Our firm was founded with the goal to create a culture that reflects the communities we serve. We openly welcome people of all genders, gender identities, ages, nationalities, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs because we know our different perspectives cultivate different ideas. The bottom line is this – we are determined to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels at home.
“We are not monolithic. We are a group of individuals who seek out your uniqueness and feel comfortable sharing our own.”Dee Dee Roulhac, Director of People & Culture
Simply put, the diversity at F3 enriches our ability to create better solutions. Each situation we address is unique and the backgrounds we share that align with the issues that impact our clients makes us stronger, more compassionate, and more effective in our service to clients, and one another.
By the Numbers
We strive to reflect the diversity of California’s 6 million students, a group who creates a stunning tapestry of race, religion, political and religious orientations. We follow the vision of equity and inclusion that our public education system strives to model by cultivating and maintaining a culture that embraces, respects, and celebrates differences.
Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is a goal shared collectively throughout the firm and led us to create the F3 Law Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
- Howard J. Fulfrost
- M. Alejandra León
- Deetra Roulhac
- Rikesha Lane
- Madisyn L. Ukrainetz
- Mary Breffle
- Luis Lopez
- Melendy Butler
- Rochelle Broderick
This team is composed of employees committed to connecting our community with opportunities for growth – through evaluation, education, and support.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access
Creating a culture of inclusion and diversity is the right thing to do. By embracing diversity and inclusion, we bring together different perspectives, experiences, and ideas, which leads to more innovative and creative solutions for our clients
– Namita Brown, Managing Partner
Our Mission Statement
Dedicated to serving public education, F3 Law strives to reflect the rich diversity of the students and employees in California’s public schools. Like the agencies that we serve, we embrace a culture that welcomes, respects, and celebrates our differences. We recognize that our firm, its clients, and the community are enriched when we cultivate, maintain, and elevate lawyers and staff of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Our individual differences encourage the free exchange of thoughts and ideas that strengthen us and make us more mindful, innovative, compassionate, and effective when meeting the challenges of the agencies with which we work. Promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture, F3 Law creates opportunities for both lawyers and staff to find success regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
There’s Always Room to Grow
Because there is no finish line to diversity, there is always room to grow. And we may never achieve our own diversity goals because we keep moving the line as we’re committed to be a constantly evolving law firm where talented, and often underrepresented individuals, can chart their pathway to success.
Just a few examples of our current initiatives, include:
Investing in the Legal Profession
We strongly support lawyer membership in organizations that support and promote diversity. We provide annual professional development allowances to lawyers to support their affiliation with and support of groups that celebrate diversity, including:
- Women in Business;
- African American Association of Lawyers;
- California Association African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), of which the firm is also a principal co-sponsor;
- National African American Association Human Resources Professionals (NAAAHR); and
- California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA).
Investing in Public Education
We invest resources in education professionals’ diversity initiatives, such as;
- Hosting a networking opportunity and dinner for LGBTQ superintendents at the annual ACSA Superintendents Symposium in California;
- Supporting the regular meetings of the LGBTQ California School Administrators; and
- Creating and delivering professional development for the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators and California’s African American School Administrators to invest in education leadership diversity;
- Delivery of professional development workshops on important diversity topics, such as;
- Title IX
- Title IX and Athletics
- Gender Identity
- Section 504 and Related Issues
- Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
Our commitment to diversity is also apparent in our hiring initiatives. F3 Law actively recruits talented people who possess a diverse set of skills, backgrounds and experiences to match our diverse clientele and the communities they serve. Our Human Resources team has systems in place to eliminate bias in sourcing applicants, and provides ongoing training to hiring managers to spot bias in the recruitment screening. The team ensures a diverse slate of candidates are interviewed and considered for selection at every turn. We also partner with affinity bar associations and dozens of law school student associations to identify and hire diverse lateral lawyers that reflect the range of cultural, ethnic and social interests of our education law clients and our firm.
Over the past decade, F3 Law has gifted over $125,000 to students and education institutions through scholarships. These scholarships are offered in collaboration with education associations, including the California School Boards Association, California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, California Association of African American School Administrators and the Association of California School Administrators. Themes include diversity, character, environmental protection, and the celebration of fine art.