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Watching MCCA's 15 Rising Stars and the Future of the Legal Profession

Jean LeeAs your new president and CEO, I am thrilled to be in the pages of Diversity & the Bar. This issue, full of fantastic information, is written by and showcases diverse counsel. Our annual Rising Stars cover story about 15 upcoming lawyers to watch is a beautiful reminder of not only who some of our diverse counsel are but how they came to practice law and give back to the community.

Are you a small business or have clients who are? Hear from the Small Business Administration’s General Counsel on how the SBA can help. You might be surprised what this government agency has to offer and some of the big name companies who were once small that they’ve helped along the way.

Team building. Everyone talks about it and wants to be the best at it. Find out how this law firm built its diverse lobbying team and how they work together.

Is your client or your company considering doing business in an emerging market? If so, our article about reducing bribery risk might be a good primer for you.

Statistics tell us that the legal profession is comprised mostly of men. The judiciary mirrors that. But, we interview three women of color who recount their experiences on the bench. Learn about their perspective in this article and see if you might be interested in this career path.

In our ongoing LMJ Scholarship Alumni series, we track the class of 2007 and interview a scholar who now weaves his legal expertise with teaching.

I hope to see you at our General Counsel Summit next month. GCS offers you and your senior team the opportunity to benchmark your legal department with five powerful educational sessions. This four-day event also provides you 17 networking possibilities in an atmosphere that fosters professional development and connections. Details about GCS, including our exceptional line-up of c-suite speakers, can be found at www.mcca.com/gcs. Your attendance and participation at GCS also helps fund the future through the MCCA LMJ Scholarship Program. The diversity pipeline starts with law students. Find out more about them and this program at www.mcca.com/scholarships.

I am excited to be here at MCCA. I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events or hearing from you directly about how we can grow MCCA for the future. And, I look forward to sharing my vision for MCCA and the great things we have in store as we prepare to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2017.

Jean Lee
President & CEO

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Summary: As your new president and CEO, I am thrilled to be in the pages of Diversity & the Bar. Our annual Rising Stars cover story about 15 upcoming lawyers to watch is a beautiful reminder of not only who some of our diverse counsel are but how they came to practice law and give back to the community.

Summary: AS 2016 KICKS OFF, the MCCA team has created three showcase educational opportunities for you. I encourage you to plan on attending any or all of these events. I will attend all three and hope to see you and members of your team participating. Not only do MCCA events offer excellent CLE-approved legal programming, they are intimate enough that you and your team can make networking matter.

Summary: PRESIDENT OBAMA recently hosted the first ever White House Demo Day which focused on the need for greater inclusiveness in the venture capital and tech sectors and which highlighted the administration’s TechHire initiative. A White House press release revealed some startling statistics that these initiatives are designed to address.

Summary: THE LEGAL PROFESSION is the least diverse of all white collar professions. MCCA’s core mission is to change that. Growing up in the deep South, I attended a segregated school system until junior high school. If you look at that in terms of years, it was not that long ago.

Summary: 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.

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