The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its diversity of people and culture. It's no different with lawyers -- the Minority Bar Coalition of the Greater Bay Area spans a network of more than 25 bar associations organized by race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin and sexual orientation.
The coalition is dedicated to working together to advance the cause of diversity in the legal profession, and on Nov. 14 it presented its Unity Awards at UC-Hastings to representatives who've helped advance that goal.
This year the awards went to Billy Chan (Asian American Bar Association), Fairuz Abdullah (Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers), Timothy Cahn (Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom), Stuart Plunkett (Bar Association of San Francisco), Candice Petty (Black Women Lawyers of Northern California), Gordon Greenwood (California Association of Black Lawyers), Jason Clay (Charles Houston Bar Association), Nicole Harris (California Minority Counsel Program), Ruben Sundeen (East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association), Genevieve Dong (Filipino Bar Association of Northern California), Nahal Iravani-Sani (Iranian American Bar Association), Kristina Chung (Korean American Bar Association), Judge Angela Bradstreet (Queen's Bench), Mica Estremera (San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association), Sharon Godbolt (Santa Clara County Black Lawyers), Eugene Flemate (La Raza Lawyers of Santa Clara County), Miruni Soosaipillai (South Asian Bar Association), Thanh Ngo (Vietnamese American Bar Association), Tara Flanagan (Women Lawyers of Alameda County)
Click on picture for larger image. Left to right: Soosaipillai, coalition co-chair Vidhya Prabhakaran (kneeling), Petty, Chung, Plunkett (kneeling), Godbolt, coalition co-chair Yuval Miller, Bradstreet, coalition representative Demetrius Shelton, Harris (and son), Ngo, Abdullah, Clay, Iravani-Sani, Sundeen, Dong, Cahn, Flanagan and coalition co-chair Ann Nguyen.