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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! Skylar was able to participate in informal networking activities, such as a scavenger hunt throughout the City that she helped organize. The […]
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.
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).