Michael Shimokaji, Principal, Shimokaji & Associates, P.C.
Thomas Suh, Partner, Lee Tran & Liang LLP
Catch up with old friends
Meet new people & expand your network
Monday, July 28, 2014
5:30 - 8:00pm; program at 6:00pm
McCormick & Schmick’s 2000 Main Street Irvine, CA 92614
CMCP Members - FREE Non-Members - $25.00
CMCP in History
Celebrating 25 Years of Creating Access & Opportunity
Raymond Alvarado not only participated in CMCP himself, but he created a culture of diversity, inclusion and dedication to CMCP within the firm he founded, today known as AlvaradoSmith.
In the words of CMCP Co-Founder Guy Rounsaville, Jr. on Ray's retirement: "He left a big imprint on CMCP just as he has on your good firm. He did so by valuing people above all. They say one measure of a person is the number of people you have helped in one way or another. By that measure Ray is a giant."
From CMCP 1996 Annual Report...
Minority Law Firm Benefit Story
An age-old business problem for smaller law firms, and particularly minority-owned law firms, has been approaching and gaining access to in-house counsel of legal departments at Fortune 500 companies and other large institutions. Having an opportunity to provide them legal services may be an even greater challenge. Such difficulties, however, can be addressed through membership in CMCP.
Members of the CMCP benefit through increased opportunities for attorneys of color at minority- and majority-owned law firms to build relationships with in-house counsel and other key personnel. Indeed, the growing success of the CMCP has resulted from expanded opportunities and productive business relations created and maintained between corporate and law firm members alike. As a member for the past several years, Alvarado, Smith, Villa & Sanchez has benefited from relationship building opportunities afforded through the CMCP on a professional and personal level. The membership benefits of the CMCP have afforded the Firm greater access to corporate legal departments that otherwise might not have been available.
Raymond Alvarado, Esq. Alvarado, Smith, Villa & Sanchez Los Angeles, CA
...Alvarado, Smith, Villa & Sanchez has benefited from relationship building opportunities afforded through the CMCP on a professional and personal level.
Welcome New Members
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has scheduled its Gala and Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference much earlier this year, and we want to make sure we’ve alerted everyone who might find these events of interest.
The MCCA Diversity Gala will take place July 25, 2014 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. where Justice Cruz Reynoso will receive MCCA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The Gala is MCCA’s premier awards program honoring leaders in the legal profession for diversity and inclusion. Esteemed actor, producer, director and social activist Laurence Fishburne will deliver the keynote address and present MCCA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Justice Reynoso. Kristen Welker, NBC News White House Correspondent, will serve as the emcee for the Diversity Gala. Evening entertainment will feature music icon, multi-Grammy award-winner and back-to-back Oscar nominee, James Ingram. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.mcca.com/gala.
MCCA’s Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference, July 24, 2014
MCCA’s Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference is a full-day educational conference promoting the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. It provides programs focused on global diversity, inclusive leadership and talent optimization. The Pathways Conference offers practical development tools and resources for individual lawyers and organizations. This premier diversity and inclusion conference hosts over 500 legal professionals and experts.
Bank of America Macy’s Citigroup Best Buy Wells Fargo Boehringer Ingelheim The Hartford
Wells Fargo Century Link Royal Bank of Scotland Masco Corporation Family Dollar Stores Advance Auto Parts PSEG Services
Walmart The Dolan Company Marsh & McLennan Florida Power & Light Western Union FedEx DirecTV
Enhanced enforcement efforts and aggressive investigations by the DOL, DOJ, NLRB and state agencies are leading to the rapid expansion of the Wage & Hour landscape.As a result, this conference is trending to be the largest of all the previous installments!
The is the only event that goes the extra mile and brings you an extensive in-house counsel client presence for maximum networking and business development, and federal and state judicial insights
Here's a sneak peek at just some of insights that the federal and state judges will be providing in the two judicial panels:
What works and does’t work in their courtrooms in wage cases
Why the employers in wage cases before them and before juries succeeded, and why they did not
Specific examples in the wage context of: 1) poor witness selection; 2) inability to connect with the jury; 3) bad lawyering
For wage cases, what works best in: 1) jury instructions; 2) voir dire; and 3) opening and closing statements
Nominate Candidates for the ACBA Board of Directors
Recommendations needed by July 8, 2014 Applications due July 21, 2014
Bar association participation is a great way to develop consensus-building skills, shape bar policies, have a voice in the legal community, and just have fun working with other great ACBA members. The ACBA seeks your help in identifying potential board members to replace those officers and directors whose terms expire on December 31, 2014
As part of the recently completed Long Range Strategic Planning process, the ACBA has decided to reduce the number of members on the Board of Directors, and to actively recruit board members with the particular skills, experience, and connections that are most needed to support the current goals of the organization.
This year, the Board has identified two priority areas for new board candidates:
To recommend an excellent candidate with experience or connections in one of the two priority areas, please send his/her name to ACBA CEO Tiela Chalmers at email@example.com by Tuesday, July 8, 2014. ACBA leadership is happy to reach out to recommended candidates to provide more information about Board membership and the application process.
Apply to be an ACBA Board Member If you have experience in one of the two priority areas, and the energy, time, enthusiasm and collaborative spirit to help govern a dynamic bar association, then we want to hear from you!
To apply, please complete the application, which includes a description of board member responsibilities, and return it no later than Monday, July 21, 2014 to:
Whitney Ward Alameda County Bar Association 1000 Broadway, Suite 480 Oakland, CA 94607 Fax: (510) 452-2224 firstname.lastname@example.org
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