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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 are involved 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

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

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

Meet Our Women Leaders:  Meyers Nave sponsored the Daily Journal’s inaugural Women Leadership in Law forum in May 2017. We provided attendees with “She Said What?”, a book of leadership quotes by women leaders. We also created a document so the women who help lead Meyers Nave can describe their areas of expertise and share a favorite quote from the women leaders who inspire them. Women lead eight practice groups at Meyers Nave. Please click here to Meet Our Women Leaders.

Interview Profiles:  Meyers Nave women attorneys have been featured in a broad range of publications that cover the legal profession throughout California. Recent examples include Britt Strottman and Shaye Diveley. The Northern California 2017 Super Lawyers magazine features a two-page interview profile with Shaye about her involvement in two published appellate court victories that were critical in winning the battle to build the new $477 million downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings. In the Spring 2017 issue of USFLawyer, the alumni magazine of the University of San Francisco School of Law, Britt is featured in an article titled “People Power” in the special report on “Trailblazers: These Graduates Walk a Path of Progress.” The National Law Journal also features Britt as one of only 50 attorneys in the U.S. on its list of “Energy and Environmental Trailblazers.”

Recent Speaking Engagements:  The women who help lead Meyers Nave share their insight and experience at numerous conferences that focus on professional development and career advancement in the legal professional. Recent examples include Principal Britt Strottman speaking about “Women in the Courtroom” at the Daily Journal’s Women Leadership in Law forum and Principal Brenda Aguilar-Guerrero speaking about “Pathways to Partnership” at the California Women Lawyers Annual Conference.

History of Our 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.