Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Minority Corporate Counsel Association Inc

To make the next generation of legal leaders as diverse as the world we live in.

aka MCCA   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.mcca.com/

Mission

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is committed to advancing the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse lawyers in law departments and law firms by providing research, best practices, professional development and training; and through pipeline initiatives.

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

Jean Lee

Main address

1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004 USA

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Formerly known as

Minority Corporate Counsel Association Inc

EIN

13-3920905

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Minority Rights (R22)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MCCA is addressing the lack of diversity in the legal profession. MCCA has tracked the number of under-represented minority partners (primarily African American, Asian American, and Latinx) at the largest law firms in the United States since 2004, which was a direct response to a "Call to Action" from Rick Palmore, then general counsel of Sara Lee. Since then, the number of under-represented partners has only improved from 7% to 9%. Our 2017 Vault/MCCA Survey report reveals that while law firms have become more diverse, the demographic shifts are both incremental and uneven. Minority representation at the partner level has increased by more than two percentage since 2007, thanks to higher promotion rates and increased lateral hiring. Still, even though 1 in 4 law firm associates is a person of color, more than 90 percent of equity partners are white. Among women, the figures are especially stark: women of color represent 13% of associates but less than 3% of equity partners.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference

The Creating Pathways to Diversity® conference focuses on global diversity and inclusion, talent optimization, inclusive leadership and management to bolster the promotion and retention of diverse attorneys. The program offers practical development tools, best practices and resources for individual lawyers and organizations. For individuals, there are workshops to improve rainmaking and business development skills, including the MCCA Pitch Session Network. The Pitch Session Network allows corporate law departments to directly connect with diverse attorneys, diversify their service client portfolios and assist in holding law firms and legal service providers accountable for their diversity efforts. For organizations, expert panels address areas for improved execution of a diversity and inclusion strategy. All of these programs provide opportunities for networking and advancing the careers of diverse attorneys.

Population(s) Served
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The Global TEC Forum: Empowering Change in Technology, Education and Careers (“G-TEC Forum” or “Forum”) addresses diversity in the tech industry, the latest disruptions and challenges facing the legal profession, and how emerging technologies are changing the practice of law. It was a direct response to the lack of diversity in the technology industry and specifically to general counsel who shared that it was a challenge recruiting and hiring under-represented minorities for their departments and as outside counsel. The G-TEC Forum is one way that MCCA is addressing these challenges by promoting the brightest women and diverse talent in the industry by providing those talented lawyers with an opportunity to share the latest disruptions and challenges facing the legal profession and how emerging technologies are changing the practice of law. In addition to continuing legal education focused on promoting our women and diverse lawyers, MCCA provides an opportunity for all lawyers to attend career development programs to support their careers and help them grow their networks in a small intimate setting such as our Forum. The ultimate goal for each attendee is to cultivate professional relationships, learn about the latest tech developments in the legal profession and strategically advance their professional brand and career.

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The General Counsel Summit (GCS) combines professional development and leadership programs with networking events to meet peers, exchange ideas and launch legal careers to the next level. We are reinventing GCS to offer customized professional development programs for diverse senior in-house counsel led by a faculty comprised of diverse Fortune 500 general counsels. Sessions will provide guidance on how to navigate the executive search and vetting processes, interviewing with the CEO, leadership qualities of a Fortune 500 general counsel and how to own your seat in the boardroom. GCS’ purpose is to provide senior attorneys the skills and knowledge to move the needle at the top—on getting more people into the boardrooms where the decisions are made and the future is built.

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Coinciding with the Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference, is the annual Diversity Gala. The funds raised from our Diversity Gala support MCCA’s research, conferences and professional development programming throughout the year. The Gala features an elegant networking reception and an awards program honoring individuals, corporate legal departments and law firms championing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

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The Seattle Inclusion Summit (“Summit”) is part of the new Inclusive Leader Program we launched in 2018 in partnership with Microsoft to address the growing need for diverse and inclusive leaders to disrupt homogeneity in legal leadership. To accrue the dividends that diversity and inclusion (“D&I”) has the potential to produce, bold and inclusive leadership is required both on an individual and a systemic, organization-wide level. Diversity by itself is not enough. An organization with a reputation for inclusiveness becomes a magnet, attracting top diverse talent; in turn, that talent can better tap markets’ potential, whether in emerging economies or among a broader set of consumers. The inaugural Summit focused on the newly released research report, Bias Interrupters: You Can’t Change What You Can’t See (the “Report”). For decades, the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession (“the Commission”) and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (“MCCA”) have worked tirelessly to combat gender and racial bias in the legal profession. This new research confirms that many of the traditional diversity & inclusion tools we have relied upon over the years have been ineffective, and the findings have served as the foundation in developing the next generation of diversity & inclusion strategies. The Summit included a presentation by expert panelists and a workshop. Panelists shared the findings from the Report, discussed how to strategically implement solutions and reviewed the tactical toolkits provided in the Report. The Summit’s workshop focused on five (5) goals that touched on topics such as eliminating bias from performance evaluations; promoting a culture of inclusion and increasing talent retention; how law departments can be effective allies to diverse outside counsel; and characteristics of an inclusive leader and their role in law firms and corporate legal departments. The ultimate goal of the workshop was to provide guidance and best practices on how individuals can act as organizational change agents, implement real solutions utilizing the toolkits, create systemic accountability and benchmark progress. MCCA has summarized and finalized the resulting best practices developed by the workshop participants and it is now available to all MCCA members. MCCA members can access the Seattle Inclusion Summit Best Practices and Guidelines via the MCCA Member Portal.

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In 2004, the MCCA established the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship (“LMJ Scholarship”) program. The LMJ Scholarship program seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students and advancing the diversity pipeline to the legal profession. The LMJ Scholarship Program provides financial support to incoming first-year law students pursuing a juris doctorate degree. The scholarship is open to diverse students who have: been accepted to an ABA-accredited law school on a full-time basis; an outstanding or promising academic record; an interest in corporate law; demonstrated community service and leadership qualities; a financial need; and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Since its inception, the LMJ Scholarship program has awarded over $3.5 million in scholarships to nearly 200 students of which 39% are men and 61% are women.

Population(s) Served
Students

In addition to our major conferences and events, MCCA hosts roadshows throughout the country, featuring thoughtful roundtables that focus on regional issues of diversity and inclusion, specifically recruiting, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys. These roadshows are an opportunity to engage the membership and connect with local leaders to learn about their concerns, share best practices, and discuss sustainable solutions.

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Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

MCCA is committed to advancing the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse lawyers in law departments and law firms by providing research, best practices, professional development and training; and through pipeline initiatives. MCCA aims to diversify the legal profession and to make the next generation of legal leaders as diverse as the world we live in a reality.

MCCA's strategy is to provide various solutions to address the lack of diversity in the legal profession. Each solution will tackle one of the various diversity and inclusion issue in the legal profession. MCCA's strategy is to provide cutting-edge research that provides tools and best practices for firms and corporate legal departments and implement in their organizations. MCCA will host conferences and workshops to educate our law firm and corporate legal department members of various industry trends and best practices. Our conferences and networking events will provide our members with the opportunity to share their experiences and programs on diversity and inclusion with each other. MCCA will offer programs to help with professional development to prepare practitioners when dealing with diversity issues.

MCCA hosts its Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference which focuses on global diversity and inclusion, talent optimization, inclusive leadership, and management to bolster the promotion and retention of diverse attorneys. For individuals, there are workshops to improve rainmaking and business development skills, including the MCCA Pitch Session Network. MCCA Pitch Session Network allows corporate law departments to directly connect with diverse attorneys, diversify their client portfolios and assist in holding law firms accountable for their diversity efforts. MCCA also relaunched the Diversity Career Expo where prospective corporate employers can connect with diverse talent from all over the country while promoting their legal department as an employer of choice. Coinciding with the Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference, MCCA hosts its annual Diversity Gala. The funds raised from the Diversity Gala supports MCCA's research, conferences, and professional development programming throughout the year. The Gala features an awards program that highlights and honors individuals, corporate legal departments and law firms championing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. MCCA also hosts the Global TEC Forum which addresses diversity in the tech industry, the latest disruptions, and challenges facing the legal profession, and how emerging technologies are changing the practice of law. This Forum is a direct response to the lack of diversity in the tech industry and specifically to general counsels who shared that it was a challenge recruiting and hiring under-represented minorities for their departments and as outside counsel. Global TEC is a one-way MCCA is addressing these challenges by promoting the brightest women and diverse talent in the industry. Additionally, MCCA hosts roadshows throughout the country, featuring thoughtful roundtables that focus on regional issues of diversity and inclusion, specifically recruiting, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys. These roadshows are an opportunity to engage the membership and connect with local leaders to learn about their concerns, share best practices, and discuss sustainable solutions. MCCA launched its Inclusive Leader Program in partnership with Microsoft to address the growing need for diverse and inclusive leaders to disrupt homogeneity in legal leadership. To accrue the dividends that diversity and inclusion have the potential to produce, bold and inclusive leadership is required both on an individual and a systemic, organization-wide level. MCCA also has a pipeline initiative, the LMJ Scholarship Program which seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students and advancing the diversity pipeline to the legal profession. MCCA further its mission by publishing research to recognize and promote diversity efforts related to best practices in the legal profession, and by honoring innovative diversity programs.

MCCA will gauge the success of its programs using different analytics and data from the results of our researches and programs. During the last two years, the Pitch Session Network has proven to be another way to change the landscape of the legal profession and help it more diverse. Through the Pitch Session Network program, the hiring of an African American lawyer has helped the firm increased its numbers of African American associates from 1 to 3 (a 300% growth). MCCA has also tracked the number of under-represented minority partners at the largest law firms in the United States since 2004. Through the various annual General Counsel surveys and Law Firm diversity surveys, MCCA will be able to track the trend and progress of the diversity in the legal profession.

MCCA has been able to spread the message about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. With the increase of social corporate activism, we will be able to capitalize and drive the momentum of diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession. In the last year, we have increased our new membership and have partnered with others to tackle the issue of diversity in the legal profession. We have partnered with Microsoft to address the growing need for diverse and inclusive leaders to disrupt homogeneity in legal leadership. Moving forward into 2019, we are tackling corporate culture and addressing the needs there along with diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

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Minority Corporate Counsel Association Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. A.B. Cruz, III

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Keywords

Civil Rights, Advocacy, Social Action, Diversity and Inclusion