introduces the interns to various practices of law, the numerous paths that a person can take to become a lawyer, and sessions on how to navigate the college application and financial aid processes.  Through the hands-on six-week summer internship program, the interns develop practical skills and strategies to assist their pursuit of higher education and develop the confidence to consider, and think themselves capable of, going to law school and becoming a member of the legal community.  We “open sourced” our Pipeline Program curriculum and have shared it with other law firms and corporate in-house departments.

Our Pipeline Program is extraordinarily successful: the majority of Pipeline alumni went on to four-year colleges and some went to law school and are now practicing attorneys. Our Diversity Pipeline Program is co-chaired by associate Nadia Arid and senior associate Greg LeSaint.

        

Diversity Scholarship Program

Farella’s Diversity Scholarship Program assists Bay Area diverse law students in pursuing their legal careers. Recipients are in their first year of law school and are selected based on academic and personal accomplishments and financial need. In its 19th year, the firm has awarded $440,000 in scholarships to more than 77 diverse first-year law students. Our Scholarship Program is co-chaired by partner Eugene Mar and senior associate Winston Liaw.

Firm Highlights

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2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges: Aggregate Litigation in State Courts - Preserving Vital Mechanisms

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Aviva Gilbert Selected as 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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California's Bold Step Forward Into the Contentious World of Wetlands Regulation

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Insurance for the Cannabis Industry Program Takeaways

I recently moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco Insurance Section program co-sponsored with the Cannabis Law Section. The program highlighted recent changes to local insurance requirements and market availability of coverage for cannabis...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named 2019 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , Stephanie P. Skaff and Roderick M. Thompson have been named IP Stars by Managing...

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Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West: The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Keeping Tabs on Energy Efficiency – New Benchmarking Requirements for San Francisco

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Former City of Napa Planner Rick Tooker Joins Farella Braun + Martel

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Cannabis Companies and the California Consumer Privacy Act

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