May/June 2008

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage
Month (May) & Gay/Lesbian Pride Month (June)

CMCP's CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD,
SAN FRANCISCO CITY ATTORNEY DENNIS HERRERA,
PLAYS LEAD ROLE IN SUPREME COURT
VICTORY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis HerreraIn the wake of the California Supreme Court's recent decision finding the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional (pdf), we want to acknowledge the leadership of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, CMCP's new Chairman of the Board. Working diligently, and often behind the scenes, Mr. Herrera played a leading role in last week's historic decision upholding individuals' rights to same-sex marriage.

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THE SCIENCE OF RAINMAKING:
PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR DIVERSE ATTORNEYS

The California Minority Corporate Counsel Program has hosted the Corporate Connections business development program over the last decade with the purpose of facilitating relationships between corporations and public institutions seeking to advance diversity and diverse attorneys at both small and large law firms. Anecdotal evidence has suggested that the program has been successful for some attorneys. What factors lead to success? What does the firm hiring process involve? What specific steps are necessary in leading to positive outcomes? What are the pitfalls to avoid? James Potter, General Counsel of Del Monte, and Tina Paikeday Shah, Principal of Talent Advisory Board, will be directing a research study entitled, "The Science of Rainmaking: Practical Tools for Diverse Attorneys."

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

CMCP Seeks Director of Program

Approaching its 20th year in service, the California Minority Counsel Program ("CMCP') is in an exciting period of growth seeks to expand offered services to its members. The Director of Programs is responsible for the achievement of CMCP's programmatic objectives set by Executive Director and Board. As such, s/he will oversee and facilitate the provision of programming for the CMCP membership in each targeted region of Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley Los Angeles and San Diego. This position reports to the Executive Director. Deadline is June 13th 2008. Rolling interviews will be conducted. Full listing >

CMCP MEMBER NEWS

Do you have significant career accomplishments; new firm, law department, public agency or corporate diversity practice initiatives or news; or job announcements about which you would like the CMCP membership to know? Please send us your news to cmcp@cmcp.org with the subject heading "MEMBER NEWS".

DIVERSITY CALENDAR

JUNE

San Francisco Bar Association - Minority Summer Associates Reception, San Francisco, 6/12.

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SAVE THE DATE

CMCP's 19th Annual Business Conference
San Francisco, CA
October 16-17, 2008
Hotel Nikko

ASIAN PACIFIC
AMERICANS & THE LAW

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

 

Asian-American Firsts

George Ryoichi Ariyoshi (1974) First Asian-American to obtain a Governorship (Hawaii). He served until 1986.

Joy Cherian (1987) First Asian-American appointed to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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CMCP SUCCESS STORIES - SPOTLIGHT ON:
RICHARD AMADOR - SANCHEZ & AMADOR, LLP

Richard Amador
Richard Amador
Founding Partner
Sanchez & Amador, LLP

Often we assume that the best trial lawyers are only found at the largest law firms. Not so. Richard Amador, founding partner of Sanchez & Amador, LLP, has been recognized by GC California as a "hidden gem" among Top Employment Lawyers in California, based on a state-wide survey of in-house counsel.

A judge before whom Richard successfully tried a case called him "one of the finest trial lawyers in the legal profession... His reputation for honesty and integrity is impeccable." One of Richard's long-time corporate clients, noting Richard's "gravitas when dealing with our internal clients," praised his judgment and litigation skill. "He does not equivocate. If he thinks he can get summary judgment in a case, he'll tell you instead of saying that it 'might' be possible." Sanchez & Amador received the CMCP Outstanding Client Service Award for "superior client service, as demonstrated by positive results obtained on behalf of clients and client comments, which included 'strategic,' 'responsive,' 'cost-efficient,' 'timely,' and 'great results.'" And for the past two years, Law & Politics Magazine has recognized Richard as one of the top 5% of Southern California employment attorneys. So, what is the secret to Richard's success?

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