Leading law firm WilmerHale, world-renowned technology company Intel Corporation and transformational legal organization the EqualJustice Society will receive the Leading Change Diversity Awards at 25th Anniversary Scholarship & Award Ceremony featuring keynote remarks by California State Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger
San Francisco – July 9, 2015 – The California Bar Foundation, celebrating our 25th Anniversary and renewing our commitment to building a better justice system for all Californians, announced today that WilmerHale, Intel Corporation and the Equal Justice Society will receive the 2015 California Bar Foundation’s Leading Change Diversity Awards. Every year the California Bar Foundation selects leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to receive the Leading Change Diversity Awards.
The California Bar Foundation is leading change for the people of California by investing in a fairer and more accessible justice system with a profession that better reflects and better represents the population it serves. As the only statewide funder investing exclusively in the California legal community, our grants are bolstering capacity and impact for innovative and effective diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and our scholarships are opening doors for aspiring California lawyers from communities underrepresented in the bar, investing in financial support, preparedness and confidence.
In this 25th year of serving the California legal community and the State of California, the California Bar Foundation selected one law firm, WilmerHale, one corporate counsel department, Intel, and one nonprofit legal services provider, the Equal Justice Society, to receive the prestigious 2015 Leading Change Diversity Award. We recognize each organization’s work to further the California Bar Foundation’s mission.
"As the center of philanthropy for the California legal community, the California Bar Foundation is well positioned to identify and recognize those programs at the forefront on diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Julie Taylor, president of the board of directors of the California Bar Foundation and partner at Keesal, Young & Logan LLP. "We applaud this year’s recipients, and look forward to continuing to work with them and other community partners in building a California legal profession that better represents the communities it serves.”
"A commitment to diversity is among WilmerHale’s guiding principles. Diversity influences how we recruit our lawyers and staff, the type of pro bono cases we undertake, and the philanthropic endeavors we pursue in the community. Diversity makes us better lawyers and advocates,” said WilmerHale partner Mark Selwyn. "We are very proud to have partnered with the California Bar Foundation and our client Intel to help advance the cause of diversity in the legal profession, and we are honored to be distinguished by the California Bar Foundation.”
"Intel’s goal is to be the high technology industry leader in diversity; and inclusion in the legal profession has been a long term focus for Intel’s Law and Policy Group, said Suzan Miller, Corporate Secretary, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Intel Corporation. "Working with others such as WilmerHale and the California Bar Foundation is an important part of Intel Legal’s efforts and we are proud to support the Diversity Scholarship program. While there is much more to be done, we are honored to receive the Leading Change Diversity Award.”
"My deepest appreciation to the California Bar Foundation for this award," said Eva Paterson, President of the Equal Justice Society. "EJS and our allies are fighting to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in places such as Bakersfield where Black and Latino students and families in Bakersfield are the targets of excessive school discipline practices because of the color of their skin. When we started EJS in 2000, our mission was to put race back on the table. Now that we're talking about race, we want to transform America's understanding of race and racism so that we can all be a part of moving this country forward."
WilmerHale, Intel and the Equal Justice Society will receive the Leading Change Diversity Awards at the California Bar Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Scholarship & Award Ceremony in San Francisco on September 17th. This ceremony celebrating our award and scholarship recipients will be held at the offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP and serve to close our 25th Anniversary Celebrations. California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, the newest member of the California Supreme Court and the first African American on the California State Supreme Court in more than a decade, will provide keynote remarks. CBF Board Member and General Counsel of NBA Champions Golden State Warriors, David Kelly, will introduce Justice Kruger at the ceremony.