The Sacramento Legal Employers Diversity Collective is McGeorge School of Law’s long-term, collaborative effort with local elementary, middle and high schools, community colleges and colleges. The legal employers are committed to addressing the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession and building more inclusive pathways to law school. The Collective is a group of 30 of the largest legal employers in Sacramento, with a mix of local, national, and international law firms; state agencies; and public defender and district attorney offices.

Members of the Sacramento Legal Employers Diversity Collective are engaging in a four-pronged approach to remedying the lack of diversity across the continuum of legal employment. The Collective prongs are:

  • Pathways Program. There cannot be a more diverse legal workforce if people from historically underrepresented communities do not think they can pursue a career in the legal profession. McGeorge’s Pathways Program brings middle and high school students to McGeorge’s campus and sends attorneys to middle and high schools to talk about the legal profession careers in law. The Collective is working to expand the number of schools and students that this program reaches.
  • Mentoring. Many legal employers have mentoring programs for new attorneys within their organizations. The Collective will work with employers and affinity bar groups to help pair diverse attorneys with mentors at a different employer and, ideally, from similar backgrounds.
  • Recruitment and Retention. Attorneys from diverse backgrounds historically have higher attrition rates in legal careers than white attorneys. The Collective is working to break down silos between employers and give them a constructive space to share information on what is and is not working when it comes to recruiting and retaining a diverse legal workforce. Once the Collective has developed best practices, it will conduct trainings and hold events to help employers implement the best practices.
  • DEI Skills Identification. The Collective will survey employers for the diversity, equity, and inclusion skills they want to see in new hires. Using that data, McGeorge will retool its curriculum to ensure students graduate with those skills.

  • Associate Dean Mary-Beth Moylan; McGeorge School of Law (Lead)
  • Deepi Miller; Greenberg Traurig
  • Karin Bailey; Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann, & Girard
  • Kathren Davis; Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Kayla Cox; Littler
  • Lissa Oshei; Boutin Jones Inc.
  • Maureen Cooper; Downey Brand LLP
  • Mike Daponde; Daponde Simpson Rowe PC
  • Natalie Vance; Klinedinst PC
  • Sophia Kwan; Seyfarth Shaw LLP

  • Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz; McGeorge School of Law (Lead)
  • Bryan Phipps; Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld
  • Cecilia Martin; Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard
  • Douglas Reopel; Littler
  • Jen Shaw; Shaw Law Group
  • Jim Dyer; Buchalter
  • Kathren Davis; Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Lance Olson; Olson Remcho
  • Michelle Chester; Somach, Simmons, & Dunn
  • Simerdip Khangura; Littler
  • Sophia Kwan; Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Thien Ho; Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office
  • Wiemond Wu; Downey Brand

  • Senior Assistant Dean Tracy Simmons; McGeorge School of Law (Lead)
  • Alden Parker; Fisher Phillips LLP
  • Andy Hitchings; Somach, Simmons, & Dunn
  • Angelica Maldonado; California Victims of Crime Resource Center
  • Bryan Phipps; Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld
  • Carrie Bonnington; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Cecilia Martin; Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard
  • Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz; McGeorge School of Law
  • Jeffrey Long; LaVangie Law Group
  • Jim Dyer; Buchalter
  • Lance Martin; Kennaday Leavvitt PC
  • Lizbeth West; Weintraub Tobin
  • Mariam El-Menshawi; California Victims of Crime Resource Center
  • Nicole Gonzalez; Boutin Jones Inc.
  • Thien Ho; Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office
  • Wendy Soe-McKeeman; Daponde Simpson Rowe PC
  • Wiemond Wu; Downey Brand

  • Assistant Dean Molly Stafford; McGeorge School of Law (Lead)
  • Bashar Ahmad; Boutin Jones
  • Chris Delfino; Delfino, Madden, O’Malley, Coyle & Koewler LLP
  • Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz; McGeorge School of Law
  • Karin Bailey; Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard
  • Lindsay Goulding; Porter Scott
  • Maureen Cooper; Downey Brand LLP
  • Nicole Gonzalez; Boutin Jones Inc.
  • William Brown; California State Government Operations Agency