As a law firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we at Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick, LLP (“LPS”) firmly believe our firm must reflect the diverse community we serve, and we strive to further diversify our team and foster advancement for traditionally marginalized groups in the legal community and among those we represent. We pride ourselves on our attorneys and staff of exceptional credentials and diverse backgrounds as the foundation to provide excellent service for our clients.
Our Diversity Committee1 is committed to incorporating our core values as a firm to create a more diverse and welcome environment both in our firm and in the legal profession. We will work within the LPS organization and with our partners in the Bay Area (and beyond) to expand on what we do best:
- ADVOCATE for the underrepresented sectors;
- EDUCATE those around us about microaggressions, systemic and inherent biases, and the potential for change;
- COLLABORATE with our local partners championing diversity causes; and
- DEDICATE our human and financial capital to those same causes.
As we move forward, we will incorporate these principles not only into our hiring process, but also into our mentoring, charitable giving, and firm culture. We do this for the strength of our firm, our community, and to better serve our clients.
LPS provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state or local law.
1 The Diversity Committee was established by unanimous vote of a 2020 amendment to LPS’s charter document – the firm’s Partnership Agreement. The Committee is constituted of five members, including at least one but no more than two from the following categories: administrative staff, non-partner attorneys, members of the partnership.
The Homeless Prenatal Program
The Homeless Prenatal Program is a nationally-recognized family resource center in San Francisco providing services to more than 3,500 low-income and homeless families annually, including:
- Perinatal services to promote healthy pregnancies, births and bonding;
- Housing support including education, resources and limited rental assistance;
- Job training, financial education and other resources to encourage family stability and self-sufficiency.
The American Indian College Fund
Through which seventy-two cents of each donated dollar goes directly to scholarships, programs, and public education.
The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco
The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) advances fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession.
San Francisco Destination Law School
Which operates under the umbrella of BASF’s Justice & Diversity Center.
Past Recipients Include
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Founded in San Francisco in 1981 to celebrate the African American experience, LHT recently launched its Fund for New Black Voices.
The California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund
Working to provide devices, connectivity, and related digital learning supports for PK-12 students, teachers, and their families.
Oakland Black Business Fund
The Oakland Black Business Fund (OBBF) is a Black-led investment platform, providing capital, technical assistance, and growth strategy to Black-owned businesses.