The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) was founded in 1997 to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA furthers its mission through the collection and dissemination of information about diversity in the legal profession. MCCA takes an inclusive approach to the definition of “diversity.” Therefore, its research addresses issues of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and generational differences which impact the legal profession’s workforce.
Over the years, MCCA has conducted a number of research studies to examine the state of diversity in corporate law departments and law firms. Through its research, MCCA has identified and illuminated the best practices employed by those who have achieved diversity results, and this work continues to help set new industry standards.
MCCA was among the first to advocate the law firms institutionalize the role of the law firm diversity professional and empower the position with sufficient resources to lead and manage change in their law firms. In addition, through its annual conference MCCA assisted a small group of law firm diversity professionals to get to know one other and as the group grew in number, they combined forces to establish the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP).
MCCA continues to gather information in support of the role of diversity professional in large law firms. Annually, MCCA invites ALFDP to conduct a survey which law firms may use to benchmark the law firm diversity professional role, reporting relationships, dedicated resources, and budgets. The Annual MCCA/ALFDP Law Firm Diversity Professionals Survey (MCCA/ALFDP Survey) has informed and educated the legal profession about the emerging importance of the law firm diversity professional role and its increasing impact.
MCCA’s efforts focus on the research, collection, and dissemination of information of the status of diversity in the legal profession, as well as the use of that information to educate and advocate members of the legal profession in advancement of the association’s mission. As the preeminent voice on diversity issues in the legal profession, MCCA’s thought leadership has been widely recognized, and the association has been the recipient of several awards, including recognition by the National Minority Business Council, Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National LGBT Bar Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
MCCA Mission Statement
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Inc. (MCCA) was founded in 1997 to advance the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through publishing, research and training, pipeline initiatives, and networking.