Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Talent for Your Practice
Topics to be covered:
Strategies for putting inclusive ideas into practice
How to foster effective allyship in your workplace
Ways to support diversity in the educational pipeline leading to the legal profession
The business case for diversity from the client’s point of view
UC Legal Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Komal Chokshi joined the University of California’s Office of the General Counsel in May 2017 as a member of the litigation group, specifically in the area of medical professional liability. Komal oversees professional liability litigation and claims across the University of California system. Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel, she worked for the San Francisco office of a national law firm, managing medical malpractice suits, handling healthcare regulatory investigations, and counseling healthcare entities. Komal was a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Healthcare Panel, as well as a volunteer arbitrator with the State Bar of California and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She is a double University of California graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis. Komal served a 3-year term on the California Minority Counsel Program Ambassadors Counsel and participated in the creation of the San Francisco Bar Association’s 2015 Goals and Timetables for Minority Hiring, Retention and Advancement. She is a frequent speaker on diversity, inclusion and implicit bias.
Monique D. Jewett-Brewster
Hopkins & Carley
Monique D. Jewett-Brewster is a shareholder with the law firm of Hopkins & Carley in San Jose, and co-chairs the firm’s Financial Institutions and Creditors Rights practice group and Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Monique has two decades of experience representing secured and unsecured creditors in business bankruptcy cases nationwide. She also advocates for her lender clients in the negotiation and documentation of commercial loan workouts and restructurings. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law, Monique served as the 2018-19 Chair of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association (CLA). She is the current Co-Chair of the CLA’s Diversity Outreach Committee, which works to improve diversity in the legal profession through collaborating with diversity stakeholders in mentoring and student outreach.
Jennifer M. Martinez
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Jennifer Martinez is the firm's Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO). As CDEIO, she provides strategic, programmatic, and operational leadership for initiatives that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of the firm. Jennifer works with firm management, practice group leadership, and firm committees to advance such initiatives and leverage best practices and resources across the firm to promote cultural competency and an environment of equity and inclusion. This includes creating and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings and programming, developing and executing diversity hiring, retention, and advancement goals and policies, re-examining the firm's internal policies and practices with an eye towards rooting out unconscious bias, inequity, and microaggressions, empowering attorneys to forge new and stronger relationships with public interest organizations for increased pro bono services related to racial justice and equity, and coordinating the firm's internal and external efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the legal community and in the local communities where our attorneys and staff work and live. Jennifer has also headed Hanson Bridgett's Real Action Calling for Equality (RACE) Task Force since its creation in June 2020 as part of the firm's commitment to re-evaluate and improve its investment in and commitment to justice and equity.
Jennifer still maintains a counseling practice as a partner in Hanson Bridgett's Labor & Employment Practice. She advises employers on a wide variety of employment issues, and specializes in advising startups, early-stage companies, and technology companies. In addition to general advice and counseling, Jennifer handles sensitive harassment and whistleblower investigations, and client trainings.
Brian J. Purtill, Esq.
Law & Mediation Offices of Brian J. Purtill
Brian J. Purtill is currently the Dean at Empire College School of Law in Santa Rosa, CA. He was a civil litigator and counselor at law from 1984 to 2020, handling a variety of cases from insurance defense and plaintiff’s personal injury to business and other interpersonal/family disputes, trust litigation, and construction litigation. The latter part of his practice included the provision of transactional advice as well, primarily in the construction and insurance areas. He has been conducting arbitrations and mediations as a neutral through Arbitration & Mediation Center in Santa Rosa since 1996, which he continues to do today in addition to fulfilling his duties as Dean at Empire since taking that position in August, 2018.
Mr. Purtill has tried and/or litigated cases in all counties from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Oregon border, and has appeared in both the U.S. Federal District Court and the California Court of Appeals. He held several different jobs before deciding on law as a career, has been an associate, partner, sole practitioner and “of counsel” attorney, and has helped to raise three children to adulthood here in Sonoma County. Brian continues to bring this variety of legal and other work/life perspectives to his ongoing service to the legal and lay communities alike.