The MCCA Diversity Gala is the annual national awards program honoring the foremost corporate law departments from across the nation for diversity, industry leadership and achievements in their legal department diversity programs.

Keynote Address

Joseph K. West, President & CEO gives his keynote address at the 2014 MCCA Diversity Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

A Lifetime of Achievement

  MCCA’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is Justice Cruz Reynoso  

MCCA’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is Justice Cruz Reynoso. Justice Reynoso is the first Latino Associate Justice on the California Supreme Court (1982-1987) and is currently a professor emeritus of law at the University of California, Davis. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 2000, and the Hispanic National Bar Association’s highest honor, the Lincoln-Juarez Award, among many other honors and awards. Justice Reynoso has dedicated his legal, judiciary and educational work to promote civic engagement and defend the civil rights of our society’s most disenfranchised.

2014 Employer of Choice Honorees

MCCA recognized the following outstanding law departments with The Employer of Choice Award, which is designed to spotlight industry leaders who have a commitment to and succeed at creating and maintaining an inclusive corporate legal department.
 

Northeast Region Mid-Atlantic Region Midwest Region South Region West Region

 
Susan L. Blount,
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

 
Dan Troy,
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

 
Sharon R. Barner,
Vice President and General Counsel

 
Rupert Bondy,
Group General Counsel,
BP p.l.c.

 
Scott Wilensky,
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

 

Accepting for GlaxoSmithKline
PD Villarreal
Senior Vice President
Global Litigation

 

 Accepting for BP America Inc.
Jack Lynch
Deputy Group General Counsel

 

Special Thanks

Laurence Fishburne, James Ingram, Kristen Welker

Laurence Fishburne James Ingram Kristen Welker

MCCA would like to thank Laurence Fishburne who presented the MCCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Thank you to James Ingram for his amazing musical performance and to Kristen Welker for her outstanding job as host of this year’s MCCA Diversity Gala.