Diversity

Diversity

RMKB proudly sponsored SMCBA's "2014 Law Day"
RMKB proudly sponsored the San Mateo County Bar Association’s “2014 Law Day” celebrating the impressive accomplishments of Bay Area high schools in this year’s Mock Trial competition.  Congratulations to Menlo School which took first place in San Mateo County,  was the California State Mock Trial Champion, and recently took 4th place in the Mock Trial Nationals in Madison, Wisconsin! (Photo of Menlo School Mock Trial Team Members with California Court of Appeal Justice Miguel Marquez: All Rights Reserved - Tom Jung/San Mateo Daily Journal)
RMKB’s Commitment To Diversity 

 

Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley congratulates the San Mateo County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee as the 2013 recipient of the State Bar of California’s Diversity Award in recognition of sustained accomplishments and continued work to promote diversity within the legal profession.

The award will be presented to the SMCBA Diversity Committee on Saturday, October 12, 2013, as part of the State Bar’s Annual Meeting at the Hotel Marriott in  San Jose.

The SMCBA Diversity Committee was co-founded by RMKB partners Kristina Chung and Enrique Marinez whose initial proposals were endorsed by then-SMCBA Bar President Nancy de Ita, leading to its creation.  Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley promotes a diverse, inclusive work environment, understanding that diversity creates a productive workplace, is a social responsibility, and creates value for its clients who appreciate and expect their legal team to reflect the diversity of their own organizations and communities.  Well before many law firms in the Bay Area began instituting formal “diversity” programs, RMKB implemented internal employment practices demonstrating its commitment to diversity within the firm and within the legal profession.

Today, RMKB offers a wide range of support – both in volunteer time and financial resources – to help increase an awareness of diversity-related concerns and find ways of accomplishing its diversity-related goals.

 Within The Community

  • The SMCBA presented its Diversity Award to Kristina Chung, Gemma Mondala and Brock Lyle (left photos) in recognition of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley's attorneys contribution to the creation of the SMCBA Diversity Committee and ultimately winning the 2013 State Bar of California's Diversity Award.

  • RMKB was the catalyst for the formation of a formal diversity program in San Mateo County and continues to work closely with the San Mateo County Bar Association to foster and encourage diversity related programs.

  • RMKB has been honored to sponsor an annual holiday celebration for the students at St. Elizabeth Seton School in East Palo Alto for almost two decades.  The mission of St. Elizabeth Seton School, a Vincentian Catholic School, is to educate kindergarten through eighth grade students from the multi-cultural and economically diverse populations of East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and the surrounding communities.

  • Knowledge is Power:  RMKB donated dictionaries to the students of Cesar Chavez Elementary School, grades third through fifth.  Enrique Marinez spoke to the students emphasizing the importance of knowledge in the student’s life and future careers.

 RMKB proudly supports other diversity related causes:  

  • Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
  • Food Bank Society of Los Angeles
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Diversity Program

 Our attorneys belong to the following organizations:

  • Asian-American Bar Association of the Great Bay Area
  • Iranian-American Bar
  • Japanese-American Bar
  • Korean-American Bar Association of Northern California
  • Law Society of Hong Kong
Within RMKB:
  • RMKB maintains a mentorship program for its associates.
  • RMKB provides funding for and supports attorney participation in local and national organizations seeking to promote and encourage diversity within the legal profession.
  • RMKB provides flex-time schedules and part time employment for attorneys at both the partner and associate level.
 
For additional information about RMKB’s continuing commitment to diversity, please feel free to contact any member of RMKB’s Diversity Committee:

Richard Wilson
Partner
Redwood City

Enrique Marinez - Co-Chair
Partner
Redwood City
 
Kristina H. Chung-Co-Chair
Partner
Redwood City
 

John Koeppel
Of Counsel
San Francisco
 
Dennis Ward
Partner
San Jose

Darcy Diaz
Chief Administrative Officer
Redwood City

 

Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley offers equal opportunity in employment and advancement for all qualified persons without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other factor prohibited by local, state, and federal law.