Kuchler Polk Weiner, along with 18 other leading private law firms, is joining ACLU of Louisiana’s initiative to challenge racially discriminatory policing practices. The litigation campaign, Justice Lab: Putting Racist Policing on Trial, plans “to bring up to 1,000 cases in Louisiana challenging racially-motivated stops and seizures under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and any other applicable laws.” The firm is honored to support this effort.
On June 20, 2020, Kuchler Polk Weiner attorneys and staff members participated in the Children’s March for Racial Justice, hosted by the ACLU of Louisiana. The firm was a co-sponsor of the event, the goal of which was to “provide a safe space for young people to learn about the Black Lives Matter Movement; develop the skills to identify and interrupt racism in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities; and make their voices heard about the future they want to build.”
Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women (LAW) hosted the Second Annual Global Day of Service on September 26, 2019, which focuses on servicing organizations who support the well-being of women and girls. The LAW Global Day of Service is part of Ford Global Caring Month, a signature worldwide event of the Ford Volunteer Corps in 34 countries during the month of September. As part of Ford’s Global Day of Service, Kuchler Polk attorney Kennard Davis, served dinner to approximately 85 residents of The Covenant House New Orleans. The Covenant House New Orleans is a shelter for homeless, trafficked, and at risk youth. The Covenant House provides food, shelter, medical care, clothing, counseling, assistance programs, vocational and job training, educational assistance, as well as many other life skills and training to help the youth rebuild their lives.
For the second year in a row, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC has been recognized by NOLA.com and The Times Picayune as one of New Orleans’ 50 best employers. This award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party anonymous survey, and measures several aspects of workplace culture, including leadership, training, benefits, execution, and connection.
A group of KPW attorneys and staff attended the awards ceremony on Tuesday, August 27th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where Senior Counsel Dreda Smith accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.
You can view the entire list of the 50 employers in the New Orleans area who received the Top Workplaces honor here.
Dreda Smith was recognized as a finalist for The Frank L. Maraist Award by the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel at the organization’s annual LADC Young Lawyers Awards and Board Dinner. The Frank Maraist Award, named after former Louisiana State University Law Center Professor Frank L. Maraist, recognizes a young lawyer who demonstrates professional excellence, service and commitment to pro bono work and community service, and contributes to furthering the ideals of the legal profession. Congratulations Dreda!
The American Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee featured Deb Kuchler in its Spring 2019 newsletter. The article, Road to Rainmaking, focuses on women who have blazed their own path and shares how others can learn from their success. The article also discusses the role of NAMWOLF and its influence on the firm, and has been distributed nationally to the thousands of members of the ABA Section of Litigation.
The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is a non-profit law office that provides juvenile defense for New Orleans area children, representation for Louisiana children facing or serving life without parole, advocates for policies that reduce the number of children in the justice system, and seeks better alternatives to arrest and incarceration. On March 28, 2019, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC sponsored Celebration for Children’s Rights, an annual event benefiting the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. This year’s program included a personal account of LCCR’s success of representing Louisiana children convicted of life without parole and highlighted other LCCR success stories. LCCR began a new tradition by presenting its first Pascal Calogero Champion of Justice Award, an annual award recognizing an individual or organization that is positively impacting the lives of children in the justice system.
KPW is honored to support and sponsor such an exceptional cause.
Associate Kennard Davis participated in the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Society and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s High School Law Day on Friday, February 22, 2019. Kennard served as a panelist for over 60 high school students from Warren Eastern Senior High School. This event took place at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, with the focus of fostering local high school students to attend law school.
Dawn Tezino, Skyler Rudin, and Marcus Hunter attended the 2019 National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Driving Diversity and Leadership Conference in New Orleans. The four-day conference was filled with fantastic networking events and programs aimed at helping its members with career development. NAMWOLF supports KPW’s vision by promoting diversity in the legal profession while helping to achieve equity in legal opportunities for women-owned firms.