ABOUT OUR FIRM’S DIVERSITY
Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC is a women-owned law firm. Long before the creation of the Firm, our attorneys have been committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and beyond. That commitment drives our core values today, and makes us different.
The Firm supports a wide variety of female and minority legal associations, and our attorneys have been featured speakers and presenters on many topics aimed at the promotion of diversity.
As a women-owned law firm, we don’t just have women on our teams, the majority of our teams are led by women. That changes the landscape. It changes the landscape when the Company’s lead trial lawyer is a woman in a plant exposure case where everyone else in the courtroom, except for some jurors, the surviving spouse and the court reporter, is male. It changes the landscape when the cross examination of a sympathetic witness is conducted by a female, and not just because it needs to be handled sensitively, but because crucial causation testimony also needs to be elicited from that witness. It changes the landscape with respect to judges who can be difficult. Juries are impressed with what capable female lawyers can do in the courtroom, and juries pay attention to the women, in part because they are used to being taught by us—and, we’re a bit of an oddity! Many companies are missing the opportunity that a litigation team led by women provides.
Darleene Peters Co-Chairperson for the National Diversity Council’s Louisiana Women in Leadership Symposium
In 2016, Darleene served as a Co-Chairperson for the NDC’s Louisiana Women in Leadership Symposium.
Darleene Peters Facilitator for the National Diversity Council’s LA Chapter’s 1st “Best Practices” Meeting
In 2015, Darleene served as the Facilitator for the NDC’s LA Chapter’s first “Best Practices” meeting.
Darleene Peters Speaker for the Corporate Counsel Women of Color’s (CCWC) Pipeline Development Program
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 […]
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.”
Michele Hale DeShazo published her article, “You Want to Go to Law School? The Decline in Women’s Enrollment and What That Means for Law Firms” in DRI’s The Voice on April 18, 2012.
Janika Polk spoke at Louisiana’s 3rd Annual Women’s Conference.
Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC is pleased to have been admitted into the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).