CMCP 2016

Recognition and Awards

October 21, 2016

Honoring the CMCP Diversity Leader Hall of Fame 2016 Members

A tradition of honoring key individuals who are CMCP diversity leaders, past & present…

CMCP’s 25-year history is the story of good people doing great things, of leadership in action, of passion for & commitment to CMCP’s mission, and of meaningful & sustained involvement in CMCP.


While these individuals come from across CMCP’s geography & constituent groups and reflect the wide variety of ways in which people contribute to CMCP, their common bonds are:

  • sustained long-term active involvement in CMCP
  • belief in the importance of CMCP as a primary diversity organization
  • participation in CMCP in multiple ways, and
  • active promotion of & support for CMCP

Join us in applauding the 2016 CMCP Diversity Leader Hall of Fame Members

William W. Funderburk, Jr.

Garner K. Weng


2016 CMCP Corporate & Law Firm Awards


Awards Overview

The California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) promotes and sustains diversity and inclusion in California’s legal profession by providing attorneys of color with access and opportunity for business and professional development. CMCP has a long-standing tradition of honoring our member organizations whose actions reflect sustained dedication to CMCP’s mission. The 3 awards described below, given annually, are just one of the ways in which CMCP honors these organizations.


Nominations and Award Determination

Nominations must be submitted to CMCP no later than September 1, 2016. CMCP will notify award recipients by September 15, 2016. Awards will be presented at the 2016 Annual Business Conference Recognition Luncheon on October 21, 2016.


Awards and Criteria

John Essex and Guy Rounsaville In-House Counsel Diversity Award:
Awarded to the CMCP corporate or public agency member that has demonstrated the strongest commitment to diversity & inclusion.  This award is based on the organization’s:

  • Support of & participation in CMCP
  • Strong record of hiring diverse outside counsel
  • Number & percent of all minority attorneys within the law department, and in management & other leadership roles
  • Overall organization culture that values diversity & inclusion, and gives back to the community
Submit Nomination for In-House Counsel Diversity Award

Drucilla Stender Ramey Majority-Owned Law Firm Award:
Awarded to the CMCP majority-owned law firm member that has demonstrated the strongest commitment to diversity & inclusion.  This award is based on the law firm’s:

  • Support of & participation in CMCP
  • Number & percent of all minority attorneys within the firm
  • Number & percent of minority attorneys in partnership, management & other leadership roles
  • Overall law firm culture that values diversity & inclusion, and gives back to the community
Submit Nomination for Majority-Owned Law Firm Award

Minority-Owned Law Firm Client Service Award:
Awarded to the CMCP minority-owned law firm that has best demonstrated outstanding client service. This award is based on the law firm’s:

  • Superior service geared to specific client needs
  • Clear understanding of its client’s business goals
  • Pro-active engagement with the client, & ability to advise on clearly risks & rewards
  • Positive results that serve the client’s best interest
Submit Nomination for Law Firm Client Service Award

Past Award Winners

John Essex & Guy Rounsaville
In-House Counsel Diversity Award:

AT&T

Bank of America

Chevron

Clorox Company

Del Monte Corporation

Gap Inc.

Hewlett-Packard Company

Hilton Hotels Corporation

Hughes Electronics

Intel Corporation

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

PG&E Corporation

Sempra Energy

Southern California Edison

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

Times Warner Company

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Wells Fargo Bank

The Drucilla Stender Ramey
Majority-Owned Law Firm Award:

Alschuler, Grossman, Stein & Kahan LLP

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC

Crowell & Moring LLP

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Foley & Lardner LLP

Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy LLP

Littler Mendelson PC

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Sedgwick LLP

Thelen Reid & Priest LLP

Minority Owned Law Firm
Client Services Award:

Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt

Lafayette & Kumagai

Lee, Tran & Liang LLP

Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP

Martin & Martin, LLP

Rosales Law Partners LLP

Sanchez & Amador LLP

Shimokaji & Associates

Silicon Counsel

Villarreal Hutner PC

Willenken Wilson Loh & Lieb LLP

Wong Fleming