USLAW expands Diversity Council


As part of USLAW NETWORK’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, USLAW expands the membership of the USLAW NETWORK Diversity Council to include more than a dozen USLAW member attorneys and legal decision-makers from across an array of industries.

“We are excited to expand the diversity council by adding more voices and perspectives from USLAW member attorneys and our friends in the client community, all of whom directly reflect the communities and constituencies we serve across the NETWORK,” said Noble F. Allen, chair of the USLAW NETWORK Diversity Council from Hinckley Allen in Connecticut.

The USLAW Diversity Council leads the way in helping the NETWORK address the important issues of diversity and inclusion as they relate to its member firms, practice groups and clients. The Council provides a forum within USLAW that allows our stakeholders to collaborate and exchange best practices in matters relating to recruitment, hiring and retention of diverse attorneys and staff, and to help facilitate a diverse and inclusive culture within USLAW. The Diversity Council also helps facilitate the USLAW NETWORK Foundation Law School Diversity Scholarship process.


The USLAW NETWORK Diversity Council includes the following individuals.

USLAW NETWORK Diversity Council Leadership

  • Chair – Noble F. Allen, Hinckley Allen (Hartford, CT)
  • Steering Committee Leader – Sheryl J. Willert, Williams Kastner (Seattle, WA)
  • Steering Committee Leader – Merton A. Howard, Hanson Bridgett LLP (San Francisco, CA)
  • Steering Committee Leader – Earl W. Houston II, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston (Memphis, TN)
  • Board Liaison – Michael C. Tyson, Wicker Smith (Orlando, FL)

 USLAW NETWORK Diversity Council Members

  • Patricia Bonilla – Lunacon Construction Group, President and CEO
  • Oscar J. Cabanas – Wicker Smith (Miami, FL)
  • Thomas DeMatteo – ABC Companies, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
  • Keely E. Duke – Duke Evett, PLLC (Boise, ID)
  • Carmen Hernandez – Clayco, Executive Vice President, General Counsel
  • Amanda Pennington Ketchum – Dysart Taylor (Kansas City, MO)
  • Dan L. Longo – Murchison & Cumming LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Chris Martin – Great American Custom Insurance Services, Inc.-GACIS, Divisional Assistant Vice President, Errors & Omissions
  • Jennifer Martinez – Hanson Bridgett LLP (San Francisco, CA)
  • Arleen Milian – Murchison & Cumming LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Neil V. Mody – Connell Foley LLP (Roseland, NJ)
  • Bernice Nash – Helena-Agri Enterprises, Senior Insurance Claims Specialist
  • Candice Pinares-Baez – Hard Rock, Vice President of Business Affairs
  • Nicholas A. Rauch – Larson ● King LLP (St. Paul, MN)
  • Larry A. Schechtman – Amundsen Davis LLC (Chicago, IL)
  • Kenneth B. Wingate – Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow (Columbia, SC)

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