Diversity + Inclusion At Farella Braun + Martel

Farella Braun + Martel’s core value of Success Through Teamwork, Diversity and Respect is the basis of our award-winning action-oriented Diversity + Inclusion Program targeting three core constituencies: our personnel, our clients and our community. We believe that our clients, profession and community are served better by building a diverse and inclusive workplace that appreciates individual differences. While Farella is a mid-size firm headquartered in San Francisco, our diversity initiatives and programs are recognized nationally as unique and innovative.

Attorney Professional Development, Mentorship and Recruitment
Farella’s Diversity + Inclusion Committee, together with the entire firm leadership, implements programs to reinforce our culture of welcoming, including, supporting and promoting minority, women and LGBT attorneys.

  • Women’s Leadership Committee promotes the advancement of Farella’s women lawyers.
  • Affinity Groups built around demographic, lifestyle and strategic need (e.g., women’s mentoring circle, “Moms Making It Work” group, diverse associates group and peer mentor pairings).
  • Diversity Client Outreach connects diverse Farella attorneys with in-house counsel committed to diversity through relationship building and practice development opportunities.
  • Partner-Hosted Events build relationships between partners and diverse associates outside of the workplace.
  • Recruiting participates in minority job fairs and provide financial support to minority student organizations and bar associations.
  • Diverse Associate Lunch & Learn Programs feature professional development programs, such as how to make the most out of board memberships, sponsorships and the internal firm review process.

Diversity Pipeline Internship Program
Farella’s Diversity Pipeline Internship Program provides high school students from diverse and/or disadvantaged backgrounds with a unique opportunity to learn about the legal profession. 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.

Diversity Scholarship Program
Farella’s Diversity Scholarship Program assists diverse Bay Area law students in pursuing their legal careers. Recipients are selected based on academic accomplishments, commitment to serving the community and financial need. In its 15th year, the firm has awarded $320,000 in scholarships to 65 first-year law students.

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance (FKA the Project for Attorney Retention) sought out Farella to join its invitation only, national working group of 12 law firm managing partners and 12 general counsel. The group works to reduce unwanted attrition among lawyers by promoting work/life balance and the advancement of women in the legal profession. Our participation in this group supports our flexible schedule programs that accommodate our attorneys’ changing life circumstances without diminishing the high level of service that our clients expect.

Training, Awareness and Promotion
Our ongoing diversity programs promote diversity awareness and dialogue within Farella and in the greater legal community through workshops, roundtable discussions and conferences. Since 2001, our firm has retained nationally recognized specialists on diversity issues to lead diversity awareness workshops and to engage and educate attorneys and staff on various diversity-related topics.

Pro Bono and Community Service
We encourage our attorneys to participate in professional and non-profit associations that promote diversity and serve our greater community. We have supported, funded and served as board members and leaders in numerous local and national organizations. Equally important is our commitment to pro bono activities through which we provide assistance to various diverse communities. Farella attorneys provide pro bono legal services through organizations such as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and its Tuesday Night Clinic and Asylum Program, and the Bar Association of San Francisco Justice & Diversity Center’s Right to Civil Counsel Program. We are also active in BASF’s Food from the Bar and Head Start’s Holiday Adopt a Classroom programs.

We dedicated the firm’s 50th Anniversary in 2012 to community service by encouraging all employees to volunteer 50 hours of service and donating $500,000 to community-based organizations, including the SF-Marin Food Bank, and ConnectEd to create the Farella Braun + Martel Law and Justice Credit Recovery Curriculum at Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunters Point community.