Committed to

Diversity

Striving for

Equity

Tolerating only

Inclusion

D.E.I. at CMBG3

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us. ~Edward Kennedy

A majority women owned law firm

The Four Pillars Of Our D.E.I. Mission

To us, “diversity”, “inclusion”, and “equity” should never be catch phrases that law firms market on their website, but fail to live up in practice. At CMBG3, we recognize that diverse and inclusive teams create a stronger organization and result in the best results for our clients. One of the core philosophies of our firm is “strength in diversity”, and our vision is to cultivate a culture where all team members – regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or national origin – can have and can see a path to long term success.

We fulfill our commitment in four primary ways:

Education & Training

  • MISSION: Educate all of our team to bring awareness, self-reflection, and a greater capacity for acceptance, change, and inclusion
  • ACTIONS: Guest lecturers on critical D.E.I. topics, an internal library and resource center for further education, unconscious bias training, incorporating D.E.I. practices into fabric of the firm to ensure that policies, procedures, systems, and opportunities are done with equity in mind

Career & Industry

  • MISSION: Ensure that our team and the legal field achieves the diversity that is reflected in society and that career opportunities are afforded to all
  • ACTIONS: We ensure D.E.I. initiatives are built into recruiting, training, hiring, developing employees, engaging with employees, mentoring, and creating promotional pathways. Externally, we support programs that look to provide people of diverse background with opportunities otherwise not afforded to them

Community Impact

  • MISSION: Continuously bring awareness to issues impacting our community and nation, and work to effectuate real change
  • ACTIONS: Working in conjunction with the CMBG3 Cares program to ensure that the firm supports organizations to support the mission, and ensure that our team is given opportunities to volunteer with organizations that support diverse causes

Wellness

  • MISSION: Ensure that the benefits we offer employees are inclusive and account for diverse backgrounds and situations of all of our team
  • ACTIONS: Ensure that the firm’s benefits provide equitable support, including medical, dental, and parental leave; offer varied wellness programs to our team to provide outlets for our team members’ mental and physical health; offer flex time off options for employees’ diverse cultural and religious beliefs, and to enable team members to support D.E.I. related causes that speak to them personally

Our Commitment Goes Beyond Words…

It’s In Our Numbers and Actions

CMBG3 is proud to be a majority women-owned law firm.

%

of our total team are women

%

of our paralegals are women

%

of our attorneys are women

%

of our administrative team are women

Most of our firm’s leadership positions are filled by team members of diverse backgrounds:

  • Managing Partner
  • Director of California offices
  • Supervising Partner of our Irvine, CA office
  • Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Head Paralegal
  • Director of Finance & Accounting
  • Supervisor of Firm’s Administrative Team
  • Chair of D.E.I. Program
  • Head of Employee Development

Recent D.E.I. Initiatives

Jeniffer Carson To Speak On Women In Law Panel

Jeniffer Carson was invited to speak at a Women In Law panel discussion organized by UMass Law that will be held on November 5th, 2021 from 5:30-7:00pm. The event will be a discussion of prominent women in the...

CMBG3 Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor and support of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, CMBG3 made a contribution to the National Breast Cancer Foundation that specifically goes towards providing screenings to women for...

Seta Accaoui Spotlighted In RI Women’s Bar Association Newsletter

We are proud to announce that Seta Accaoui was the spotlighted member in the October 2021 issue of the Rhode Island Women's Bar Association Newsletter. Seta provided tips to women attorneys for working from home during...

CMBG3 Law Supports the Women In Law Workshop

CMBG3 Law's Seta Accaoui will attend DRI's Women In Law Workshop on October 13, 2021. During the workshop, two keynote speakers will address the attendees and speak about their experiences as women in the legal...

CMBG3 Receives Women-Owned Business Certification

CMBG3 Law is proud to announce that it is a certified women-owned business both locally and nationally by the Center for Women & Enterprise, the regional certifier for the Women’s Business Enterprise National...

Jeniffer Carson and Kendra Bergeron Accepted Into The Boston Club

Attorneys Jeniffer Carson and Kendra Bergeron were recently accepted into The Boston Club, New England’s largest, most influential organization of senior executive and professional women. The Boston Club offers members...

David Goldman and Seta Accaoui Near End of Leadership RI Program

After a rigorous application and interview process, CMBG3 attorneys David Goldman and Seta Accaoui, were selected in 2020 to be members of the 2021 Leadership Rhode Island class. They are nearing the end of the...

CMBG3 Honors Memorial Day In Several Ways

In order to honor our veterans, give back to veterans and their families in need, and to bring awareness to the CMBG3 team about the mental health issues that our returning soldiers face, the CMBG3 Cares group (which...

Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, which recognizes the significant accomplishments and contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to our rich history, diversity and culture....

Christine Calareso To Speak At Women In Law Event

Christine Calareso was selected by the Boston University Women In Law club to speak on April 22, 2021 to women about life as a lawyer, challenges faced by women in the legal world, and how Attorney Calareso overcame...

D.E.I. Committee

Seta Accaoui

Seta Accaoui

Chair of CMBG3 D.E.I. Program

Christine Calareso

Christine Calareso

Partner & Director of California Offices

Amaran Toppa

Amaran Toppa

Director of Client Relations & Development

John Gardella

John Gardella

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Bryna Misiura

Bryna Misiura

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