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

This amazing night will include an exclusive awards program that combines honors with entertainment in the famed Eisenhower Theater at The Kennedy Center followed by an elegant dinner networking reception.

The MCCA Diversity Gala at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC will offer increased opportunities for participants to interact with the MCCA network on a national scale. Sponsorships of this program provide high-level visibility to the MCCA network through various outlets including the MCCA website and Diversity & the Bar® magazine with unparalleled onsite access to the honorees and special guests.

A Lifetime of Achievement

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

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

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

Sharon R. Barner,
Vice President and General Counsel

Scott Wilensky,
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Dan Troy,
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Susan L. Blount,
Executive Vice President and General Counsel


Special Guest Presenter

Laurence Fishburne

Esteemed actor, producer, director and social activist Laurence Fishburne will deliver the keynote address, as well as present MCCA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the MCCA Diversity Gala on July 25, 2014 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Musical Performance by

James Ingram

Music icon, multi-Grammy award-winner and back-to-back Oscar nominee, James Ingram will sing at this year's MCCA Diversity Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Gala is MCCA’s premier awards program honoring leaders in the legal profession for diversity and inclusion.

  Musical performance by James Ingram


Hosted by

Kristen Welker

Kristen Welker, NBC News White House Correspondent, will serve as the emcee for the MCCA Diversity Gala, the premier awards program honoring leaders in the legal profession for diversity and inclusion.


Joseph K. West

Joseph K. West, President & CEO giving his keynote address at the 2013 MCCA Diversity Honors Gala at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York, NY.