by André Campbell
What were you doing back in 1990? Jamming to music by Paula Abdul and Taylor Dayne? Rushing home to catch the latest episode of Beverly Hills, 90210? Looking in the mirror and admiring your mullet? In Sacramento, a group of forward-thinking lawyers were forming the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Diversity and Hiring Committee to promote diversity in Sacramento area law firms. Fast-forward 25 years, and scores of former Summer Fellows and law firm representatives gathered on September 25th for an evening of fun celebrating the Fellowship Committee’s 25th anniversary.
Attendees at the 25th Anniversary Dinner spanned the life of the Fellowship Program. They included Administrative Law Judge Larry Duran and attorney Jeri Paik, who were instrumental in establishing the Fellowship Program 25 years ago. At the other end of the spectrum were Alexandra Johnson and Joel Guerra, two members of the most recent Summer Fellowship Class of 2015, and the first Summer Fellows to go through the program while engaged to each other!
The evening’s festivities included remarks by Mistress of Ceremonies Pamela Wu and SCBA President Angela Lai, announcement of the Fellowship Program being awarded the 2015 State Bar Diversity Award, and a tribute by Fellowship Committee co-chair Sophia Kwan to Linda Partmann, who served as co-chair of the Fellowship Committee for 11 years. The high point of the evening was the keynote address by The Honorable Troy L. Nunley, United States District Judge. Judge Nunley delivered a powerful and thought-provoking speech about the positive impact diversity has in enriching education and our lives in general.
A good time was had by all, and plans are already underway for the 30th Anniversary Dinner in 2020!