Recent Events

In May of 2013, the San Francisco Office had a full table of MLA attorneys and their guests attend this year’s National Center for Lesbian Rights (“NCLR”) Annual Dinner Celebration at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco.  The event was highlighted by Executive Director Kate Kendell’s discussion of the LGBT year in review, and by honorees Civil Rights Attorney Shannon Minter and advocate Jennifer Tobits.  NCLR was founded in 1977, and has been at the cutting edge of LGBT litigation for decades.  NCLR is committed to advancing the civil rights of LGBT people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.  MLA was proudly represented at the dinner by attorneys Deborah Cote , Andrea Casalett , Paul Bird , Jennifer Renk , Jennifer Lee , and Rebecca Woodson.

In April of 2013, the Atlanta office of MLA hosted 30 students from Grady High School as part of our continued partnership with the Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program.  Following contract and cyberbullying classes taught by MLA attorneys in late March and early April, students were given the opportunity to visit the firm for a day of career networking with MLA attorneys and staff.

On April 22 of 2013, the American Indian College Fund approved Jeffrey Fillerup's appointment to a 3-year term on its Board of Trustees.   College Fund is a 501(c)(3) that provides post-high school scholarships and assistance to Native American students.

In February of 2013, the firm sponsored a table at the Japanese American Bar Association’s (JABA) 2013 Installation Dinner.   Michelle Sugihara was inducted as a JABA Board Member.  Other attendees included Karen Hallock, Jennifer Seigle, Keith Byers , Agustin Orozco , Duane Oshita, Judy Choi , Julie Inouye, and MLA alumnus Andrew Yamamoto and his wife, Magda Yamamoto.  Featured speakers included U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, Alternate Public Defender Janice Fukai, and actor/activist George Takei.  Senator Hirono, who represents Hawaii, is the first Asian Pacific American female U.S. Senator.

In February of 2013, The Los Angeles office celebrated the Chinese (Lunar) New Year during its monthly Happy Hour.  According to the Chinese zodiac, 2013 is the Year of the Snake.  The Diversity Committee displayed a poster and pamphlet about the Lunar New Year calendar that allowed everyone to determine their Chinese zodiac sign, which is based on the year of birth.  The Committee distributed lucky candy and a few red envelopes which, in Chinese tradition, is customarily given for luck to children and young adults who are not married.

In February of 2013, the Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco offices celebrated Black History Month.  At the Atlanta all- attorney luncheon, Michael Thurmond, a former Georgia Commissioner of Labor and the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Athens, presented a history lesson based on his book, Freedom: An African-American History of Georgia, 1733-1865. The book chronicles anti-slavery efforts in our state from the early 18th century until the end of the Civil War.  Several partners commented that Mr. Thurmond was one of our best speakers.  The soul food luncheon was catered by Sweet Potato Café, an African American-owned restaurant.

In January of 2013, Charlotte Combre participated in the Georgia Diversity Council’s  Young Women’s Leadership Symposium. The event brought together 8th grade girls from Brown and Kennedy Middle Schools in Atlanta to hear from a variety of women about their careers and education required for such careers.   The teachers said the students were very excited to have had the opportunity to meet successful women and learn so much from them.  The girls were still talking about the trip a week later.

"One of McKenna Long & Aldridge's finest attributes is its active support of and commitment to diversity. The role of diversity at this firm includes a celebration of culture, gender and orientation as well as a keen interest in advancing the legal careers of under represented groups in this profession. I continue to find that McKenna's support of diversity has created a fantastic work environment which is both exemplary and commendable."

Deborah Cote
Associate - Litigation
San Francisco, CA