MCCA’s Accomplishments Recognized by ACC
From left to right: Fred Krebs, President of ACC, presents the award to Veta Richardson and MCCA Board members Don H. Liu and N. Cornell Boggs III.
On October 29, 2007, as part of its 23th Annual Meeting, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) presented MCCA with the 2007 Matthew J. Whitehead, II Diversity Award. This marks the second time in 10 years that MCCA has been recognized in this fashion. This award is given “[t]o recognize outstanding achievement by a corporate counsel, a group of corporate counsel, a diversity project, or a corporation in creating an initiative or providing leadership, the ends of which result in increasing awareness of and commitment to corporate legal diversity, and/or the improvement of employment, retention, advancement and career path opportunities for attorneys of color.”
During the awards program, ACC proclaimed that MCCA “has developed practical resources and research offering important empirical data that—
for the first time—truly informs and directs the focus of in-house and law firm diversity efforts. It delivers these resources through its magazine, Diversity & the Bar, its research projects, its educational programming, an awards program, leadership forums, a top-notch web site, mentoring programs, and more.
“For their leadership in promoting one of ACC’s core values—diversity at every level of the legal profession—ACC once again salutes MCCA as a change agent for the legal profession and a leader in helping us all to realize the pathways to ensuring that our shared values are more than discussion points…. because of MCCA, our values of diversity may truly become our profession’s future reality.”
For more information about ACC, please visit www.acc.com.
Bank of America Recognizes Thompson & Knight’s Chief Diversity Officer
On Thursday, November 8, 2007, Pauline E. Higgins, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer of Thompson & Knight LLP, was named a recipient of The Local Heroes Award by Bank of America. This award recognizes five members of the Houston community who notably contribute to neighborhood vitality through their accomplishments and leadership. The awards were presented at the Houston Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards Celebration Reception.
Bank of America provides $5,000 to each of the five award recipients for them to donate to a charitable organization of their choosing. Ms. Higgins will donate this money to the Jamaican Foundation of Houston’s Minority Scholarship Fund.
For more information on The Local Heroes Award and the reception ceremony, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation. DB
From the January/February 2008 issue of Diversity & The Bar®