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The mission of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is to advocate for the expanded hiring, promotion, and retention of minority attorneys in corporate legal departments and the law firms that they retain. Since its founding in 1997, MCCA has emerged as a knowledge leader on diversity issues, and its programs and initiatives cover a wide range of diversity management issues, with an emphasis on the professional challenges faced by race/ethnic minorities; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lawyers; people with disabilities; and multi-generational workforces. MCCA furthers its mission by publishing research to recognize and promote diversity efforts and related best practices in the legal profession, and by honoring innovative diversity programs.

Workplace 2020: What Gen Y Attorneys Experience & Expect

The study is an exploration of legal workplaces from the perspective of Gen Y or Millennial attorneys.

A web-based survey was developed, which focused on the perceptions and experiences of Gen Y attorneys in a variety of areas relevant to their selection of employers, their experiences with and expectations of their employers, and their overall perspectives on the legal profession.

MCCA found that Millennial attorneys identified five critical factors when selecting an employer: geographical location, the opportunity to do meaningful work, the opportunity to work with great colleagues, learning/training opportunities, and the opportunity to learn from proven experts/leaders.

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2013 Do Good, Do Well

The MCCA Do Good, Do Well List showcases law firms that are successful in achieving high levels of excellence in both diversity and business. The list demonstrates that success in diversity and profitability are complementary, not competitive.

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White Papers: Fisher

The Potential Impact of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin of University Admissions

 

After Fisher: Significance and Strategies for Employers

Pathways Research

A Comprehensive Examination of Diversity Demographics, Initiatives, and Policies in Corporate Legal Departments
Supporting and improving diversity and inclusion in the legal industry has been an important and challenging business strategy for corporations and their legal departments for a number of years. The findings in this report reflect data collected in the first quarter of 2011 from online surveys completed by 765 corporate legal departments.

Sustaining Pathways To Diversity: The Next Steps in Understanding and Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in Large Law Firms

Sustaining Pathways to Diversity: The New Paradigm of LGBT Inclusion: A Recommended Resource For Law Firms
The New Paradigm of LGBT Inclusion: A Recommended Resource for the Legal Workplace is an in-depth research report by MCCA that examines the impact of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression on attorneys in large law firms. Its objective is to examine the experiences of LGBT attorneys at large law firms in order to craft advice and recommendations to assist law firms to foster more-inclusive and supportive environments for LGBT attorneys.

Sustaining Pathways To Diversity: The Next Steps in Understanding and Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in Large Law Firms

Sustaining Pathways to Diversity: The Next Steps in Understanding and Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in Large Law Firms
MCCA released its latest groundbreaking research report on the professional experiences of attorneys at Top 200 law firms, finding that while there have been commendable improvements to diversity programs since its earlier studies done back in 2002 and 2003, “Big Law” has a long way to go before the legal profession becomes a true meritocracy.

Creating Pathways to Diversity ® A Study of Law Department Best Practices - 2005 Update of the Green Book (Lime Green Book)

Creating Pathways to Diversity® A Study of Law Department Best Practices - 2005 Update of the Green Book (Lime Green Book)
Creating Pathways to Diversity® A Study of Law Department Best Practices re-examines the diversity practices of 15 corporate law departments in the United States. This book is an update to the Kelly Green Book.

 
Creating Pathways to Diversity® A Study of Law Department Best Practices (Green Book)

Creating Pathways to Diversity® A Study of Law Department Best Practices (Green Book)
Creating Pathways to Diversity® A Study of Law Department Best Practices closely examines the diversity practices of 16 corporate law departments in the United States.

 
Creating Pathways to Diversity®: A Set of Recommend Practices for Law Firms (Blue Book)

Creating Pathways to Diversity®: A Set of Recommend Practices for Law Firms (Blue Book)
Creating Pathways to Diversity®: A Set of Recommend Practices for Law Firms is an in-depth data-driven that balances quantitative and qualitative findings about the diversity practices and plans in law firms.

 
Creating Pathways to Diversity®:  The Myth of the Meritocracy: A Report on the Bridges and Barriers to Success in Large Law Firms (Purple Book)

Creating Pathways to Diversity® The Myth of the Meritocracy: A Report on the Bridges and Barriers to Success in Large Law Firms (Purple Book)
Creating Pathways to Diversity®: - The Myth of the Meritocracy: A Report on the Bridges and Barriers to Success in Large Law Firms is the result of a year-long project launched to answer the following questions: What criteria do partner use to decide who will attain partnership? What factors distinguish those who make partner from senior associates who are not elected? To what extent do credentials and experience, such as law school and other factors really distinguish successful lawyers form those who do not make it to partnership.
 

 
Creating Pathways to Diversity® Metrics for Success: Measurement in Diversity Initiatives (Burgundy Book)

Creating Pathways to Diversity® Metrics for Success: Measurement in Diversity Initiatives (Burgundy Book)
Creating Pathways to Diversity® Metrics for Success: Measurement in Diversity Initiatives is a report is designed to help you apply measurement approaches that are appropriate for various stages of diversity progression.

 
Creating Pathways to Diversity® From Lawyer to Business Partner Career Advancement in Corporate Law Departments (Pink Book)

Creating Pathways to Diversity® From Lawyer to Business Partner: Career Advancement in Corporate Law Departments (Pink Book)
Creating Pathways to Diversity® From Lawyer to Business Partner Career Advancement in Corporate Law Departments examines the success factors and barriers to advancing in-house.

 
Creating Pathways to Diversity® Mentoring Across Differences: A Guide to Cross-Gender and Cross-Race Mentoring (Yellow Book)

Creating Pathways to Diversity® Mentoring Across Differences: A Guide to Cross-Gender and Cross-Race Mentoring (Yellow Book)
Creating Pathways to Diversity® Mentoring Across Differences: A Guide to Cross-Gender and Cross-Race Mentoring examines mentoring relationships in law firms and law departments.

 

Reports

2011 Law Firm Diversity Professional Survey
A report prepared by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and containing recommended practices in support of this position.

The In-House Legal Internship Program handbook: A Guide for Development, Implementation, and Assessment
Authors: Sandy Brown practiced as an attorney for twelve years in Seattle, Wash., focusing on intellectual property.
Haris Khan is an associate at the Washington, D.C., office of DLA Piper US LLP in the firm's Government Affairs Practice Group.


New Millennium, Same Glass Ceiling?
The Impact of Law Firm Compensation Systems on Women

Examining the Role of the Law Firm Diversity Professional


2010 Law Firm Diversity Professional Survey
A report prepared by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and containing recommended practices in support of this position.

Examining the Role of the Law Firm Diversity Professional


Examining the Role of the Law Firm Diversity Professional
A report prepared by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

2009 Law Firm Diversity Professional Survey


2009 Law Firm Diversity Professional Survey

by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and Association
of Law Firm Diversity Professionals

White Papers

Taking the Pulse 2010: A Survey of Law Firms Owned by Diverse Attorneys Authored by Brandon M. Fitzgerald, this report follows up on MCCA's 2009 research report on non-majority owned firms by examing the current state of law firms owned by women, ethnic minorities, attorneys with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys.

Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey The Law Firm Diversity Database, created by Vault.com Inc. and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), provides statistics and other crucial information on diversity at more than 300 law firms nationwide.

Richardson Delivers Groundbreaking Presentation at ABA Conference on Attorneys with Disabilities


Recommendations for Inclusion of Attorneys with Disabilities Presented by Veta T. Richardson at the ABA's National Conference on the Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities; Washington D.C., June 16, 2009

Why Corporate Initiatives to Promote Inclusiono Through Selection of Outside Counsel Can Co-Exist with Title VII

Why Corporate Initiatives to Promote Inclusion Through Selection of Outside Counsel Can Co-Exist with Title VII: Another Look at Corporate Counsel Requests for Law Firm Diversity
Prepared by the law firm Jackson Lewis. Read more about this white paper in the special commemorative issue of Diversity & the Bar®.

Richardson Delivers Groundbreaking Presentation at ABA Conference on Attorneys with Disabilities

Women- and Minority-Owned Law Firms: Taking the Pulse

Authored by Brandon M. Fitzgerald, this September 2009 research report relies on the data from MCCA's June/July 2009 survey of women- and minority-owned law firms.

   

Surveys

MCCA® 2010 Survey of Fortune 500 Minority General Counsel

MCCA® 2010 Survey of Fortune 500 Women General Counsel

MCCA® 2009 Survey of Fortune 500 Minority General Counsel

MCCA® 2009 Survey of Fortune 500 Women General Counsel

MCCA® 2008 Survey of Fortune 500 Minority General Counsel

MCCA® 2008 Survey of Fortune 500 Women General Counsel

MCCA® 2007 Survey of Fortune 500 Minority General Counsel

MCCA® 2007 Survey of Fortune 500 Women General Counsel

MCCA® 2006 Survey of Fortune 500 Minority General Counsel

MCCA® 2006 Survey of Fortune 500 Women General Counsel

MCCA® 2005 Annual Survey of Fortune 500 Women General Counsel

MCCA® 2005 Annual Report on General Counsel of Color Leading Fortune 500 Companies

MCCA® 2004 Report on General Counsel of Color Leading Fortune 500 Companies

MCCA® 2004 Annual Survey of Fortune 500 Women General Counsel

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Databases

DORIS is a special section of the MCCA website, created only for MCCA members offering diversity best practices and resources.

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The MCCA Diverse Outside Counsel Database (DOCD) is an online database of professional profiles of diverse outside, searchable by practice expertise, geographic location and more.

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The Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey and Database are helping to set new standards for measuring improvements in diversity, and we are pleased to offer this valuable resource to the legal community.

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