McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is strongly committed to the professional and personal success of women. Through the coordinated efforts of the firm-wide Committee for the Development and Advancement of Women (CDAW) and Women's Steering Committees in each of the firm's offices, the firm engages its attorneys, clients and communities in informative and innovative efforts which seek to enhance and celebrate the accomplishments of women.
Below are a few examples of the firm's initiatives:
- MLA Women's Leadership Forum on LinkedIn
In May 2013, MLA's CDAW launched an invitation-only Linked-In group entitled the "MLA Women's Leadership Forum." Through the knowledge-sharing environment of this LinkedIn group, MLA examines the core challenges facing women leaders and facilitates discussions aimed at empowering women to achieve their full potential.
- MLA Women’s Steering Committee - Atlanta
The Atlanta Women's Steering Committee held its annual Women's Leadership Event on May 2, 2013 at the Carter Center. The annual event serves as a focal point for year-round networking activities and brings relevant speakers together with professionally talented women throughout the Atlanta business community. This year's event featured Judy Smith, the nation's premier crisis management expert and the real-life inspiration behind ABC's hit political thriller series, Scandal, starring Kerry Washington.
- MLA Women’s Steering Committee - Los Angeles
On May 7, 2013, the Los Angeles Women's Steering Committee hosted a “Women on the Board” event. Speakers Jenni Luke (CEO of the Step Up Women’s Network), and Regina Birdsell (President and CEO of the Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management) addressed a group of MLA attorneys and clients regarding the importance of board service, as well as some of the legal logistics of board participation. Formal presentations were followed by a dynamic question and answer session during which the speakers addressed issues of liability for board members as well as conflicts of interest.
- MLA Women’s Steering Committee – Washington, DC
In Washington, DC, the Women's Steering Committee continues its highly successful "Advising Women Executives" series. Most recently, the group hosted a cocktail reception at the National Museum for Women in the Arts featuring Kim Ghattas, State Department Radio and TV Correspondent and author of The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton. Ms. Ghattas discussed her book and led attendees through a special gallery walk and viewing of Freya Grand's Minding the Landscape collection which was on exhibit at the museum.
- Pro Bono Human Trafficking Initiative
The MLA Women's Initiative leads the firm's efforts in the fight against human trafficking. The MLA Women's Initiative collaborates with the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) to take on pro bono cases for women escaping trafficking or abusive relationships and seeking asylum or immigration assistance.
- 2013 WILEF Gold Standard Certification
In June, MLA was named a Gold Standard Certified Firm by the Women in Legal Empowerment Forum (WILEF). Gold Certification emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by equity women partners, rather than the policies and practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership.
“Developing initiatives for the advancement of women is a core value of the firm and integral to its strategic vision. These initiatives focus on strengthening essential leadership skills and broadening professional relationships that are critical to the success of our women attorneys and our firm."
Dara D. Mann
Partner - Litigation