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.
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 […]
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 […]
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).