Diversity

For nearly 70 years, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite has thrived in the Southwest and Mountain Region. As the region has grown, so too has the diversity of its population. RCA recognizes that law firms, like businesses, are strengthened by diverse views, histories and backgrounds. Understanding issues from different perspectives allows our legal professionals to provide valuable counsel and solutions for our clients. RCA is committed to hiring and promoting exceptional professionals without regard to gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion.

At RCA, the commitment to diversity is more than mere rhetoric. In fact, our firm's leadership reflects this. Our diverse group of lawyers serves on our firm's Executive Committee, as practice group leaders, and in other leadership roles including our Diversity Committee. Jessica Benford and Sheela Stack co-chair the firm's Diversity Committee and lead the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts. Under their leadership, we have set aggressive goals for the firm's continuous improvement. This includes recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest professionals, from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

An example of the firm's commitment to diversity in the legal community is our ongoing sponsorship and participation in the Diversity Legal Writing Program sponsored by the Maricopa County Bar Association Task Force for the Recruitment and Retention of Minority and Women Lawyers and by the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. Each year, local law firms work with second-year minority law students from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law to improve the student's writing skills and expose them to clerking assignments in a private firm setting. One of the firm's full-time associates is a past participant in the program.

RCA lawyers also have a long tradition of professional and civic leadership roles in organizations whose core purposes reflect diversity. We've been pioneers in tribal economic development, served on boards and in leadership positions of women's and minority organizations, and support our staff in their diverse community efforts through our volunteer program, RCA Cares. See below for just a few examples of our attorneys' commitment to diversity.

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite continues to make diversity a top priority.

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Our Attorneys' Diversity Efforts Include:
  • Rodolfo Parga Jr. served as Chairman of the Board of Chicanos Por La Causa, one of the largest non-profits in the U.S. serving underprivileged communities.
  • Sheela S. Stack was named to the Denver Bar Association's Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee.
  • Jessica Ann Benford was selected to the second class of the State Bar of Arizona's Bar Leadership Institute, a one-year program designed to foster the professional growth and enhance the leadership skills of a diverse group of attorneys. She now serves on the Selection Committee for the Bar Leadership Institute.
  • Mark H. Boscoe participates in a variety of Jewish-based charitable organizations and is a past president of the BMH-BJ Synagogue.
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