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.
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.
Kuchler Polk Weiner is pleased to announce that founding partner Janika Polk was recognized as the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society “Member of the Month.” The New Orleans Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. was “established to encourage the interchange of ideas, promote legal scholarship, advance the science of jurisprudence, promote the administration of justice, uphold the order and ethics of the courts and the profession of law and promote the welfare of the legal profession in Louisiana.”
The Louis A Martinet Legal Society’s spotlight on Janika recognizes her commitment to diversity in the legal profession as well as a recent trial victory. The spotlight concludes, “Ms. Polk and her firm help forge a better profession that ensures that diversity of the trial bar is inevitable.” Read the rest of the story here.
Darleene Peters and Skylar Rudin attended the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo, held in New York City, September 17-20, 2017.
The NAMWOLF meeting didn’t disappoint! Darleene and Skylar were able to participate in informal networking activities, such as a scavenger hunt throughout the City that Skylar helped organize. The event was hosted by the Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI), on which our very own Skylar serves as a member of the ELI Board and as the Co-Chair of the Networking/Business Development Committee. She also received recognition for her efforts during the General Session of the Annual Meeting.
Darleene was a first-time attendee at the meeting and participated in the First Time Attendee Orientation where she learned more about NAMWOLF, met the NAMWOLF Team, and other colleagues. She also attended the Law Firm Cross Marketing Session on Trust and Relationship-Building and engaged in interactive exercises with other attendees to learn the importance of connections and trust in building your professional network.
All of the sessions and receptions provided opportunities to enlighten, network, and engage all attendees. Another highlight of the meeting was the Law Firm Expo, which allowed attorneys from various practice settings and locations the opportunity to further network with in-house counsel, various legal association members, and other attorneys in private practice, in an effort to assist with building their professional networks and practices.
KPW is proud to be a NAMWOLF Member with legal expertise in several practice areas, and is one of three Louisiana Law Firm NAMWOLF Members.
In 2016, Darleene served as a Co-Chairperson for the NDC’s Louisiana Women in Leadership Symposium.
In 2015, Darleene served as the Facilitator for the NDC’s LA Chapter’s first “Best Practices” meeting.
Darleene served as a speaker for the Corporate Counsel Women of Color’s (CCWC) Pipeline Development program. In 2015, she spoke on the topic of “My Life as a Lawyer—Strengthening the Pipeline of Future Lawyers” at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA.
Michele Hale DeShazo spoke on a panel at the Louisiana Diversity Council’s Fifth Annual Louisiana Women’s Conference. This is Ms. DeShazo’s 2nd year participating in this conference.
The Louisiana Diversity Council’s mission is to enhance appreciation for and understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion. We will achieve success through the efforts and activities which:
On May 2, 2013, Michele Hale DeShazo spoke on a panel at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s CLE program, Superwomen: Female Attorneys Can Run the World.
In 2012, Darleene was a speaker at the NDC’s 4th Annual Women’s Conference on the topics of “Managing Career Risk – Time and Sacrifice” and “Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century.”