Equity Track Program
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 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 are relaunching 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 will be a twelve-month program and we will select a very small cohort of diverse income partners at major law firms. The inaugural 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, groom and promote diverse partners to achieve and maintain equity status within their firms.
In order to identify our inaugural 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 2019. 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 2019 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 groom 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. The first official meeting will be from Monday, June 17, 2019 at 6:30PM until Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at noon. It will be a brief meeting to introduce the program, other participants and part one of our first session about developing relationships. We will kick off with a dinner on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 6:30PM.
The meetings will be in-person all over the country and will not be in your local city. 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/nomination is May 17, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.We thank you for your interest.