At Cox, Castle & Nicholson, we believe that individuals with diverse backgrounds enrich our work environment, add value to the legal services we provide, and enhance the overall culture of our firm. The firm is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains policies with regard to hiring and conduct in the workplace to support and reflect the diversity of the communities in which we conduct business and from which we hire. The firm provides an environment of fairness and equitable treatment of everyone, regardless of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting staff and professionals from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
Ownership and Leadership of the Firm
Our commitment to diversity is reflected in the ownership and leadership of the firm which includes women and minorities as well as in the diversity of our employees. In 1987, Cox, Castle & Nicholson was the first Top 50 Los Angeles County law firm to have a Hispanic Managing Partner, who still remains a senior member of our firm’s Executive Committee. The Executive Committee has also included one of the firm’s senior female partners, a woman who has been with the firm her entire legal career and has been a member of the Executive Committee for over 20 years.
Similarly, the firm’s other committees, such as the Professional Development Committee, Diversity Committee, Recruiting Committee, Skills Development Committee, Marketing Committee, and Technology Committee include a mix of men and women, partners and associates, of different races and ethnic backgrounds. Together, we continue to develop new ideas on how to further achieve greater inclusivity and diversity for the entire firm.
The Diversity Committee
Cox, Castle & Nicholson has a Diversity Committee that is tasked with ensuring that our policies, programs, and recruiting efforts include participation by a diverse group of individuals. The Diversity Committee works closely with the Executive Committee, Professional Development Committee and Recruiting Committee to focus on these efforts and to address issues regarding diversity within the firm and in the legal community as a whole. Diversity Committee members also actively participate in various events and fellowships of which the firm is a sponsor and help the firm to actively recruit law students and attorneys from a variety of backgrounds based on race, gender, sexual orientation, geography, and religion through diversity-related groups on law school campuses, minority job fairs, and diversity bar events.
Involvement with Organizations and Community Outreach
Cox, Castle & Nicholson is actively involved in organizations related to the legal industry that support diversity in the legal field, the law schools and the community. The following are a few highlights of our attorneys’ involvement:
- One of our Hispanic partners served as the President of the California Bar Association and created a diversity scholarship fund during his tenure.
- One of our female partners spoke on a panel of accomplished women lawyers discussing overcoming the maternal wall and reaching positions of power and authority, at an event titled, “Up and Over: Effective Ways to Climb the Maternal Wall” sponsored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
- Two of our Asian associates served in leadership roles on the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of Los Angeles County.
- One of our Hispanic partners is involved in UCLA’s Academic Advancement Program (AAP) and sponsors an annual scholarship for students with disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Two of our female partners serve as Executive Committee Members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
- One of our female partners is an active member of and served in a leadership role on the association, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), whose mission is to “influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women.”
- One of our Hispanic partners served as President of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
- One of our female partners spoke at the annual “Women Of Wind Energy Leadership Forum,” sponsored by The Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), whose mission is to “promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy.”
We are proud to be involved with the following organizations and events committed to diversity in the legal profession:
- Alliance "Leaders of Change" Event
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA)
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Law School 101 Day
- Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA)
- APAWLA Annual Installation Dinner
- Berkeley La Raza Law Students Association
- Berkeley Law Cruz Reynoso Fellowship Dinner
- Berkeley Law Foundation
- Berkeley Law Foundation Phoenix Fellowship
- Boalt Hall Women’s Association
- Boalt Hall Women's Association's Herma Hill Kay Foundation: Women Advancing the Law Awards Dinner
- California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship
- Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law (OCCDL) Speed Networking Reception
- UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ)
- UCLA Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA)
- UCLA Law APALJ Annual Symposium
- UCLA Law APILSA & APALJ Alumni Banquet
- UCLA Law Firm Diversity Reception
- USC First Generation Scholarship Program
- USC Latino Law Students Association: Judges and Lawyers Night
- USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate Gala