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Diversity & Inclusion

Meyers Nave’s promotion of diversity and inclusion reflects the values of our clients, our society and our firm. We support diversity throughout our offices, in the legal profession, and in our communities. The individuality of our attorneys and staff — and their collective experiences, perspectives and backgrounds — helps us provide clients with the most effective and creative legal services. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental principles that are woven into the fabric of our firm: they drive the success, innovation and professional leadership of Meyers Nave.

Meyers Nave proudly sponsors a broad range of activities with diverse bar associations, law student organizations, alumni associations, youth groups, and clients — wherever we can make an impact. Our attorneys participate in many diversity oriented organizations, including California Women Lawyers, Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians, Charles Houston Bar Association, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Bar Association, LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, and Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment, among many others.

Diversity Fellowship Program

In 2015, Meyers Nave announced its new Diversity Fellowship Program in the firm’s holiday e-card, which received Honorable Mention in a national contest and was recognized for demonstrating “the firm’s commitment to diversity.” Our Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to promote diversity within our firm and throughout the legal profession by building a pipeline of diverse attorneys at the law school level and providing financial assistance, an internship, and mentorship to assist talented, diverse law students with their pursuit of a career in law.

The Diversity Fellowship Program includes:

  • Paid, full-time, 10-week Fellow position at Meyers Nave during the summer after the first and second years of law school
  • Annual tuition assistance of $5,000 for the second and third years of law school, upon completion of the first- and second-year Fellow programs
  • Mentoring during law school from Meyers Nave attorneys who practice in different areas of law in the firm’s California offices, focusing on academic work and the practice and business of law
  • Potential Associate position at Meyers Nave after law school

In accordance with National Association for Law Placement guidelines for first-year law student recruiting, the application process began on December 1, 2106. The last day to apply was January 15, 2017. As a reference for next year’s program, please click here for this year’s application information.

Diversity Recognition

In 2015, Meyers Nave received the 2015 Corporate Recognition Award from the Charles Houston Bar Association. The award is presented to an organization that demonstrates a commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion both in and out of the legal profession. CHBA is an affiliate of the National Bar Association representing the interests of African-American lawyers, judges and law students throughout Northern California. In addition to financial participation, Meyers Nave helps advance CHBA’s mission through a broad range of activities that recently included hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major For Justice Advocacy Competition (and coaching and sponsoring a regional representative at the National Bar Association Conference), hosting a Judicial Panel on behalf of the Charles Houston Bar Association, sponsoring the President’s Reception at the National Bar Association Conference, and hosting an alumni panel for the UC Hastings College of the Law Black Law Students Association and Hastings Alumni Association.

Women’s Initiative

In March 2014, Meyers Nave launched a Women’s Initiative that delivered concrete action and next-step plans six months later. The composition of our Women’s Initiative Committee was the secret to real and swift action. The 15 attorney (12 women, three men) Committee was co-chaired by two women Practice Group Leaders and included decision-makers from numerous practices and offices: the Managing Principal, eight Principals, six Practice Group Leaders, two Senior Of Counsels, four Associates, co-Chairs of the Diversity Committee and the firm’s woman Executive Director. A woman Associate chaired the Subcommittee on Recruitment and Retention. The Committee submitted recommendations to the firm’s Executive Committee, ExCom submitted proposals to the Equity Principals, and the EPs approved the final report. Some of our Women’s Initiative action steps are new for Meyers Nave and others are new for the legal profession: all are needed to help generate collective change throughout the legal profession. We are proud of the results of our efforts and look forward to continuing our momentum.

 

Amrit Kulkarni, Partner, Meyers Nave

Amrit Kulkarni leads the firm’s Land Use, Environmental Law and Transportation & Infrastructure Practice Groups.  Amrit’s group has received two Tier 1 rankings in the “Best Law Firms” list developed by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®  in Litigation-Environmental (Metropolitan Los Angeles, 2016) and Natural Resources Law (Metropolitan Oakland, 2015 and 2016).

 

Ben Reyes II, Partner, Meyers Nave

Ben Reyes assists clients in the areas of municipal and public agency law, energy, construction, procurement, and elections. He is the City Attorney for Pinole and Union City, and serves as General Counsel for the Stege Sanitary District and Assistant General Counsel for the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee. Ben chairs the firm’s Public Contracts Practice Group.

 

Nick Norvell, Attorney, Meyers Nave

Nick Norvell is an Associate in the Municipal and Special District Law, California Public Records Act, and Public Contracts Practice Groups. He advises clients on the full range of legal issues they encounter, including the Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, public contracting, and general law issues. He currently serves as General Counsel for Rolling Hills Community Services District.