Notes from the President & CEO

A Time for Change

Joseph K. West President & CEO THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR when many of us make and hopefully implement our resolutions for the new year. It’s considered a time that we can start fresh. We are often hopeful at what the new year and its possibilities can bring forth.

This issue showcases not only an expanded content direction for Diversity &
the Bar, but provides insight into the best of the best. Whether it’s showcasing NAPABA’s Best Lawyers Under 40, learning about leading teams of attorneys or finding out how MCCA Founding Member Tom Sager has always opened doors for others, we find this issue bursting with content that can inspire our efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. We have added regular columnists who are in our legal profession. Their insight can be extremely valuable to improving your practice of law. We hope that you agree.

Another change is our new digital platform for the magazine available at Our switch means that navigating the magazine’s content online is easier. The navigation bar on the left side allows you to go quickly to any content you may find most interesting. The share function now allows you to post an article to a variety of social networking sites or email it to a colleague. For those of you involved in social media, we ask that you share our content so that others know more about us. Not going to be online for a while, but want to read D&B? No problem. You can download the entire issue to your desktop and read if offline. Need to search for a past article? You can do that, too. We’ve archived the 2014 issues and the previous years when we produced digital issues. When our app is available in the Apple, Google and Amazon stores, we will notify you.

As we continue to expand our digital content strategy, we will launch a daily aggregated customized enewsletter delivered directly to you. No matter your area of expertise, you customize the content you receive based on your areas of interest. If you don’t find it valuable, you can unsubscribe. We believe this information will be helpful in your legal practice and in your diversity and inclusion efforts.

As consumers of information, we spend more time online than ever before. We have decided to discontinue printing Diversity & the Bar. This was not a decision easily made. We are a small organization and are lucky to have a magazine like this. We still want to showcase and expand its content. For now, it will be in a digital format. To make it convenient for you and to communicate when the issue is live on our site, we will send you an email highlighting the content in our new issue.

If you are not an MCCA member or FAN (Firm Affiliate Network), this will be your last printed issue. We value your readership and hope that you find the content useful. If you still want access to the content, you will have to join MCCA at If you want to know whether your law department or law firm belongs to MCCA, you can view those names on the link above and click on the Membership List or FAN List. If you still are not certain if you receive emails from MCCA, please email and we can verify your legal department or law firm’s membership for you and add your contact information to the account if necessary.

Finally, I am extremely proud of the first of what will be several MCCA research projects for 2015. The newly launched “Tracking the Integration of the Federal Judiciary” found at is an interactive web portal that provides historical and real-time information on minority Article III judges that is searchable in a number of ways including by district, circuit and president. We believe you will find it to be a useful resource.

Thank you for your continued support of MCCA. We can’t reach our goals without you. 

Joseph K. West
President & CEO

Publications Staff

President & CEO
Joseph K. West

Founder and
Publisher Emeritus

Lloyd M. Johnson Jr.



Kimberly A. Howard, CAE


M.J. Mrvica Associates, Inc.

Design/Art Direction
BonoTom Studio, Inc.


MCCA Staff
Shikha Bhatnagar
Mahzarine Chinoy
David Chu
Donna Crook
Charles H. Hollins, Jr.
Behnaz Mistry
Aracely Muñoz Petrich
Andrea Pimm


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Summary: This issue showcases not only an expanded content direction for Diversity & the Bar, but provides insight into the best of the best.

Summary: Is there a more powerful and influential industry on earth than the movie industry? Is there a more powerful and influential position than the presidency of the United States? If the answer to these questions is “yes”, then what should we make of the recent revelation that Sony executives, while preparing to attend a fundraiser for President Obama, regaled each other with racist jokes at the president’s expense?

Summary: THE LAST FEW MONTHS HAVE NOT BEEN KIND to leadership figures in the wide world of sports. The well-publicized racist comments and actions of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling were followed by the revelation of even more bigoted comments from Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson and General Manager Danny Ferry about that teams’ fans and a minority player.

Summary: MY ALMOST TEENAGE DAUGHTER RECENTLY TOLD ME THAT SHE IS CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE LAW. She said that she was influenced after watching my closing argument in a jury trial I conducted seven years ago. I was flattered, but I also have mixed feelings about her career choice.

Summary: This issue of Diversity & the Bar lands on desks before MCCA's Pathways to Diversity Conference and just prior to the release of MCCA's Annual General Counsel Survey.

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