Notes from the President & CEO
It’s Time to Be More
I RECEIVED A CALL FROM A LARGE LAW FIRM PARTNER who lives in Baltimore as that city had its recent turn in the curious spotlight that tends to follow those all too familiar tragic incidents that arrive tinged with racial overtones. He said wearily, "What's happening to my B'More?" It was a reminder of the universal import of the principles of inclusiveness and the fact that every organization-whether public or private, and regardless of purpose-needs the tools to implement these principles in a meaningful way.
Annually, when we create the agenda for our Pathways to Diversity Conference, we focus on three tracks: talent optimization, global diversity and inclusion, and inclusive leadership and management. We fill our panels with general counsel and other c-suite executives who are not only leaders in their organizations, but in the legal industry. Their shared expertise and your ability to benchmark your organization are two excellent reasons to attend the conference. If you want to round out the "reasons to attend list" with a third, it's the built-in networking time. Visit www.mcca.com/pathways to review our conference agenda, register or to find out about sponsorship opportunities for this June 29 event.
On the heels of our Pathways to Diversity Conference is the MCCA Diversity Gala on June 30 that honors leading corporate law departments and individuals who champion diversity and inclusion. This year, we are excited to recognize the Hon. Deval L. Patrick as our Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. We also have Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith as our keynote speaker. The Dance Theatre of Harlem will be the night's entertainment. Richard Lui, news anchor from MSNBC and NBC, will be our host and, all of this will take place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. What a beautiful venue to showcase our annual award winners. Details about the Diversity Gala can be found at www.mcca.com/gala. I hope to see you there.
This month's cover story is about our LMJ Scholarship recipients. Established in 2004, the LMJ Scholarship program seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students and advance the diversity pipeline to the legal profession. The first class of scholars started receiving money in 2005, so 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary for this groundbreaking program that helps diverse law students. Because the scholarship program is such an important part of MCCA's history, we wanted to do more than just showcase the current recipients. We wanted to follow the career trajectories of previous scholars and find out how they are giving back. So, over the next several issues of Diversity & the Bar, you will see a series of articles that follows up with them. For details about our LMJ Scholarship program, please visit www.mcca.com/scholarships.
We appreciate your continued support of MCCA and our collective dedication to the mission of making the legal profession better by making it more inclusive. It is a mission that is universal and one, which allows each of us to "Be More."
Joseph K. West