Equity Track Program Application
The 2020-2021 Equity Track Program Application is now closed.
The MCCA developed the Equity Track Program (“Equity Track” or “Program”) in 2016 to address the lack of diversity within the equity partnership levels at majority-owned law firms as reported by our Law Firm Diversity Survey. After its initial launch, MCCA received feedback and paused to redesign a more comprehensive Equity Track Program.
We relaunched the Program in 2019 to address the continuing lack of diversity at the highest partnership levels in our largest law firms in the U.S. The Equity Track is a twelve-month program and once again we will select a small cohort of underrepresented minority income partners at major law firms. The cohort will not be more than ten partners to ensure a safe environment of learning and to develop meaningful relationships. The Program is designed to achieve three goals: identify, develop and promote underrepresented minority partners to achieve and maintain equity status within their firms.
In order to identify our partner class, all those interested must complete the application form below. The information you provide below will be kept confidential and will only be used to ensure we have the appropriate cohort for 2020. At this time the Program is an MCCA member benefit and only those who are MCCA members at the time of the application are eligible. No firm will be allowed to have more than one partner for the 2020 class and those selected must commit to attending all four meetings and at least two check-in calls during the twelve-month period. Otherwise, you will be asked to withdraw from the Program.
We will develop the cohort by providing the following interactive classroom programs: (i) developing relationships that will turn into business; (ii) refining executive presence and communicating with confidence; (iii) mock pitch sessions with senior in-house lawyers; and (iv) navigating politics of billing and origination credit.
The “Kitchen Cabinet” panel comprised of a rainmaker from each partner’s firm, a senior in-house lawyer who has authority to provide a book of business and make introductions to other senior in-house lawyers and an executive coach will focus on promoting the partner during the twelve months but, hopefully beyond. There is no guarantee of business from the in-house counsel.
If accepted, each partner will have an opportunity to attend all of MCCA’s special events that will provide access to our in-house community. The entire program is part of the membership benefit but, the participant will be responsible for his/her own travel and incidental costs. At MCCA, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our members, sponsors, employees and guests and at this time all meetings will be held virtually through Q2 2021. We will revisit the possibility of a in-person meeting if the situation permits us to do so in a healthy and safe manner.
The first official meeting will be announced once we have finalized the 2020-2021 Equity Track cohort. In order to be considered and accepted, you must complete the application below, have a senior partner who will be your sponsor, and you must provide candid feedback about the Program to ensure that we are driving change together for the next group.
The deadline for the application is September 21, 2020 at 11:59PM EST. We thank you for your interest.